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

Program of Trips & Meetings
  April 2018 - September 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 -- 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 26, 2018 -- 87th Annual Dinner and Business Meeting   

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

$37.50/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 11, 2018.

Speaker:   Shawn Carey
Program: “A Wing and a Care – Building a Future for Birds” 

Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. “A Wing and a Care” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.  
Shawn Carey is well known for stunning multimedia presentations.  His avid interest in photography and passion for birding led him to create Migration Productions in 1994. Since then, Shawn has presented programs to countless organizations including Mass Audubon, Eastern Mass Hawk Watch, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Shawn teaches bird photography workshops for Mass Audubon and is an instructor for Summer Fields Schools at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 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 29, 2018 -- 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)  [tpirro2010@gmail.comNote:  Please be prepared to walk.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 -- 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)  []

Sunday, May 6, 2018 – Birding North Worcester Parks (morning)

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Dodge Park, Randolph Road, Worcester.  From 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 11, 2018, 6 p.m., to Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6 p.m. -- Mass Audubon Bird-A-Thon

For details, contact Martha Gach (508-753-6087) []

Saturday, May 12, 2018 -- 7th 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 13, 2018 -- 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) []

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (morning) – NEW TRIP

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 bug spray and prepare for a lot of walking.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 -- 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) []  

Rain date:  Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19, 2018 -- 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.
Please note: Trip begins at GATE 43.

Leader:  Tom Pirro (978-874-5212) []

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Birding Worcester’s Cemeteries (morning)

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 26, 2018 -- 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)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -- 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) [

Saturday, June 2, 2018 -- 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 10, 2018 – 53rd 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, July 15, 2018 -- 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 21, 2018 -- 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) []

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 15, 2018 -- 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 23, 2018 -- 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, September 1, 2018 – Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (morning)

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

Leader:  Joan Gallagher (508-904-3607) []

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