Forbush Bird Club
the Forbush Bird Club of Worcester, MA
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Forbush Bird Club Text calendar

Program of Trips & Meetings
Sept. 2019 – Oct. 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – Bolton Flats WMA and vicinity (morning)

Bolton Flats and nearby Pine Hill Grasslands always host a wide variety of species. Meet at the parking lot on Route 117 in Lancaster (1⁄4 mile west of the junction of Route 117 and 110) at 7:00 am. Please wear waterproof knee boots.

Leader: Kevin Bourinot (978-376-1498) [kevin.bourinot@gmail.com]

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Rauscher Farm, Clinton
(morning, 7-11 a.m.) – New Trip!

The diverse habitat of Rauscher Farm and adjacent DCR property includes Clamshell Pond, meadows, a small marsh, power-line cut, and mature oak and hemlock forests. It is an eBird hotspot, with 123 species recorded to date! Please wear footwear appropriate for hiking.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the parking area, 29 Clamshell Road in Clinton.

From Worcester: Follow Route 70 North (Boylston Street). Just after Clinton District Court but before Wachusett Dam, turn slight right onto Wilson Street. Continue on Wilson Street. for 1.1 mile. Bear left onto Clamshell Rd. and travel 0.5 mile to Rauscher Farm.
GPS: 42.402529, -71.677860

Leader: David Ammerman (508-930-0356) [ammsus@comcast.net]

Sunday, October 6, 2019 -- New Braintree and vicinity (morning) 

Explore this beautiful rural area for early-fall migrants. Meet at the Winimusset WMA parking lot, Hardwick Rd (Ravine Rd) betweeen Route 67 (New Braintree) and Route 32 (Hardwick) [GPS: 42.344614, -72.137836], at 7:00 a.m. Waterproof footwear is advised for walking in wet grass. 

Leader: Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010) 

Monday, October 7, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area
(morning, 7-9 a.m.) – New Trip! 

This is the first of three Monday morning walks in this very productive area during the peak of fall migration. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Chauncy gate at the end of the ball fields, off Lyman St. in Westborough. 

Leader: Nick Paulson [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (or leave message at 508-330-4401) 

Sunday, October 13, 2019 -- Lake Quaboag and vicinity (morning) 

Lake Quaboag can be an excellent spot for waterfowl not usually seen inland. Meet at the Lake Quaboag parking lot on Shore Road in Brookfield at 7:30 a.m. Waterproof footwear is advised for walking in wet grass. 

Leader: Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010) 

Monday, October 14, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area
(morning, 7-9 a.m.) – New Trip! 

Mid-October is a great time to discover uncommon sparrows and warblers in the fields around Big Chauncy. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Chauncy gate at the end of the ball fields, off Lyman St. in Westborough. 

Leader: Nick Paulson [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (or leave message at 508-330-4401) 

Thursday, October 17, 2019-- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m. 

Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester 

Speaker: Scott Surner 

Program: Colorado “Chicken Run” April is the peak month to visit Colorado in pursuit of several “lekking” and non-lekking species of grouse, such as the Greater Sage-Grouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Dusky Grouse, and Prairie Chicken. Scott will take us through Colorado and nearby states in pursuit of these amazing species. Their legendary dances, hooting, and moaning is truly something to witness. Of course, the grouse aren’t the only reason to visit Colorado: on a trip this past April, Scott recorded 200 species of birds, 18 species of mammals, and spectacular scenery!
Scott Surner has been birding for over forty years. His travels have taken him all over North America, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Scott is a founding member and past President of the Hampshire Bird Club, and Compiler of the Quabbin Christmas Bird Count.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA and vicinity (morning) 

Locations include River Road/Thomas Basin, Muddy Pond, the Waushacum Lakes, and several Reservoir gates. Meet at the corner of River Road and Thomas Street in West Boylston at 7:00 a.m. 

Leader: Kevin Bourinot (978-376-1498) Email: kevin.bourinot@gmail.com 

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Connecticut River Valley Hot Spots (all day) 

The Connecticut River Valley agricultural fields in Hadley and Northampton are a magnet for southbound migrants, wintering waterfowl, and raptors, and have hosted numerous rare species. We will visit several “hot spots” depending on the most recent bird sightings

Meet at the DCR Quabbin Visitors’ Center (100 Winsor Dam Rd), off Route 9 in Belchertown, at 8:00 a.m. The trip will continue by car approximately 20 miles to Hadley/Northampton. 

Leader: Tom Pirro (978-874-5212) Email: tpirro2010@gmail.com 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 -- Halloween at Worcester’s Cemeteries (morning) – New Trip! 

Meet inside the entrance to Hope Cemetery (119 Webster St.) at 8:00 a.m. to see what’s haunting the cemeteries on Halloween. 

Leader: John Shea (508-667-1982) Email: john@beachwells.com 

Sunday, November 3, 2019 -- Northborough/Westborough (morning)

We will explore fields and ponds around Northborough and Westborough and the Wildlife Management Area. Meet at Casta Diva Restaurant (previously Guiseppe’s Grille) parking lot just off Hudson St. (Exit 25A off I-290) in Northborough at 7:30 a.m. 

Leader: Nick Paulson [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (or leave message at 508-330-4401) 

Sunday, November 10, 2019 -- Birding Worcester’s Ponds
(morning) – New Trip!

Discover some of the beautiful natural ponds within the city. Meet inside the entrance to All Faith’s Cemetery at 8:00 a.m.

Leader: 
John Shea (508-667-1982) Email: john@beachwells.com

Monday, November 11, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area
(morning, 7-9 a.m.) – New Trip!

November offers a wide variety of waterfowl stopping at Lake Chauncy during their migration. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Chauncy gate at the end of the ball fields, off Lyman St. in Westborough. 

Leader: Nick Paulson [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (or leave message at 508-330-4401)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 -- Salisbury State Park and Parker River NWR (all day)

Several species of seabirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors are present in mid-November at this premier coastal location. Meet at the boat ramp at Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury at 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Dick and Peg Knowlton (978-632-9639) Email: pdknowlton@verizon.net

Thursday, November 21, 2019-- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m. 

Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester 

Speaker: Eve Schlüter, Assistant Director, NHESP 

Program: Conserving State-Listed Birds through Targeted Habitat Restoration Efforts

Dr. Everose Schlüter (Eve) is the Assistant Director of the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). Most recently she served as the Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Prior to her time at MEPA, Eve was the Chief of Regulatory Review at NHESP and worked as the Program Administrator at the Tufts Institute of Environment. She received her Ph.D. in Biology and a Certificate in Community Environmental Studies from Tufts University in 2003.

Eve will present a brief overview of the core functions of MassWildlife, the mission of NHESP and its multi-pronged approach to the conservation of the Commonwealth’s native biodiversity, and on-going grassland and barrens habitat-management projects which are/will benefit state-listed bird species.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 -- Quabbin Park (morning)

Quabbin is a great place for spotting a wintering Golden Eagle! Meet at the Enfield Lookout off Route 9 in Ware at 8:00 a.m.

From Route 9 in Ware, turn right at the sign for Windsor Dam. In 0.5 miles, bear right onto Quabbin Hill Rd. At the rotary, take the 2nd left. Continue on Quabbin Hill Road 1.9 miles to Enfield Lookout on the left. 

Leader: Nick Paulson [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (or leave message at 508-330-4401)

To subscribe to Forbush Bird Club’s email list for trip notifications, contact Dick Knowlton at pdknowlton@verizon.net.