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

Program of Trips & Meetings
  March through September 2017

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

Thursday, March 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: Peter Christoph
Program: The Art of Bird Photography

Peter Christoph shares his epic birding adventures in an entertaining and informative presentation while explaining the techniques he uses to capture intimate portraits of birds in their natural habitat. Peter will take you beyond simply enhancing your bird photography skills by sharing his own approach to the art of bird photography in terms of lighting, composition, action, environment, and background.

Peter is a wildlife advocate, naturalist, photographer and birder. He is a member of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists, and is frequently called upon to judge photographic competitions throughout New England. Peter recently published his third bird book, The Art of Bird Photography.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 -- 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)

Sunday, April 2, 2017 -- Bolton Flats WMA and vicinity (morning)   CANCELLED due to flooding

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.Friday, April 7, 2017 -- Woodcock Walk (evening)

Friday, April 7, 2017 -- Woodcock Walk (evening)

Meet at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) in Westborough at 6:30 p.m.

Leader:  Laura Lane (508-480-8259) []

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -- Celebrate Earth Day at Shrewsbury Parks (morning)

Meet at the Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave., off Main Street in Shrewsbury at 8:00 a.m. 
This is a joint walk with the Shrewsbury Trails Committee.

Leader:  Mike Bellows (508-845-1651; cell 508-414-9169) [

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- 86th Annual Dinner and Business Meeting  

The Manor, 42 West Boylston Street (Route 12), West Boylston

$35/person.  Social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Contact Bart Kamp ( for reservation forms.  Dinner reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Speaker:  Dr. Andrew Vitz

Program:  Engaging Birders to Promote Bird Conservation in Massachusetts

Andrew (Drew) Vitz received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and Master’s
and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University where he studied the effects of forest management on migratory songbirds.  Following graduate school, he was an avian ecologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pennsylvania and managed the Powdermill Avian Research Center. 
Drew is currently the State Ornithologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.   

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Leicester and Paxton (morning)

Meet in the back of the Worcester Airport, on Mulberry Street, Leicester, at 7:00 a.m.  We will bird this area, then proceed to Muir Meadow in Paxton.  Please bring waterproof footwear for the trails at Muir Meadow.

Leader:  Susan LaBree (508-826-2160) []

Sunday, April 30, 2017 -- High Ridge WMA, Westminster/Gardner (morning)

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the gated end of East Gardner Road, 3 miles north of the Route 2/Route 140 intersection (Exit 25) via Town Farm Road to East Gardner Road, Westminster.
Leader:  Tom Pirro (978-874-5212)  [] Note:  Please be prepared to walk.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -- 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.  This trip will focus on the Greenbrier Recreational Area in Oxford.  If time permits, we will drive to other nearby locations such as Hodges Village Dam and Buffumville Dam.

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Birding North Worcester Parks (morning) – New Trip!

Worcester has an abundance of historic city parks offering easy walking in an urban oasis.  We will search for early May warblers and other migrants at some of the parks in North Worcester.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Dodge Park, Randolph Road, Worcester.  From the east, take I290 West to Exit 20; turn right onto Burncoat St.  From the west, take I290 East to Exit 20 and turn left onto Burncoat St. 
At 0.2 miles, turn left on Randolph Rd.  Dodge Park is on the left; park on the street adjacent to the park.

Leader:  Bette Robo (617-448-4312) []

Friday, May 12, 2017, 6 p.m., to Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6 p.m. -- Mass Audubon Bird-A-Thon

For details, contact Sheryl Farnam at 508-753-6087 or

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 6th Annual Mt. Wachusett Walk in Memory of Francis X. McMenemy – Princeton area (morning)

Meet at the Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area parking lot on Mountain Road in Princeton at 7:00 a.m.

Leader:  Susan LaBree (508-826-2160) []

Sunday, May 14, 2017 -- Mount Auburn Cemetery (morning, 7-11 a.m.)

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St. (Route 16), Cambridge
Meet inside the entrance gate at 7:00 a.m.

Leader:  Dan Berard (508-277-1450) []

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -- 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
(1½ miles west of junction of Routes 110 and 117) for Whip-poor-will and American Woodcock.

Leader:  Bart Kamp (508-753-7463) [bartdk@charter.netRain date:  Friday, May 19

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- Quabbin Reservoir Auto Trip, Gates 35-43 (all day)  

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Gate 35, Old North Dana Road, New Salem. 
At 5 miles west of the intersection of Routes 32 and 122 in Petersham, turn sharp left on Old North Dana Road;  proceed ~1 mile to parking area.

Leader:  Tom Pirro (978-874-5212) []

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Birding Worcester’s Cemeteries (morning) – New Trip!

Worcester’s cemeteries provide excellent habitat for breeding birds and spring migrants.
We will visit Notre Dame, Mt. Hope, and All Faiths.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. in Notre Dame Cemetery by the Curtis Ponds.  Enter at the north end, from Webster St. (Route 12); drive through two roundabouts to the 3rd right, then take the 2nd left. 

Leader:  Susan LaBree (508-826-2160) []

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -- DCR Kristoff Farm (morning))  

Meet at the end of Merrill Road, off Route 140, in Sterling (¼ mile north of the Route 190 intersection)
at 7:00 a.m.

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -- 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.

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -- Barre Falls Dam and Rutland State Park (morning)

Meet at the parking lot above the dam, ½ 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 11, 2017 – 52nd Annual Breeding Bird Census
      at Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

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, June 25, 2017 -- Wachusett Reservoir (morning)

Forbush Bird Club’s annual census of the Wachusett Reservoir Important Bird Area focuses on breeding birds including the Common Loons. 
Meet at the intersection of Route 110 and Chace Road (Gate 35), Sterling, at 7:00 a.m.

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017 -- 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)  []

Please Note:  Location is subject to change.  Check your email and our Facebook page for updates.

August --  Date To Be Announced --
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. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- 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:  John Shea (508-667-1982) []

Saturday, September 2, 2017 -- Wachusett Meadow (morning)

Meet at MAS Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary parking area, Goodnow Road, Princeton, at 7:30 a.m.

Leader:  Joan Gallagher (]

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.