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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.

Connecticut River Waterfowl

March 10, 2019

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Mike Locher on this half day excursion as he looks for ducks and geese migrating up the Connecticut River to their breeding grounds.  We’ll start in the south (Holyoke Dam and Canal Park in South Hadley) and then head north (Hadley Cove, Great Pond, Turner’s Falls Power Canal, and Barton’s Cove).  Contack Mike (413-585-5864) for further information.  Meet at the Hadley Village Barn Shops (41 Russell St., Hadley) at 7 a.m.  (E/M)

Fort River Refuge

April 10, 2019

8:00 am - 10:00 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 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)

Ashley Reservoir

April 13, 2019

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Mike Locher as he looks for early migrants like Pine and Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Louisiana Waterthrushes.  Meet in the Holyoke Elks parking lot (250 Whitney Ave.), near Exit 15 (Holyoke Mall) off Rt. 91 at 7 a.m.  Contact Mike (413-585-5864) for more information.  (E/M with one optional S section)

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)

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).

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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