Steering Committee


Trip Schedule

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Thursday, March 29
Woodcock Walk - Alewife T Station
We will search the Northwest corner of Cambridge in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the American Woodcock's mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring. Meet just outside the Russell Field Alewife exit (not the larger, busier Alewife exits near the buses). With some luck, we will only be using paved and smooth, flat gravel paths.  Participants may want to bring a flashlight and mud/water resistant shoes in case we decide to venture across unpaved terrain. 7:00-8:30 PM Zack Weber

Saturday, March 31
Greenough Land, Carlisle
Visit one of Carlisle’s lesser-known Conservation Lands to look for lingering winter visitors and earlier migrants. We may also check out a vernal pool for herps. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at the parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street. 7:30-10:00 AM Alan Ankers

Saturday, April 14
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. Meet at the parking lot on Metropolitan Parkway South in Waltham (https://goo.gl/maps/6liYe). 7:30-10:30 AM.  Jason Forbes .

Sunday, April 15
Horn Pond, Woburn - 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 should be able to find early Spring migrants such as Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, several species of swallows, and phoebes among other possibilities. Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 5:00-7:00 PM Paul Ippolito

Saturday, April 21
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. 7:30 AM. Marj Rines
Sunday, April 22
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. 7:30-9:00 AM. Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, April 28
Wright Farm, Lexington
This is a new Lexington Conservation property and there are new trails now ready for nature lovers, including birders.  Let’s see what gems are hidden away in this new area. Address is 241 Grove Street, close to the Bedford town line. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged; parking is permitted on nearby Carriage Drive. 7:00-9:00 AM Bobbie Hodson and Keith Ohmart

Sunday, April 29
Foss Farm, Carlisle
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. 7:00-10:00 Alan Ankers

Sunday, April 29
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 18thcentury Wright Locke Farm. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 1:00-3:00 PM Andrea Golden and Stephen Kruse

Tuesday, May 1
Arlington Reservoir
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating birds. This is a great time to look for the first orioles, or more exotic arrivals like Yellow-throated Warbler(!). We’ll check the field at Busa Farm, and the Reservoir itself for waterfowl. Meet at the Rindge Park playground, 22 Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 7:00-8:30 AM Chris Floyd

Saturday, May 5
Spring at Horn Pond
Horn Pond offers a variety of habitats with a great variety of both breeding birds and migrants. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Sturgis Street entrance to Horn Pond. Marj Rines

Saturday, May 5
Botanical Exploration at Horn Pond
Join Nancy Goodman, Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society for this botanical exploration of Horn Pond. Trees surround us and support us in so many important ways. Though they're rooted in one place, they are complex, fascinating, and beautiful living things. We will be looking at a mix of plants and trees to learn what we can. Plants and trees can tell you a lot about the habitats you might be in. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues. For more than half the year, bark provides the best clue to tree identification. We will be keying out some of the trees to see what we can learn. Bring binoculars, water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes and the book Bark by Michael Wojtech, if you have a copy. Meet at Sturgis Street entrance. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Sunday, May 6
Mt. Auburn Cemetery
This will be a fun, most likely bird-filled walk through Mt. Auburn Cemetery during spring migration. Along with many songbirds, it is possible to see quite a few waterbirds due to the several small ponds here. The early migrants will have already arrived, and hopefully some of the peak migration will have begun. Potentially we can see: Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo, Baltimore and possibly Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and of course many warbler species, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, Turkeys, etc. Mt. Auburn in the spring is magic!! Meet at the entrance to the chapel 7:30-10:00 AM Correne George

Monday, May 7
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. 7:00-10:00 AM Brooke Stevens

Wednesday May 9
Birding the Western Greenway
The Western Greenway consists of over 1200 acres of interconnected open space in Waltham, Lexington, and Belmont. There has been little documentation of migratory or breeding birds in many parts of the Greenway. We will choose a section in Lexington that most likely few Menotomy Birders know or bird. Meet at Cart Path Lane, off Walnut Street in Lexington. 6:00-8:00 AM Roger Wrubel  and Keith Ohmart

Sunday, May 27
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord.
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). 6:30-8:30 AM Jason Forbes

Monday, May 28
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 lorraine.e.kaplan@gmail.com and Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, June 9
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 Parkway. 7:30-8:30 AM Renee LaFontaine