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Mt. Tom

May 21, 2022

6:30 am - 9:30 am

Join derek allard on the mostly flat, paved road below the Mt. Tom ridge, which includes the microburst blow down area that has become a favorite spot of Prairie Warblers, Winter Wrens, and Eastern Towhees.  Other warblers we might encounter include Worm-eating, Blackburnian, and Tennessee as well as possible Peregrine Falcons.  Meet at the west gate on Route 141 (opposite Tavern on the Hill restaurant.  We will walk about 4 miles, so please plan accordingly.  For information and to register contact [email protected] Easy

Mt. Holyoke State Reservation

May 22, 2022

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Locher hikes up the park road to the top of this local peak hoping for some late migrants and deep woods breeding specialties including Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers and Yellow-throated Vireos.  Meet at the (gated) entrance to Skinner State Park (at the end of Old Mountain Road in Hadley) at 6:00 am.  This is an occasionally steep hike on a paved road.  For more information or to register contact Mike (413-585-5864) Moderate/Strenuous

Hilltown Rambles

May 28, 2022

6:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join Dave Gross and Bob Zimmermann as they ramble around the Berkshire hilltowns looking for those migrants that prefer higher elevations than the valley provides.  We’ll be looking for American Bittern, Sandhill Cranes, Blackburnian Warblers and Spotted Sandpipers along with anything else we can turn up. There will be a bit of hiking at the hilly Moran Wildlife Area.  Meet at the Northampton Stop & Shop parking lot at 6:30 am.  Pack a lunch or pick one up at our stop at the Cummington Creamery.  For more information and to sign up, please contact Dave Gross ([email protected] or 413-687-8161) or Bob ([email protected] or 413-585-0405) Easy/Moderate/Strenuous

Birding for Everyone: Saint Brigid’s Cemetery, Easthampton

May 28, 2022

7:45 am - 10:00 am

We will meet at Saint Brigid’s Cemetery for a short (total distance a quarter mile or less), accessible (paved roads/flat land), walk. Our target will be warblers, however we will likely have several special guests as well.

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To register, email [email protected]. Please include any accommodations you need to enjoy this event. 

Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

All Birding for Everyone events are free and open to the public.

Nonotuck Park

May 29, 2022

6:30 am - 9:30 am

Join derek allard for a tour of Easthampton’s Nonotuck Park in search of Blue-headed Vireos, Canada Warblers, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers and Veerys as they sing their sweet song.  This walk is about 4 miles and will go through both slightly hilly and potentially muddy terrain.  Mud boots are recommended.  Meet at the back of the Easthampton High School parking lot.  For information and to register contact [email protected]  Easy/Moderate

Southwick Wildlife Mgt. Area

June 1, 2022

5:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Scott Surner on a walk in Mass Wildlife’s Southwick Wildlife Management Area.  Walk is limited to 10 people.  Grasshopper Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, and Eastern Meadowlark are some of the species in this area. Last year nesting Dickcissel and Blue Grosbeak were seen.  Contact Scott at [email protected] to sign up.

Knightville Dam

June 4, 2022

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Betsy Higgins and Marcia Merithew will co-lead a walk at the Knightville Dam area in Huntington.  The trip starts with an exploration at the top of the dam, then a drive down to the road along the East Branch of the Westfield River.  Highlights include Flycatchers, Bank Swallows, Spotted Sandpipers, several species of warblers, and Cuckoos.  Meet at the JFK Middle School parking lot on Bridge Road, Northampton at 7:00 am.  It’s about a 20-minute drive to the Knightville area.  It will be a combination of walking and driving on dirt roads, moderately uneven terrain.  To sign up email [email protected]  Easy/Moderate

Quabbin Reservoir, Gate 8

June 5, 2022

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Locher leads a trip down to the edge of the reservoir from Gate 8.  Target birds include Acadian Flycatcher (regular here in recent years) and a variety of warblers (more Ovenbirds than you can count, and Blackburnian Warblers, which can be difficult to find).  Meet at the parking lot outside Gate 8 off Route 202 at 6:00 am.  We will be walking from the gate to the water and back which is 5 miles round trip, so bring water, a snack and wear suitable shoes.  For more information and to register contact Mike (413-585-5864) Moderate

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