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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

    • March 04, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Each month we chose a location and five target species for that area. Anyone who wishes to participate has a month to visit the area on their own, record the species they see, and report back at the Zoom event the following month. To join us, click here.  Meeting ID: 822 7788 5665       Passcode: Education

    • March 06, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Spring is when male American Woodcocks perform a unique aerial courtship dance to attract a female. This spring ritual happens in the fields just after sunset.  Learn the natural history and habitat of the woodcock, as well as where to look to see its display. 

    You'll also learn how woodcock populations are in Massachusetts and the northeast and how we can help protect them.

    Patti Steinman has studied American Woodcocks for over a decade. This workshop is connected to the HBC New Member Walk on March 9 at 5:45 at Easthampton Community Gardens on Park Hill Road, Easthampton.  

    To join the workshop, click hereMeeting ID: 822 7788 5665       Passcode: Education

    • March 09, 2024
    • 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Easthampton Community Gardens

    Members of the HBC Education Committee will be present to assist with the sights and sounds of the spring American Woodcock display. Very little walking on reasonably flat terrain.

    • March 10, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Great Pond, Hatfield, MA
    • 6

    Join Brian Zylich and Julie Blue for a slow outing along a flat dirt road at Great Pond in Hatfield, MA. Road can be uneven and muddy in spots – wear appropriate footwear. We will look for migrating waterfowl on the pond, as well as other early migrants and residents. Trip leaders will have at least one scope for viewing distant ducks on the water. Birds likely to be seen include American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, and Hooded Merganser. This is also a good location for other less common ducks/waterfowl. We will meet at 7:00 am at the intersection of Main St. and Cow Bridge Rd. in Hatfield. We can then carpool or lead the way to Great Pond Rd. where most of the walk will take place. Limited to 10 participants. Questions? Contact Please register online at least two days in advance of the trip.

    • March 12, 2024
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM

    Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and protected by a geography of high mountains and deep valleys, Bhutan has remained one of the more mysterious countries in the world.  Colorful birds, fluttering prayer flags, visits to ancient shrines and fortresses, and beautiful scenery were all part of a birding adventure in this magical place. 

    Lois Richardson is a long-time member of the Allen Bird Club.  Over these many years, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Club, led countless local field trips for members with her husband Al, and presented many of their overseas birding adventures at our monthly meetings. 

    • March 14, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online

    Weird duck season is almost upon us. Hone your ID skills with this presentation. We'll cover the basics of waterfowl identification as well as some tips from years of experience. 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: 893 9510 3204 (if asked)
    Passcode: 970902

    Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

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

    • March 16, 2024
    • 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA

    We will return again to Lake Wallace in search of unusual ducks and other waterfowl that migrate through our area at this time of year. This location has a newly constructed, accessible boardwalk complete with observation deck. Walking will be minimal and we'll have plenty of time to observe any and all birds present in this unique habitat

    Map link:


    Questions? Email

    Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

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

    • March 19, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    The California Condor is known as one of the rarest birds in North America. A conservation icon, the story of its remarkable recovery stands alongside the reality of a species that still teeters on the brink of extinction. Learn more about the bumpy journey of this Pleistocene relic from its Ice Age past to the present day, as well as the incredible stories of people working to keep this bird soaring free. 

    To join the workshop, click hereMeeting ID: 822 7788 5665       Passcode: Education

    • April 09, 2024
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley MA

    • April 21, 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Quabbin Park – Hank’s Meadow, Ware, MA
    • 9

    Join Greg Brown for a 2.5 mile loop from the Hanks Meadow area, west along the shoreline and back up through the woods to the main road. Trail is moderate difficulty and may be muddy in spots – wear good boots! Our path will go through a variety of habitats, where we may see any number of earlier migrants along with year-round residents. Possible sightings include warblers (pine, palm, yellow-rumped, black-throated green), woodpeckers, eagles, ravens, and towhees. We will meet at 7:30 am at the Hanks Meadow parking lot and return to the same place by 10 am at the latest. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, appropriate footwear, and outerwear. Note: there is usually a porta-potty at the parking lot, but this is not guaranteed. Limited to 10 participants. Questions? Contact Please register online at least two days in advance of the trip.

    • April 25, 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Silvio O. Conte NWR – Fort River Division, Hadley, MA
    • 17

    Join Marcia Merithew and Janice Jorgensen for an easy walk on the accessible trail and road in Hadley, MA. The trail is 1.2 miles long, and road walking could be another mile. The forest and meadow habitats are excellent in April for early migrants, year-round residents, and possibly some surprises (visit this Ebird link for a list of species seen in any April). We will bird by sight and by ear and record our findings in Ebird. We will meet at 7:30 am in the Silvio O. Conte parking lot at 69 Moody Bridge Road in Hadley – plenty of parking is available, plus a porta-potty. Ending time is flexible. Limited to 18 participants. Questions? Contact Please register online at least two days in advance of the trip.

    • May 14, 2024
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley MA

    • May 19, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Fort Hill Division of the Conte Refuge

    Members of the HBC Education Committee will lead a walk around the accessible trail in search of migrating birds, including warblers, vireos, sparrows, thrushes, and others.

Past events

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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