Birds & Birding
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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.
Whether you're a veteran or a novice, you'll find a wide variety of birding programs, classes, and trips suited to your experience level at a sanctuary near you.
Updated weekly, our recent bird sightings will introduce you to the wide variety of species Massachusetts has to offer year-round.
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.
A Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) is a collection of data about all of the birds that breed in a particular state or region and exemplifies citizen science at its best.
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.
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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Wildlife & Conservation Research
Since mid-April, a team of Mass Audubon volunteers has combed the streets of downtown Boston in search of migratory birds killed by collisions with windows. Here are some preliminary results of our first season running the Avian Collision Team (ACT). The first statistic that jumps out is the higher-than-expected number of live, injured birds found […]
Ever wonder what we do in the field? Check out this video of Bertrand Chair, Joan Walsh, marking Roseate Tern nests on Great Gull Island, NY. Jeff Collins, Director of Conservation Science at Mass Audubon, asked Joan to share what a day in the field looks like on Great Gull Island. Joan has worked on […]