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Events are the lifeblood of the our club and you are encouraged to participate in as many events as you like. We hope to see you at one of the upcoming events soon!

Upcoming events

    • May 25, 2024
    • 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Berkshire Hilltowns, MA
    • 3
    Please note – this trip has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date to be announced.
    • June 01, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Station 43, 953 Main St., South Windsor, CT
    • 4

    Join Peggy MacLeod at one of the most productive inland bird watching sites in Connecticut to enjoy seasonal birding for rails, herons, songbirds, ducks, sora, bitterns, and flycatchers. Station 43, a wetland bordered by farmland and wooded areas, is owned by Hartford Audubon and is comprised of a shallow pond and extensive marsh and with reported sightings of 229 bird species. Although the trail is flat, the unavoidable muddy areas make the site not accessible.

    Preparation: Because water often covers parts of the path, fully waterproof high boots are required to bird at this location. Bring binoculars, a scope if possible, bug repellent, water, and snacks. We will meet at 7:00 am to carpool from Sheldon Field Park and Ride, 26 Old Ferry Road in Northampton. Station 43 is located at 953 Main St. (Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St), South Windsor, CT.  We will park on the east side of Main Street not blocking any driveways or mailboxes and walk west from the intersection on what starts as a rutted driveway to the right side of a private yard. Please note there are no restrooms at this location. Ending time is flexible. Questions? Contact Limited to 12 participants. Please register online at least two days in advance of the trip.

    • June 01, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • DAR State Forest, Goshen, MA
    • 3

    Join Amanda Kallenbach for a slow birding trip, exploring the summer wonders of this amazing spot. You'll get an overview of the 1,700-acre tract comprising two lakes, a couple of beaches, a large swath of marshland, camp sites, hiking trails, and the Goshen fire tower (elev. 1,575 ft.). Expect all the usual forest denizens, along with migrating warblers and more. We'll be walking on pavement and sand, doing some hiking on uneven terrain, and a bit of caravanning. Meet at the main gate house lot (78 Cape St., Goshen, off Route 112). Entry fee for MA residents without a MA State Park pass is $8. Rain date Sunday, June 2. Questions? Contact Limited to 10 participants.

    • June 08, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Knightville Dam, Huntington, MA
    • 2

    Join Betsy Higgins and Marcia Merithew on a trip exploring 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 possibly cuckoos. Meet in the JFK Middle School parking lot on Bridge Road in Northampton at 7:00 am. It's about a 20-minute drive to the Knightville area. There will be a combination of walking and maybe driving on dirt roads over moderately uneven terrain. The road at the lower part may not be open but we will park and walk in as far as the group wants. End time depends on how much driving vs walking we do but we will end by noon. Porta Potties available only before we drive to the lower portion. Questions? Contact Limited to 10 participants.

    • June 13, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online

    Herons are a unique family of birds that can be both very easy to see and very difficult to get a glimpse of. We will review the herons that appear in our area in depth during this talk and grow your appreciation for this family of birds. The presentation will be brief (30 minutes or less) and will allow for plenty of time for your questions on any birding related topic.

    Zoom meeting link

    Meeting ID: 821 8400 2763
    Passcode: 951127

    Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

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

    • June 13, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Join Hampshire Bird Club Education Committee members Monique Dumais and Melissa Aldrich for a discussion about spreading the love of birdwatching with anyone and everyone.... We'll explore the people who inspired us as well as equipment for starters, and techniques to share the love of birding with others. 

    • June 15, 2024
    • 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Quabbin Park, Goodnough Dike, Ware, MA

    Goodnough Dike offers diverse habitats within a short walk and we'll explore the different birds we find in these different habitats along the way. Quabbin being what it is, there will likely be a number of warblers still in the area as well as birds that are uniquely abundant here: Bald Eagles and Common Loons come to mind. This walk is on paved roads with an incline depending on how far we get. Even if there are zero birds (which won't happen), Goodnough Dike is a truly beautiful location worth seeing.

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    Questions? Email

    Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

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

Past events

May 22, 2024 Field Trip: Wildwood Cemetery
May 21, 2024 Herps--the other Birds with Joe Wicinski and Bill Benner
May 19, 2024 New Member "Big Sit" and Bird Walk: Fort Hill Division of the Conte Refuge
May 19, 2024 Field Trip: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
May 18, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton
May 18, 2024 Field Trip: EQLT Rail Trail, Ware
May 17, 2024 Field Trip: Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
May 16, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Warblers and the Importance of Focusing on One Bird at a Time
May 14, 2024 HBC's May meeting: A Botswana Wildlife Safari Adventure, with Dr. Curt Griffin!
May 12, 2024 Field Trip: Wildwood Cemetery
May 11, 2024 Field Trip: Mineral Hills Conservation Area
May 10, 2024 Field Trip: Sweet Alice Conservation Area
May 06, 2024 Do It Yourself Field Trip
May 05, 2024 Field Trip: Quabbin Park
April 25, 2024 Field Trip: Silvio O. Conte NWR – Fort River
April 21, 2024 Field Trip: Quabbin Park – Hank’s Meadow
April 20, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Fort River Wildlife Refuge, Hadley
April 19, 2024 Field Trip: Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
April 18, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Identifying Warblers
April 16, 2024 Loons with Dana and Bob Fox
April 12, 2024 Field Trip: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
April 09, 2024 HBC's April meeting: "Birds in a Warming World", with Ethan Clotfelter!
April 01, 2024 Do It Yourself Field Trip
March 19, 2024 What Do You Know About Condors? Maybe Not Enough
March 16, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Lake Wallace, Belchertown
March 14, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Identifying Ducks
March 12, 2024 HBC's March meeting: Birding the Mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, with Lois & Al Richardson!
March 10, 2024 Field Trip: Great Pond
March 09, 2024 New Member Bird Walk: Easthampton Community Gardens
March 06, 2024 American Woodcocks-Learn their habitat and how to find them
March 04, 2024 Do It Yourself Field Trip
February 20, 2024 Merlin Sound ID with Grant Van Horn
February 17, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Turners Falls Power Canal, Turners Falls
February 15, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Learning Bird Songs
February 13, 2024 HBC's February meeting: Italy, with Marco Valtriani! (on Zoom)
February 11, 2024 Springfield Crows Field Trip
February 09, 2024 Springfield Crows Online Presentation
February 05, 2024 Do It Yourself Field Trip
January 20, 2024 Birding for Everyone: Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, Longmeadow
January 18, 2024 Birding for Everyone: What Gear Do I Need?
January 16, 2024 Rehabilitating Birds with Judy Pasko
January 09, 2024 HBC's January meeting - Motus: Migration Tracking’s New Frontier, with Scott Weidensaul!
January 08, 2024 Do-It-Yourself Field Trip
December 18, 2023 Christmas Bird Count Tally Party: 89th MANO CBC Results
December 17, 2023 Christmas Bird Count
December 13, 2023 Christmas Bird Count Team Leaders Workshop: Overview
December 12, 2023 HBC's annual members' meeting!
December 11, 2023 Christmas Bird Count Feeder Watchers Workshop: Overview
December 09, 2023 Hadley Owls
December 06, 2023 Christmas Bird Count Participants Workshop: Overview
November 25, 2023 Birding for Everyone: Honey Pot, Hadley
November 25, 2023 Cape Ann or Plum Island
November 21, 2023 RESCHEDULED Birding for Everyone: Owls
November 18, 2023 Birding for Everyone: Owls
November 15, 2023 Woodpeckers, Woodpeckers, and more about Woodpeckers with Dana and Bob Fox
November 14, 2023 HBC's November meeting: "Funny Bird Sex: Stories Birds Tell About Birds and People" with John Nelson!
November 12, 2023 New Member Bird Walk: Arcadia Marsh and Oxbow
November 12, 2023 Dead Creek WMA and the Lake Champlain Valley
November 08, 2023 Unity Park - Turners Falls
November 05, 2023 Berkshire Lakes
October 28, 2023 Birding for Everyone: Ashley Reservoir, Holyoke
October 22, 2023 Quabbin Park – Hank’s Meadow and Gate 52
October 21, 2023 Birding for Everyone: Bird Feeders
October 18, 2023 Fort River Division of the Silvio Conte NWR
October 17, 2023 Birding Cape Cod with Chris Walz
October 10, 2023 Member Meeting Program: National Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative and Bird Migration Explorer, with Chad Witko
October 08, 2023 East Meadows
October 01, 2023 Winsor Dam
September 23, 2023 Birding for Everyone: Mount Tom

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