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

Program of Trips & Meetings
May 2019 - Sept. 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area (morning, 6-8 a.m.) - NEW TRIP

Many newly arrived migrant warblers can be expected during our third early-morning hike through the trails on the north side of Big Chauncy. Meet at the Lake Chauncy Ball Field entrance (Hospital Rd. off Lyman St.) in Westborough at 6:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (morning)

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury.

Leader: Laura Lane (508-480-8259) []
Note: Bring insect repellent and prepare for a lot of walking.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Bolton Flats and Pine Hill WMA, Lancaster (evening)

6:00 p.m. – Meet at Bolton Flats parking lot on Rt. 117 to search for rails, bitterns, and shorebirds;
7:30 p.m. – Meet at Pine Hill WMA parking area, Pine Hill Rd. (off Harvard Rd.) in Lancaster (1 1⁄2 miles west of the junction of Routes 110 and 117) for Whip-poor-will and American Woodcock.

Leader: Bart Kamp (508-753-7463) []
Rain date: Friday, May 17

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Quabbin Reservoir Auto Trip, Gates 43 - 35 (all day)

Meet at the Gate 43 parking lot, Greenwich Road, off Route 32A in Hardwick at 7:00 a.m.


Leader: Tom Pirro (978-874-5212) []

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Oxford, Dudley, and vicinity (morning)

Meet at MacDonald’s parking lot on Sutton Ave., Exit 4B off Route 395, in Oxford at 7:00 a.m.

Leader: Paul Meleski (508-757-2950) []

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Upton State Forest (morning)

Meet at the main entrance to Upton State Forest at the intersection of Westboro Road and Southboro Road in Upton at 7:00 a.m. Please be prepared to walk the forest trails.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Barre Falls Dam & Rutland State Park (morning)

After birding the upper field, the trip proceeds by car through a portion of the Ware River IBA. Meet at the parking lot above the dam, 1⁄2 mile south of Route 62 in Hubbardston, at 7:00 a.m.

Leaders: Dave Grant (508-852-3243) and Donna Schilling (978-263-9434) []

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 54th Annual Breeding Bird Census at Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary (morning)

Meet at the Sanctuary parking lot, Goodnow Road, Princeton, at 7:00 a.m.

Compiler: Dick Knowlton (978-632-9639) []

Optional: Contact compiler in advance to confirm participation and coordinate your route assignment.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 – Birds & Butterflies with Massachusetts Butterfly Club (morning)

Meet at the Route 56 overlook to Worcester Airport in Leicester, at 9:00 a.m.

Leader: Dolores Price (508-839-2299] []

Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Wachusett Reservoir IBA census (morning)

Forbush Bird Club’s annual census of the Wachusett Reservoir Important Bird Area focuses on breeding birds including the Common Loons. We will hike shady trails to the Wood Island overlook, then drive to various gates to view the water. Meet at the intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Road (Gate 35), Sterling, at 7:00 a.m.

Leader: Kevin Bourinot (978-376-1498) []

Date To Be Announced (August or September) --
Pelagic Birds and Whales on Capt. John Boats, Plymouth (all day)

Leaders: Dick and Peg Knowlton (978-632-9639) []
and Dan Berard (508-277-1450) [].
Advance registration will be required.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – Night Heron Walk (evening)

Meet at the Mausoleum in Notre Dame Cemetery, off Webster Street, Worcester, at 7:00 p.m.Park on the right side of the building.

Leader: Dave Grant (508-852-3243)

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – Nighthawk Watch at Worcester Airport (evening)

Meet at the Route 56 overlook to Worcester Airport in Leicester, at 6:00 p.m.

Leader: John Shea (508-667-1982) []

Saturday, August 31, 2019 – Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (morning)

Meet at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary parking area, Goodnow Road, Princeton, at 7:30 a.m. to look for the earliest fall migrants.

Leader: Joan Gallagher []

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

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) []

To subscribe to Forbush Bird Club’s email list for trip notifications, contact Alan Marble at