Birding through the Seasons in 2023
Even with new phone apps and field guides for identifying birds’ songs and calls, identifying a bird species can be frustrating for folks who are new to birding.
Spend Time with a Good Birder
One of the best ways to build up your birding skills is to hang out with experienced birders! This year, you’ll have your chance. Mass Audubon Cape Cod birding ace Chris Walz is kicking off his year-long birding program which features once-a-month trips covering prime birding hotspots at the best times of the year: Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge for spring migration, the Upper Cape’s Crane Wildlife Management Area in June, Race Point in Provincetown in August, and Fort Hill in Eastham during fall migration. Owls and Ospreys are also on the agenda!
Chris says the program help new and intermediate birders to become keen observers and better birders in the field.
“The new phone ID apps are a great and helpful tool to identify birds by sight and sound but they’re limited by the experience of the user,” he says. “By learning more observational skills in the field, you can provide better information to the app to obtain a correct ID.”
Join for the Full Year or Drop-in
It's not too late to sign up for the full-year program, which will also feature a morning at a bird banding station this spring to see migrating birds at close range and to watch researchers in action and discuss what they're learning. Or you can join a single program on a "drop-in" basis. In March, the group will be looking and listening for owls in Barnstable!
See the full schedule and register by calling Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475.