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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!

Thursday, August 14
Bird Photography at Horn Pond
Join Diana Fruguglietti and photographer John Slonina for a bird photography walk. John leads nature photography trips around the country. For more info on his work, please visit his website sphotography.com. John will teach the basic fundamentals of photography, such as how to get the correct exposure, aperture, shutter speed, histogram setting in your camera, color balance, etc. He will offer tips on photographing birds and landscapes. We will meet at the Sturgis St. entrance and make our way slowly to the Community Gardens. The walk will run until about sunset. If you are late you can catch up with us at the community gardens. This walk will be rescheduled if it is raining. 5:30-8:00 PM Diana Fruguglietti  781-354-7716

Saturday, August 23
Summer Inventory at Whipple Hill and Locke Farm
Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester offers meadows, woods, ponds and swampland within its 130-odd acres, plus the adjoining Wright Locke Farm, an 18th century working farm. We’ll see what late summer has to offer around Whipple Hill (at 374 feet, the highest point in Lexington) and the surrounding area. In addition to birds, we’ll look at insects and plants as they appear, subject to the interests of the group. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 9:00-11:00 AM Andrea Golden

Sunday, August 31
Fall Migration at Horn Pond, Woburn
It’s fall migration for warblers so let’s find some. We’ll also check out the community gardens to see if we can find some butterflies. Meet at Sturgis Street entrance at 7:30. Marj Rines

Wednesday, September 3
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949
 
Saturday, September 6
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
This trip will mark the beginning of migrants traveling back through Dunback Meadow. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 8:00 AM Bobbie Hodson
 
Wednesday, September 10
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949
 
Sunday, September 14
Arlington Reservoir - Ducks and More
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating ducks and also, depending on water levels, shorebirds. Join us for a walk around the Reservoir where we should find a good variety of waterfowl and other birds. We’ll make a circuit around the reservoir and check out the edges of the Busa Farm fields to see what we can find. Meet at the playground off of South Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 8:00-10:00AM Karsten E. Hartel

Wednesday, September 17
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949
 
Saturday, September 20
Plum Island - Shorebirds and More
Fall migrants begin to join resident and breeding birds on Plum Island as early as July and continue to move through well into the fall. Join us as we look for shorebirds, raptors, songbirds...whatever is there. Please bring water, snacks, sunscreen and insect spray. Meet at Parking Lot 1 of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (directions). Please note that there is a $5 per vehicle entrance charge unless you have a refuge pass or a Duck Stamp. Please bring water, snacks and lunch. 9:00AM-2:00PM Ann Gurka  and Lew Bushnell

Saturday, September 20
Horn Pond Conservation Area, Woburn
We will take a half day walk, exploring the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area. The first half of the walk will focus on the main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas in search of migrating fall warblers and sparrows. The second half will focus on areas along scrub habitat in search of Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Towhee. The second half has terrain that may be uneven with muddy areas possible. Meeting place: Sturgis Street entrance. 7:30 a.m. Paul Ippolito paul@dnptravel.com

Wednesday, September 24
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949

Saturday, September 27
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
Migrants will still be coming through, and the fields and forests of Dunback Meadow and the nearby Waltham Streets fields are excellent locations to find sparrows, and late warblers. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 8:00 AM Bobbie Hodson

Wednesday, October 1
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949
 
Saturday, October 4
Carlisle – Foss Farm
We’ll look for fall migrants such as sparrows and raptors in the community gardens and farm fields, including the old piggery, and also explore the wooded wetlands alongside the Concord River. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation http://ccf.unchi.org. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, just west of the bridge over the Concord River on route 225. 8:00-11:00AM Alan Ankers

Sunday, October 5
Waltham Street Fields and Beyond
Let’s find some sparrows at the fields, then - who knows? Meet at the Clark School in Lexington at 7:30AM. Marj Rines

Wednesday, October 8
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949

Sunday, October 12
Arlington Reservoir - Ducks and More
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating ducks and also, depending on water levels, shorebirds. Join us for a walk around the Reservoir where we should find a good variety of waterfowl and late migrants. We’ll make a circuit around the reservoir and check out the edges of the Busa Farm fields to see what we can find. Meet at the playground off of South Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 8:00-10:00AM Karsten E. Hartel

Wednesday, October 15
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949

Wednesday, October 22
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949

Sunday, October 26
Carlisle Cranberry Bog
We’ll search the area around Massachusetts’ most northerly working Cranberry Bog for newly-arrived winter visitors and late fall migrants — waterbirds, raptors and songbirds - and also explore the wonders of the manure pit. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation http://ccf.unchi.org. Meet at the Cranberry Bog House, 750 Curve Street. 8:00-10:30AM Alan Ankers

Wednesday, October 29
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Join us for some weekday 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. 7:30-9:00AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten E. Hartel or 781-646-8949

Saturday, November 1
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
Our target bird is the Fox Sparrow, and this is the time and place to find it. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 8:00 AM Bobbie Hodson
 
Saturday, November 8
Plum Island in Fall
Did you know that November is the month that vagrant birds most often turn up along the coast? Join us to enjoy the red and gold colors of the marsh and observe the lingering egrets mingling with incoming ducks. No guarantees of any vagrants...we will just see what we find. Meet at Parking Lot 1 of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (directions). Please note that there is a $5 per vehicle entrance charge unless you have a refuge pass or a Duck Stamp. Please bring water, snacks and lunch. 9:00AM-2:00PM Ann Gurka  and Lew Bushnell

Sunday, November 9
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
Our target bird is the Fox Sparrow, and this is the time and place to find it. We hope to find other birds too! Meet at the Clark School parking lot at the end of Brookside Avenue in Lexington. 8:00-10:30AM. Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, January 24
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
In addition to enjoying our regular winter birds, we'll search for possible unusual visitors such as Redpolls. Meeting place: Allen Street entranc to Dunback Meadow in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 8:00 AM Bobbie Hodson

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