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Subscribers to ArlingtonBirds should look for updates on the listserv. Non-subscribers can find information in the archives. Beginners are welcome on all trips; please participate!

Tuesday April 12
Habitat, Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuaries, Belmont
We will explore the woods of Habitat and the fields of Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuary, all on Belmont Hill. This is an easy walking tour and will cover different habitats. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the Habitat parking lot, 10 Juniper Road. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist

Tuesday, April 12
Horn Pond, Woburn
Let's look for early spring migrants such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow and early warblers such as Palm, Pine and Yellow-rumped. Meet at the Lake St parking lot. 8:00-10:00 AM. Diana Fruguglietti

Saturday, April 16
Horn Pond Early Spring Migrants
We should be able to find several species of swallows, plus phoebes, towhees, and maybe a couple species of warbler. Or, let's find a surprise. Come on, beginners, this is the time to get out before it gets too hectic! Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 7:30AM. Marj Rines

Sunday, April 17
Beaver Brook North
We'll explore the fields, marshes, and woods of this large reservation in Waltham, Belmont and Lexington looking for migrants and early breeders. Meeting Place: Parking lot on Metropolitan Parkway South (1/3 mile north of the intersection with Trapelo Rd and Forest St in Waltham). 7:30-10:30 AM. Jason Forbes .

Sunday, April 17
Alewife Reservation (T Station)
Join us as we search for swallows, phoebes, and early migrants such as Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Meet at the Alewife Reservation parking lot. 7:30 AM Zack Weber

Tuesday April 19
Rock Meadow, Belmont
Rock Meadow is public conservation land and comprises 70 acres of meadow, wetlands, streams, and woods. It is a part of the Western Greenway, a corridor of undeveloped green spaces that connects the towns of Belmont, Waltham, and Lexington. Hopefully we will encounter some early migrants. The paths may still be wet or muddy from the recent snow melt. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the parking lot at 360 Mill Street, about halfway between Trapelo Road and Concord Ave. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist

Thursday, April 21
Brooks Estate, Medford
Let's see what early spring migrants we can find. Meet at the Grove St. entrance (255-277 Grove St) which is called the Brooks Estate Path on Google Maps. 8:00-10:00 AM Diana Fruguglietti

Saturday, April 23
First Warblers at Sandy Beach
It's finally spring, and Sandy Beach is a great place to find those early migrants. Among other possibilities, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are almost guaranteed. Meet at the Sandy Beach (now the Charles Shannon Memorial Beach) parking lot on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester. 7:30-9:00AM. Renee LaFontaine

Sunday, April 24
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm: Late risers' walk
This is an afternoon walk. Besides birds, we may encounter some later-rising wildlife, including insects and pond life. Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester includes many habitats within its 130-odd acres. We’ll see what spring has to offer in the woods around Whipple Hill (at 374 feet, the highest point in Lexington) and in the lowland area around Locke Pond. Depending on interest, we’ll also stop at the adjoining 18th century Wright Locke Farm. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 1:00-3:00PM Andrea Golden

Tuesday April 26
Habitat, Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuaries, Belmont
We will explore the woods of Habitat and the fields of Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuary, all on Belmont Hill. This is an easy walking tour and will cover different habitats. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the Habitat parking lot, 10 Juniper Road. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist

Saturday, April 30 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 1)
North Quabbin
As a follow up to our April Meeting, this field trip, limited to 12 participants, will explore the north Quabbin region and take a 3 mile hike in one of the Gates: Gate 33. Meet at the Gate at 7:00 AM and bring food and water and a pack. Diana will coordinate sign-ups starting April 23rd – to register, send an email to Diana Fruguglietti

Saturday, April 30
Carlisle – Foss Farm
We’ll look for early migrants such as sparrows, swallows, raptors and the first of the warblers in the community gardens and farm fields, including the old piggery that is now part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, just west of the bridge over the Concord River on route 225. 7:00-10:00AM Alan Ankers

Sunday, May 1
Horn Pond, Woburn - Early Evening
Struggling to make our early morning walks? Looking for the other types of birdies on the golf course early morning? Having schedule conflicts?  Then join us for an early evening walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn.   We’ll search for early migrants and breeding warblers, swallows, vireos, and other possibilities.  Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 5:00 PM Paul Ippolito

Tuesday May 3
Rock Meadow, Belmont
Rock Meadow is public conservation land and comprises 70 acres of meadow, wetlands, streams, and woods. It is a part of the Western Greenway, a corridor of undeveloped green spaces that connects the towns of Belmont, Waltham, and Lexington. Hopefully we will encounter some early migrants. The paths may still be wet or muddy from the recent snow melt. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the parking lot at 360 Mill Street, about halfway between Trapelo Road and Concord Ave. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist

Saturday, May 7
Spring at Horn Pond
Horn Pond offers a variety of habitats with a great variety of both breeding birds and migrants. Meet at 7:00AM at the Sturgis Street entrance to Horn Pond. Marj Rines

Saturday, May 7
Dunback Meadow
We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of migrants and breeding birds: warblers, swallows, vireos, and many more. Meet at Allen Street entrance.8:00-10:00AM Bobbie Hodson

Monday, May 9
Spring Migration at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown is one of the best local spots to view spring migration. Park in the cemetery and meet at the kiosk by the main entrance gate. 7:00-10:00AM Brooke Stevens

Wednesday May 11
Western Greenway: Lexington and Waltham
The Western Greenway consists of over 1200 acres of interconnected open space in Waltham, Lexington, and Belmont. There has been little documentation of breeding birds in many parts of the Greenway. We will choose a section that most likely few Menotomy Birders know and hike and bird. Meet at Cart Path Lane, off Walnut Street in Lexington. 6:30-8:30AM  Roger Wrubel 

Saturday, May 14
Horn Pond, Woburn
Exploring the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area. The walk will focus on and around the main pond, accompanying lagoons, and marsh areas in search of early migrants and local resident birds. Parts of the walk have uneven terrain; muddy areas are possible. Meet at the Sturgis St. entrance to the Horn Pond conservation area. 7:00-9:30 AM Kathy Sweadner

Sunday, May 15
Danehy Park, Cambridge
We’ve done it in the fall, now join us for some spring Urban Birding at Cambridge’s Danehy Park. A small marsh, grasses, and open fields often attract unexpected birds in this setting. Meet at the parking lot at 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge. Sherman Street meets Garden Street and Huron Avenue at the Fire Station intersection. Drive down through the lights at Walden Street and look for a parking lot on the left after the playing field. 7:30-9:30AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten Hartel

Sunday, May 29
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord
Morning. We'll look for rails and other marsh birds and hopefully have a few  surprises as well.  Meeting place: Refuge parking lot on Monsen Road (off Rt. 62). 6:30 a.m.  Jason Forbes, Waltham (781) 894-6119

Monday, May 30
Breeders and Migrants: Middlesex Fells
In late May the breeders have settled into the Middlesex Fells. We’ll look for Great Crested Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Brown Thrashers and a variety of others. This is also the time of year to catch some late migrant species such as flycatchers. Meet on Playstead Road where it meets Winthrop Street in Medford. Please park on the west side in front of the cemetery. 7:00-9:30 AM. Lorraine Kaplan  and Renee LaFontaine

Sunday, June 5
Breeding Birds at Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach (Charles Shannon Beach), a small DCR park at the northern end of the Mystic Lakes in Winchester, attracts a large variety of breeding birds. It is the best local place to see Orchard Orioles.  Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, Pine Warblers, and Chipping Sparrows are among the species that nest here every year.  Meet in the large parking lot on Mystic Valley Pkwy.   7:30-8:30 AM Renee LaFontaine 

See events from other organizations:
Friends of Arlington Great Meadows
Friends of the Middlesex Fells
Friends of Fresh Pond
Friends of Alewife Reservation
Brookline Bird Club