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Winter and Early Spring Birding

January 16—6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$275 – $325
Join Scott Surner for the 2019 winter and early spring birding class. This year because of Scott’s schedule we have him from January through mid- April. This will give participants an opportunity to explore the winter birdlife here in the valley as well as along the north shore of Massachusetts. As March approaches we’ll start to observe the beginning of the waterfowl migration into western Mass and still have an opportunity to track down some of the winter specialties still lingering into March. Later in March we’ll make a day trip to Moose Bog, Vermont looking for more winter finches (Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, Siskins, Redpolls) and focus in on the Boreal species that call Moose Bog home. (Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay and Boreal Chickadee)

The class ends with a trip back to Plum Island in mid-April, here we’ll see more waterfowl, early arriving Herons, shorebirds, hawks, warblers, (Yellow-rumped/Palm) and perhaps a Snowy Owl sitting in the dunes.

Evening Classes: 6:30-8:00pm, January 16, February 13, February 27, March 20, April 10
Field trips: see schedule below
Register here. Registration opens online Tuesday, January 8th at 9am.
Members $275/Nonmembers $325

Field trip schedule
January 26: 7am-12pm Local
February 16 & 17: North Shore Weekend
March 2: 7am- 12pm Local
March 9: 7am-12pm Local
March 23: Depart 5am. Moose Bog, Vermont (All Day)
April 6: 7am-12pm Local
April 13: 5AM-dusk Plum Island (All Day)


January 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$275 – $325


Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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