Birds, Banding and Migration Field Trip Series (6-8)

Field Trip Series: School-based introductory program followed by a field trip with another wrap-up lesson at your school

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students learn about the importance of bird banding research with a multimedia virtual tour of our bird banding station and they will learn about songbird migration elements and use of a field guide and migration maps with an interactive group challenge.

Field Trip (multi-hour) Visit the bird banding station to observe how migratory birds are captured, identified, studied, and released. Focus on native plants that provide nourishment, nesting material, and shelter for birds on a guided bird walk and use binoculars in the field to find and identify birds by sight and sound.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will practice bird banding skills like species identification, taking measurements, and using banding tools with life-size bird models in the classroom and discuss how climate change affects birds over time.

Locations: School & Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location


6, 7, 8


  • In-School Sessions: Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs). The first classroom/group is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.
    Field Trip Session: Program cost depends on number of students and length of program. Mass Audubon charges a flat fee per group of 15 students ("sub-group"). For a two hour program, the first sub-group is $180, and any additional sub-groups are $150 each. Maximum of 6 sub-groups of 15 students or 90 total students. Entry fees to certain field trip locations not included.
    Please contact us for a direct quote.

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