Birding with Mass Audubon

By webupdates March 16, 2016
Piping Plover

Piping Plover, Revere Beach, March 2016. Photo by Marshall Iliff.

Despite its small size, Massachusetts regularly records over 300 different species of birds every year. Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries offer excellent opportunities to see and learn more about the birds of Massachusetts, whether you’re on a naturalist-guided walk or on your own with one of our bird checklists. Mass Audubon is on the forefront of understanding the ever-changing patterns of bird populations, and what these changes may mean for the nature of Massachusetts. We have published several reports about bird populations including the State of the Birds Reports and Breeding Bird Atlases 1 & 2.

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Our Birds & Birding information:

  • Birding Programs – Mass Audubon offers birding programs at our wildlife sanctuaries around the state.
  • The Voice of Audubon – which offers regular updates on birds sighted across the state to introduce you to the wide variety of species Massachusetts has to offer.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Birds and Bird ID – Want to learn more about how to attract birds to your yard, or why they are behaving in a certain way, or just how to identify species that look similar? We have information to help answer these questions.
  • Citizen Science – Our citizen science reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas across the state. These reports are important to Mass Audubon’s efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of the birds of Massachusetts.

Our Wildlife Research & Conservation information relating to birds:

  • Statewide bird monitoring efforts – Mass Audubon maintains the most comprehensive public database of bird distribution, abundance and trend information for the Commonwealth, a resource that is used by conservation partners and concerned citizens alike. This wealth of information is kept current through our long-term monitoring and research programs.
  • Coastal Waterbird Program – Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program is one of the most effective entities working to protect coastal birds and barrier beaches in North America.
  • Migratory Bird Tracking – In order to get better knowledge of the stresses birds face during the breeding (for many of our wintering ducks and shorebirds), migration, and overwintering, Mass Audubon is working to track individual bird migrations through several projects.
  • Forest Birds – Mass Audubon has partnered with Audubon Vermont and Franklin Land Trust to increase awareness of forest birds in the state.
  • Grassland Birds – Mass Audubon has a long history in working with grassland birds, a group that is showing steep declines across North America including in the Commonwealth.
  • Bird Conservation Policy – Mass Audubon advocates for the conservation of birds, wildlife, and habitat through our work at the federal, state, and local levels of government.