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

Program of Trips & Meetings
March 2019 - Sept. 2019


Saturday, March 23, 2019 -- 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 7, 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 Routes 117 and 110) at 7:00 a.m. Please wear waterproof knee boots.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area (morning) - NEW TRIP

We will hike easy-to-moderate trails in search of early spring arrivals in a variety of marsh, field and woodland habitats. We will check the ponds and marsh for migrant ducks and swallows. Meet at Westborough Town Beach Parking Lot, 60 Lyman Street, Westborough at 7:00 a.m.

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

Friday, April 19, 2019 – 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) [pete.lane@comcast.net]

Monday, April 22, 2019 – 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) [mike.bellows@gmail.com)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 88th Annual Dinner and Business Meeting

The Manor, 42 West Boylston Street (Route 12), West Boylston. Social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $37.50/person. Reservation forms and membership renewal instructions have been mailed to members; please contact Treasurer Bart Kamp (bartdk@charter.net) if you have not received this material. The Dinner Reservation deadline is Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Speaker: Marja Bakermans
Program: “Forest Management is For the Birds”

Marja Bakermans received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bucknell University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. Her graduate studies focused on the ecology and conservation of forest-nesting songbirds. Her current research uses the latest GPS technology to identify and characterize habitat used by migrating and wintering Eastern Whip-poor-will populations to effectively identify priority habitats. Her presentation will describe how her team has outfitted Eastern Whip-poor-wills with miniature GPS devices to track the birds’ locations.

Marja is an Associate Teaching Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is committed to student education andresearch and seeks to stimulate students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities while addressing ecological problems. Her well-grounded research background informs her teaching of inter-disciplinary topics. With more than twenty-five peer-reviewed and extension publications, Marja effectively incorporates her current research into classroom discussion.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Leicester and Paxton (morning)

Meet behind 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) [susan@silverfoxcoach.com]

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 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.com] Please be prepared to walk.

Monday, April 29, 2019 – Westborough Wildlife Management Area (morning, 6-8 a.m.) - NEW TRIP

We will hike the north side of Big Chauncy in search of migrant warblers. This is the first of three Monday morning walks in this very productive area. Meet at the Lake Chauncy Ball Field entrance (take Hospital Rd. off Lyman St.) in Westborough at 6:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (morning) - NEW TRIP

Begin the month of May with a hike on the Sanctuary’s trails! Meet at the Broad Meadow Brook Visitors Center, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester at 7:00 a.m. Please be prepared to walk.

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

Saturday, May 4, 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) [pmeleski1@msn.com]

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – DCR Kristoff Farm (morning)

Meet at the end of Merrill Road, off Route 140, in Sterling (1⁄4 mile north of the Route 190 intersection) at 7:00 a.m. We will walk about 1.7 miles on the old farm roads.

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

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

Join us for our second walk on the north side of Big Chauncy in search of migrant warblers. Meet at the Lake Chauncy Ball Field entrance (Hospital Rd. off Lyman St.) in Westborough at 6:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (morning) - NEW TRIP

Explore trails through the Sanctuary’s varied habitats at the peak of spring migration. Meet at the Visitors Center, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester at 7:00 a.m. Please be prepared to walk.

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

Friday, May 10, 2019, 6 p.m., to Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6 p.m. -- Mass Audubon Bird-A-Thon

For details, contact Martha Gach (508-753-6087) [mgach@massaudubon.org]

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 8th 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. We will visit several locations in Princeton.

Leader: Susan LaBree (508-826-2160) [susan@silverfoxcoach.com]

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – Mount Auburn Cemetery (morning, 7-11 a.m.)

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

Leader: Dan Berard [djberard84@gmail.com]

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 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com] (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) [pete.lane@comcast.net]
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 (11⁄2 miles west of the junction of Routes 110 and 117) for Whip-poor-will and American Woodcock.

Leader: Bart Kamp (508-753-7463) [bartdk@charter.net]
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.

PLEASE NOTE: TRIP BEGINS AT GATE 43.

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

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 [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.