20 Feb Creating a Year List: Stop birdwatching and start birding! Series
Sponsored by Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Cape Cod is the ideal location to start your birding career or take it to the next level.Birding can be more than just watching birds- putting together a Year List is an important task for every birder especially when it comes to noting different species, recording where you’ve seen them and most of all, reporting your sightings as a citizen scientist.
In this series, expert birder Chris Walz will take participants through the process of creating a year list from beginning to end and lend his insights and birding skills along the way during monthly outings at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and other birding hotspots.
Session 1: Year List
Saturday, February 17
Location: Long Pasture
Besides the usual birding tools such as binoculars; online resources such as allaboutbirds.org and ebird.org have become an important part of turning the birder into a citizen scientist and nature hero. In this first session we will be birding from inside and observing the feeders at Long Pasture while we learn how to use the traditional as well as these unique online tools to identify birds, keep your records, search for places to go birding, and find that ever elusive species to finish out your Year List-or to add to your Life List!
Session 2 – Winter Songbirds of Cape Cod
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Location: Long Pasture
A late winter/early spring walk on the trails at Long Pasture Sanctuary can yield more than a couple dozen species as we explore several habitat types. We will talk about the methods of identification and can expect to find plenty of LBJ’s, black birds, red birds, and beach chickens; and by the end of the walk you will be able to identify them yourself as White-throated Sparrow, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, and Herring Gull.
Session 3 – Warbler Day at Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Location: Meet at Long Pasture for a 7am departure
Early May is the time of year when warblers arrive in waves. These beautiful and ecologically important songbirds have traveled hundreds of miles to reach their breeding grounds. Don’t miss out as we caravan up to Cambridge to explore the “hotspot” that is Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Every spring migration, hidden within a sea of metal and concrete, this green oasis will be dripping with so many birds that it is possible to find 20 or more species of warblers.
Participants will meet at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and travel in a van to Mt. Auburn Cemetery for the program. Please bring a bag lunch, water and snacks. Program length may be altered due to weather and/or bird activity.
Session 4 – Shorebirds of the Lower and Outer Cape/Cape Cod
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Location: meet at Long Pasture for a 9:00am departure
If Cape Cod is known for anything, it is the expansive coastline of beaches, dunes, and marsh habitat; and the shorebirds know it too. Migration at the end of the short arctic summer starts in July and we begin to see the early movements of these birds as they stopover on our beaches to enthusiastically feed and rest during their flight south. We will discover the finer points of shorebird identification as we observe plovers, oystercatchers, sandpipers, dowitchers, terns, and gulls.
Participants will meet at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and travel in a van to Shorebird hotspots around the lower and outer cape for the program. Please bring a bag lunch, water and snacks.
Session 5 – Hawk Watch at Blue Hills
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Location: Meet at Long Pasture for 8am departure
Early fall is a great time to search the skies for soaring hawks, falcons, and eagles as the transforming weather summons a change in season and signals the urge to migrate. We will check out the raptors and animals on display at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum and then hike up to the observatory with impressive views of Boston. Participants should be prepared for a considerable hike, bring a bag lunch, water and snacks. Van transportation will be provided.
Participants will meet at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and travel in a van to Blue Hills for the program. Please bring a bag lunch, water and snacks.
Session 6 – Fall Ducks
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Long Pasture – travel by car
The weather has cooled and many birds should have gone far south for the winter, but some of the most colorful have been arriving over the last few weeks to spend the winter here offshore in the saltwater around Cape Cod or on our freshwater lakes and ponds. How can these birds survive the frigid and icy waters? Why do some dabble and others dive? We will search along some local waterways for “skunkheads”, “bluebills”, and some crazy divers.
Participants will meet at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and travel by individual car to various duck hotspots in the area.
Session 7 – End of Year Wrap-up
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Location: Long Pasture
2018 is almost at an end, determined birders will have created many lists through the year- some may have created a list for every day, some for only their backyards and others may have travelled within the country, or overseas to find colorful and unique birds. We will take this time to share our birding adventures with each other by using our ebird accounts to explore the data we have collected in 2018.