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

Program of Trips & Meetings
  October 2017 - March 2018

Sunday, September 24, 2017 -- Bolton Flats WMA and vicinity (morning) 

Meet at the parking lot on Route 117 in Lancaster (¼ mile west of the junction of Routes 117 and 110) at 7:00 a.m. 

Leader:  Kevin Bourinot (978-376-1498) []
Note:  Please wear waterproof knee boots.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity (morning)

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:

Sunday, October 8, 2017 -- New Braintree and vicinity (morning)

Meet at the Winimusset WMA parking lot, Old Turnpike/ Ravine Road (off Route 122), in New Braintree,
at 7:00 a.m. 

Leader:  Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 -- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Keenan Yakola

Program:  Birding from the Edge: A glimpse into the life of a biologist living among the birds of Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, Maine.

Keenan Yakola is a Graduate Fellow with the Northeast Climate Center at the University of Massachusetts.  Keenan has worked the past three summers as a research supervisor for the National Audubon Society's "Project Puffin" at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge.  He is a native Cape Codder who became interested in birding and conservation while interning at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Keenan went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Wildlife Conservation.  He has studied songbirds in Kenya and Tanzania, bushwhacked through the Peruvian Amazon, and banded songbirds and shorebirds from Cape Cod to Florida.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 -- Lake Quaboag and vicinity (morning)

Meet at Lake Quaboag parking lot on Shore Road in Brookfield at 7:30 a.m.

Leader:  Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 -- Connecticut 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, such as the 2013 Gyrfalcon.  We will visit several “hot spots” depending on the most recent bird sightings.

Meet at the DCR Quabbin Visitors’ Center and Administration Building (Windsor Dam), 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:

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Northborough/Westborough (morning)

Meet at Guiseppe’s Grille parking lot on Hudson Street (Exit 25A off I-290) in Northborough at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Leader:  Nick Paulson [] (or leave message at 508-330-4401)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.

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

Speaker: Dan Berard

Program:  Identifying Birds by Photos:  An interactive workshop on how to use photographs to discern field marks and identify birds

* Please bring a North American Field Guide, binoculars (for slide viewing), notebook, and questions!

Dan Berard is a lifelong birder for whom birds were a gateway into a fascination with natural history. He has led birding and natural history tours across North and Central America, Hawaii, Trinidad and Tobago, and pelagic trips on both coasts. While in Panama, he worked at the Canopy Tower Eco-Lodge counting raptors for Panama Audubon Society’s “Raptors Oceans to Oceans” Hawk Watch and was a consultant for the BBC documentary Earth Flight. He is fascinated with the interconnectivity of ecosystems and the adaptations birds have evolved to survive in these ecosystems. Dan is a tour guide for Sunrise Birding and an arborist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 -- Salisbury State Park and Parker River NWR (all day)

Meet at the boat ramp at Salisbury State Park in Salisbury at 8:00 a.m.

Leaders:  Dick and Peg Knowlton (978-632-9639)  Email:


Members are encouraged to participate in the 118th Christmas Bird Count, a Citizen Science project sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Please contact compilers for details.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 -- Sturbridge Christmas Count (all day) Compiler: Mark Lynch (508-799-9343) Email: >> snow/ice date: Friday, December 15

Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- Worcester Christmas Count (all day)
Compiler: John Liller (508-877-5770) Email: >> snow/ice date: Sunday, December 17

Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- Athol Christmas Count (all day)
Compiler: David Small (978-413-1772) Email:
The Athol CBC has been conducted since the mid-1960’s, making it the longest continuously running bird data in the North Quabbin area.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 -- Uxbridge Christmas Count (all day)
Compiler: Strickland Wheelock (508-265-2896) Email:

Thursday, January 4, 2018 -- Westminster Christmas Count (all day)
Compiler: Charles Caron (978-874-5649) Email:

Read about CBC history, science, and data:

Monday, January 1, 2018 -- New Year’s Birds (afternoon)

Meet at the entrance to All Faiths Cemetery, 7 Island Road, Worcester, at 12 noon.

Leader: John Shea (508-752-4364) Email: 

Saturday, February 10, 2018 -- Cape Ann (all day)

Meet at the end of the Jodrey Fish Pier off Parker Street in Gloucester at 9:00 a.m.

Leader: Dan Berard (508-277-1450) Email:

Thursday, February 15, 2018 -- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.

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

Speakers: Mark Lynch & Sheila Carroll

Program: UPS AND DOWNS:  Breeding species and migrants whose fortunes have noticeably changed in Worcester County in the last 40 years.

   Mark Lynch teaches advanced level birding classes at Broad Meadow Brook. He is the book review editor for Bird Observer and was the regional editor of the Worcester County section of The Bird Finding Guide to Western Massachusetts. Mark hosts INQUIRY on WICN (90.5 FM), an international interview show that focuses on the arts and sciences as well as many topics of interest to birders.
   Sheila Carroll has been an avid birder for almost 30 years, traveling to such places as Tierra del Fuego and Lord Howe Island to observe and photograph birds. Sheila co-leads birding trips with Mark Lynch, and does the photography used in a variety of classes and presentations. She has had an exhibition of her work at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Sheila continues to do human resources consulting particularly with not-for-profit organizations.
   Mark and Sheila served as Regional Coordinators for the Worcester County section of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas II. Together with Dale Monette, then of DCR, Mark and Sheila did all the research and paperwork to create the Ware River Watershed IBA.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 -- Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.

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

Speaker: John Atwood

Program:  New Strategies for Conserving Grassland Birds in New England

Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years, specializing in integrating behavioral studies of rare and endangered bird species with habitat conservation planning.

After completing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in southern California, he moved to the East coast in 1986. While working at Manomet Bird Observatory during the early 1990’s he collaborated in the analysis of the first 30 years of Manomet’s landbird banding effort, spearheaded federal protection of the California Gnatcatcher under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, led a long-term study of factors affecting Least Tern colony site selection, and contributed to early studies of Bicknell’s Thrush in New England. From 1998-2011 he directed the Conservation Biology Program at Antioch University, New England, taught classes in Ornithology, Ecological Research Design, and GIS, and mentored over 70 graduate students working on various wildlife studies. During 2011-2013 he was Science Director at Biodiversity Research Institute in southern Maine. He has worked for Mass Audubon since 2014.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 -- Lake Quaboag and vicinity (morning)

Meet at the Lake Quaboag parking lot, Shore Road, in Brookfield at 7:30 a.m.

Leader:  Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010)

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