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Illustrated Owls: A Who's Hoo from the Museums's Vault

January 25, 2019 - April 21, 2019

12:00 am

Take an indoor field trip with or without your children and/or grandchildren to the Eric Carle Museum, Central Gallery (125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Ma) through April 21 to view this delightful exhibit depicting some of the famous owl characters in children’s books.  You will find illustrations from Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne among other favorites.  Admission is $9.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Seniors or free with a pass from your local library.

Mount Tom State Reservation

April 24, 2019

8:15 am - 1:00 pm

Join Tom Gagnon as he looks for a few early migrants and does a hawk watch on Mt. Tom (125 Reservation Road, Holyoke, Ma).  Contact Tom (413-584-6353 or [email protected]).  (M)

Fort River Refuge

April 27, 2019

7:30 am - 9:30 am

Check out the centrally located Fort River division of the Conte NWR in Hadley which can produce a wonderful variety of early Spring migrant species including American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Rusty Blackbird, plus Fox and Chipping Sparrows, among others.  The 1.2 mile Fort River trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and has occasional benches for resting.  Meet George Regmund (413-255-0628) in the lower parking lot at the Refuge, 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley.  You ay also contact Janice Jorgensen (413-585-0145) for details.  (E/M)

Coastal Conneticut

April 28, 2019

6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Reprising last year’s trip (but without his intrepid expert guide), Devin Griffiths will lead a trip to some of his favorite spots along the Connecticut shore.  Meeting place TBD.  Contact Devin (413-323-8417 or [email protected]) to register.  (E/M)

Fort River Refuge

May 2, 2019

6:30 am - 9:30 am

Join Ted Gilliland at the Fort River Division of the Conte NWR in Hadley as he looks for a variety of arriving Spring migrants and breeding species in this delightful setting with varied habitats.   Who knows what he’ll find, but species included may be an American Kestral, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rusty Blackbird, and possibly a Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood and Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, Brown Thrasher, along with various sparrow species, vireos and other warbler species.  The 1.2 mile Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and has occasional benches for resting.  Meet Ted (480-381-5617)  in the lower parking lot at the Refuge, 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley.  (E/M)

Station Road Rail Trial

May 4, 2019

6:30 am - 1:00 pm

Devin Griffiths will walk the trail with a possible extension to Wentworth Farm in Amherst.  Meet at the rail trail parking area on Station Road (Amherst) at 6:30 a.m.  Contact Devin (413-323-8417) for more information.  (M)

Quabbin Gate 5 and Lake Wallace

May 5, 2019

6:30 am - 1:00 pm

Devin Griffiths visits two Belchertown hotspots looking for Spring migrants and anything else he can find.  Meet at Gate 5 (end of Old Enfield Road, Belchertown) at 6:30 a.m.  Contact Devin (413-323-8417) for more information.  (M/S)

Westover Air Force Base

May 11, 2019

6:30 am - 12:15 pm

The HBC’s annual trip to New England’s premier grassland habitat to look for Upland Sandpipers, Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks is limited to Hampshire Bird Club members only.  Contact Carol Mardeusz ([email protected]) by noon April 19 to register and to check on the correct time and place for meeting.

Mineral Springs Conservation Area

May 12, 2019

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Marcia Merithew and Betsy Higgins as they lead birders through one of the lesser known Northampton conservation areas.  This has been a consistent place for Prairie Warblers over the past several years.  For information, contact Marcia (413-896-9539) or mmerithew at comcast dot net).  Meet at the JFK Middle School parking lot (100 Bridge Road, Florence, Ma) at 7 a.m.  (E/M)

Fort River Refuge

May 18, 2019

7:30 am - 9:30 am

May is a great birding month at the centrally located Fort River Division of the Conte NWR in Hadley.  A nice variety of Spring migrants and breeding species are possible including Northern Harrier, Black and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow, Least and Great-crested Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Barn Swallow, Wood and Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Indigo Bunting and numerous other warbler species.  The 1.2 mile Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and has occasional benches for resting.  Meet George Regmund (413-255-0628) in the lower parking lot at the Refuge, 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley.  You may also contact Janice Jorgensen (413-585-0145) for details.  (E/M)

Mt. Holyoke

May 19, 2019

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Mike Locher as he hikes up the park road to the top of this local peak hoping for some later Spring migrants and deep-woods breeding specialties including Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers (both quite reliable in recent years).  Meet Mike at the (gated) entrance to Skinner State Park (at the end of Old Mountain Road in Hadley) at 6:00 a.m.  This is an occasionally steep hike on a paved road.  For more information contact Mike (413-585-5864).

Mount Holyoke

May 22, 2019

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join Tom Gagnon on this “Old Timers Walk and Ride” at Mt. Holyoke.  Car pool to the top of Mt. Holyoke and then walk DOWN the hill.  Then car pool back up the mountain to get cars.  Young people are welcome also!  We will be looking for warblers and other migrants and will also look for a few wild flowers along the way.  Meet at the gated entrance to Skinner State Park (at the end of Old Mountain Road in Hadley) at 8:30 a.m.  Contact Tom at 413-584-6353 or [email protected]  (M)

Monhegan Island

May 23, 2019 - May 26, 2019

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Scott Surner leads the Hampshire Bird Club’s pilgrimage to Monhegan Island.  This charming island and variety of migrating birds can be astonishing.  The weekend promises to be memorable and enjoyable.  The trip is limited to Hamsphire Bird Club members and is currently filled.  However, if you would like to be put on a waiting list, contact Carol Mardeusz ([email protected]).  Contact Scott (413-256-5438) for further information.

Hilltown Rambles

May 25, 2019

6:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join Dave Gross and Bob Zimmermann in an all day trip as they ramble around the Berkshire hilltowns to look for those migrants that prefer higher elevations than the valley provides.  We’ll be on the lookout 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 Moran Wildlife Area.  Meet at the Northampton Stop & Shop parking lot at 6:30 a.m.  Pack a lunch or pick one up at our stop at the Cummington Creamery.  For more information or to sign up contact Dave ([email protected] 413-687-8161) or Bob ([email protected] 413-626-3381).  (E/M/S)

Knightville Dam

May 26, 2019

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Marcia Merithew and Betsy Higgins as they visit Knightville Dam looking for Spring migrants and local residents.  Contact Marcia (413-896-9539 or mmerithew at comcast dot net) for details.  Meet at 7 a.m. at the John F. Kennedy Middle School (100 Bridge Road, Florence, Ma).  (E/M)

Fort River Refuge

May 29, 2019

7:30 am - 9:30 am

May is a great birding month at the centrally located Fort River Division of the Conte NWR in Hadley.  A nice variety of Spring migrants and breeding species are possible including Northern Harrier, Black and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow, Least and Great-crested Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Barn Swallow, Wood and Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Indigo Bunting and numerous other warbler species.  The 1.2 mile Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and has occasional benches for resting.  Meet George Regmund (413-255-0628) in the lower parking lot at the Refuge, 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley.  You may also contact Janice Jorgensen (413-585-0145) for details.  (E/M)

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