Winter is a wonderful season to learn about birds. Fewer species present in the winter mean you can build your bird-watching skills prior to the rush of spring migration. Each session will focus on a different group of birds, how they are adapting to climate change, and what you can do to help both birds and their habitats.
In the first session, participants will take a leisurely walk along some of Arcadia's trails and learn the identification and natural history of common winter birds such as Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, woodpeckers and more. We will also look for some of the more uncommon "irruptive" species that might come down to Massachusetts in any given year. We'll stop by the bird feeders to observe the birds more closely, and discuss different types of food, feeders, and ways you can get involved in community science for the birds.
Crows are among the most intelligent of birds, and winter time presents an opportunity to observe crows at their urban winter roost sites. Springfield hosts one of the largest roosts in the state with over 10,000 birds gathering each evening around sunset. The exact location may change each night, so details on where to meet will be sent a week before the program which will take place in Springfield late in the afternoon.
As long as food is available, many magnificent raptor species such as Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Northern Harriers may be seen flying in the Arcadia meadows. Join us as we walk a few miles on flat terrain to the Arcadia meadows to search for birds of prey.
The first and third classes will meet at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The second class to observe crows will meet in Springfield, directions to be provided a week before the program. You must withdraw by a week in advance to receive a refund. Please dress warmly and in layers.This program will be conducted in accordance with current Municipal, State, and Mass Audubon Covid-19 protocols. The program will take place entirely outdoors.