Spring Migration Club: The Big Spring
Join Wellfleet Bay Staff for an in-depth look at spring migration on Cape Cod. Learn about utilizing citizen science and reading habitats and weather to find birds to maximize your year list. This 6-part program series features lectures, guided walks, and van trips to key destinations.
Session I - Utilizing Citizen Science and eBird
Friday, March 13, 8:30-11AM
Citizen science plays an important role in modern birding and ornithology. Join Naturalist Joel Wagner in exploring the many uses of the largest citizen science project in the world - eBird. This program will include an indoor presentation on the purpose of eBird and how to make the most out of reporting and analyzing sightings, as well as time in the field birding and practicing.
Session II - Van Trip: Birding the Lower Cape
Friday, March 20, 8:30AM-1PM
Birding hotspots in Barnstable, Mashpee and Falmouth start to “wake up” in mid-March. This trip will be focused on finding lingering winter birds as well as early migrants at stops like South Cape Beach State Park, Martson's Mill ponds, and Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area. From sea ducks to Meadowlarks this will be a great kick-off to spring birding! Trip lead by Naturalist, Joel Wagner.
Session III -
Friday, April 10, 8:30-11AM
Weather conditions dictate migration. When the conditions are right, warbler migration can be so busy that the birds seem to be “dripping from the trees”. Join us in learning about what weather conditions make for good migratory flights and how to choose when and where to go birding. Program will include an indoor presentation and time in the field.
Session IV - Van Trip: Exploring Lakeville Ponds
Friday, April 17, 7AM-1PM
This trip will focus on exploring a unique part of the Taunton River Watershed - the Lakeville Ponds. This expansive area is home to some of the best birding in Southeastern Mass. We will spend the day searching for migrating ducks, wading birds and Bald Eagles. The trip will also include a brief birding visit to the site of Samson's Tavern - the place where Henry David Thoreau stayed while visiting the area, and a brief stop at the Royal Wampanoag Cemetery.
Session V -
Friday, May 15, 8:30-11AM
Whether we realize it or not, the stops migrating birds make on their long journey north are deliberate. Join us in learning the key skills to deciphering a landscape to find more birds. Learn about plant communities and relationships with birds, migratory strategies and what makes Cape Cod's migratory habitats exceptional. This session will also include a visit to our banding station. Lead by Naturalist Joel Wagner and Master Bander James Junda.
Session VI - Van Trip: Big Morning on the Outer Cape
Friday, May 22, 7AM-1PM
This trip is timed around the average peak for songbird migration on the Outer Cape. This morning we will visit a number of legendary hotspots including the Beech Forest, High Head and Clapps Pond in search of as many species as possible. We will put all of the new skills from the season into practice and enjoy a great morning of beautiful birds!
Arrive 10 minutes prior to the program start time to check in with the instructor. All sessions meet at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Dress appropriate for the weather and for walking up to two miles.
Bring binoculars. We'll provide a scope. For van trips, bring a brown bag lunch.
The program fee covers all six sessions. Partial refunds will not be given for missed sessions.
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 low enrollment or unfavorable weather.