Mass Audubon's Tern Island is a 28-acre island located just a stone's throw from the shoreline of Chatham's mainland. It features extensive tidal flats at low tide and is fast becoming one of the best spots to see migrating shorebirds in the late summer and fall, including short-billed dowitchers, American oystercatchers, and flocks of red knots. In late spring and early summer nesting birds including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, and least terns can be observed. A short boat shuttle over to the island and little walking also make it a great destination! In addition to shorebirds, we may find staging swallows in late summer and fall, as well as egrets and other waders.
We welcome birders of all levels on our birding trips. These trips are designed for those with a specific interest in birds; the naturalist's goal is to help participants find and observe as many bird species as possible.
Directions and meeting time provided upon registration.
Pre-registration is required; program registrations will not be taken on-site by the program leader.
This trip meets at the "cowyard landing" on Cow Yard Lane in Chatham from where we will carpool to the Chatham Fish Pier. From the fish pier we will take a short boat shuttle over to the island. Please be at the meeting location 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
This trip involves wading ashore from a boat; your feet will get wet and you may get wet up to your knees, depending on the tide and your stature. Please be prepared to walk on wet sand for up to 1.5 miles. You will be exposed to sun, wind, and salt spray. We recommend that you bring binoculars, sunscreen, windbreaker, hat, and drinking water. Bathrooms are NOT available on the island (or at the meeting location).
Please note our cancellation policy: In order to receive a refund, you must notify us of your cancellation at least 7 days before the program begins. If we cancel the program, you will receive a full refund. We reserve the right to change programs, schedules, and instructors, and to cancel programs due to unfavorable weather.