Birding by Ear

Saturday, March 23 & 30, 10:00am

Join the Mass Audubon for a 2 week series on birding by ear! You can’t always see the birds; sometimes you’ll need to rely on your auditory senses. By understanding what sounds birds are making and why, the chirping, cooing, and squawking becomes a much more fascinating conversation, complete with flock alerts, plan making, and weather predictions. From a sparrow’s songs to a woodpecker’s drumming, our noisy avian neighbors can tell us a lot about the natural world – if we’re open to listening.

The first session will be a presentation at the Library on Saturday, March 23. The second session will be a field experience nature walk at Smitty’s Bog on Saturday March 30. We will listen for the gentle trill of the Pine Warbler, the sweet song of the Northern Cardinal and the emphatic call of the Red-winged Blackbird among many others. Come prepared for a one hour walk on mostly flat trails. Wear sturdy shoes and dress in weather appropriate layers. Bring binoculars if you have them, if not we will have some loaners for the walk. Parking is located at the end of a dirt road beside 368 Indian Head St  (rt 58) in Hanson.

You do not have to attend both sessions.