Field School: Birding Fall Migration


3 classes (show schedule)
Fri, Oct 06, 2023
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat, Oct 07, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, Oct 08, 2023
7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet


Mark Faherty - Mass Audubon Scientist






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Birding on the Cape during fall migration offers incredible diversity. Resident species mingle with southbound migrants and early-arriving winter birds. We will explore the Outer Cape's barrier beaches, salt marshes, tidal flats, and woodlands in search of shorebirds, raptors, seabirds, songbirds, and ducks. We will also take an extended hike out along Hatches Harbor in Provincetown out to Race Point for the prime opportunities it provides to see pelagic species from shore. A live, online presentation will augment field trips.

During the course, we will touch upon topics such as identification, breeding biology, foraging ecology, and migration-including a fantastic opportunity to experience bird banding through a demonstration by Certified Master Bander James Junda. There is nothing as exciting as seeing a bird up-close and in-hand, and to learn what researchers can learn about birds only through banding! That evening, an indoor presentation will complement our field experiences.

*Please note: the hours listed on the schedule may vary from the sample schedule in the field school brochure and are subject to change based on tides, staff, optimal wildlife sights, and other variables. A detailed schedule will be prepared and sent to registrants at approximately 3-4 weeks in advance.

Due to COVID protocols, participants will need to provide their own transportation to field trip locations around the Cape.

This course is one of serveral Cape Cod Field Schools offered. Visit

Instructions and Directions:

Advance registration is required and is accepted on-line, over the phone, or through the mail. Payment in full is due upon registration. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter, then 2-3 weeks in advance of your course you will receive an email with detailed information related to the class.

Due to COVID protocols, participants will need to provide their own transportation to field trip locations around the Cape.

Cancellations must be received in writing (via email or regular mail) 30 days before starting date to receive a full refund (less a $50 nonrefundable administration fee per registrant).

Cancellation received less than 30 days before starting date may result in forfeit of entire course fee. If we can fill your spot with another registration then your balance is returned, less the $50 nonrefundable administration fee. The sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any course with a full refund to registrants.

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Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 US-6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Email [email protected] for more information.