Sunday, May 31, 2015

BIRDING PROGRAMS

Wednesday Evening FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding 
Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury 
Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to grassland birding. We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter.  Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.
 
Wings, Feathers & Flights
Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 5:30 pm to sunset
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1
Let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights.  We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Birds of Oak Hill Cemetery 
Date: Sunday, June 21 
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am 
Meeting Location: Just inside the cemetery's entrance off Parker Street 
Fee: $15

Oak Hill Cemetery is one of the best birding spots in Newburyport for songbirds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are welcome.  Loaner binoculars are available.

Wednesday Evening FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding 
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury 
Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to grassland birding. We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter.  Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.

Birding Byfield's Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area 
Date: Sunday, June 28
Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am 
Meeting Location: First parking area by the buildings 
Fee: $15

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk at least 2 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

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