Welcome to birdwatchers of all skills and levels! Venture to a variety of locations around Essex County and take some time to observe a rich variety of birdlife. We'll travel by van and carpool to focus our three-hour field trip on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, the Merrimack River estuary, and other locations around Essex County.
*Please note that you are registering for ONLY the date and location indicated at the top of this page.
Below is a list of the remaining scheduled WINTER dates and locations for Friday Morning Birdwatching, which you may search and register for on our website. Please see Friday Morning Birdwatching in Spring for dates beginning in April, 2023.
March 10: Newburyport and vicinity
March 17: Cape Ann
March 24: Leader's Choice
March 31: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. From there we will travel by Mass Audubon vans and carpool.
Mass Audubon and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encourage carpooling to reduce the number of vehicles inside the refuge. Our program passes cover our vans and carpooling, but not individual one-person vehicles within the caravan. Participants who choose not to carpool by driving without at least one passenger will be asked to cover the $5 fee at our front desk during registration. Thank you for helping to reduce the impact of vehicular traffic at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Bring binoculars, a field guide to birds, and a scope if you have one. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and terrain.
*Masks are required in Mass Audubon vehicles, otherwise are optional.
Mass Audubon cancellation policy: If you wish to withdraw less than seven days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. If Mass Audubon cancels the program, you will receive a refund in full.