Birds & Birding

Pileated woodpecker feeding chicks © Linda Cullivan
© Linda Cullivan

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Despite its small size, Massachusetts regularly records over 300 different species of birds every year. Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries offer excellent opportunities to see and learn more about the birds of Massachusetts, whether you’re on a naturalist-guided walk or on your own with one of our bird checklists.

Eastern Towhee (Photo: Roger Wrubel)
Eastern Towhee

Download and print a bird checklist before your visit to a wildlife sanctuary and bring it with you for a convenient way to keep track of birds you see.

Mass Audubon Birder's Meeting

March 3, 2019

Since 1992, New England birders have come together every March for our annual Birder’s Meeting, a one-day event with nationally-renowned speakers and top-notch vendors.

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May 15-16, 2020

During Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon's largest fundraiser, teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts.

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Learn About Birds

All About Birds

Baltimore Oriole © Bill Sooter
Baltimore Oriole © Bill Sooter

Want to learn how to attract birds to your yard? Discover why birds behave in certain ways? How to ID species that look similar? We've got the answers and more! Get to know birds >

Snowy Owl Project

Saving Snowy Owls

Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian
Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian

Mass Audubon is working to protect Snowy Owls, the largest owls in North America. Learn how and follow each owl's progress on migration maps. Read more >  

Be a Citizen Scientist

Be a Citizen Scientist

Your reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas across Massachusetts are important to Mass Audubon's efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of our birds. Join a project >