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

Program of Trips & Meetings
September 2018 - March 2019

Sunday, September 30, 2018 -- 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 7, 2018 -- New Braintree and vicinity

Meet at the Winimusset WMA parking lot, Old Turnpike/ Ravine Road (off Route 122), in New Braintree, at 7:00 a.m.  Waterproof footwear is advised for walking in wet grass.

Leader:  Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010)

Thursday, October 18, 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:  Garry Kessler
 Atlantic Puffins and Downeast Maine
Downeast Maine offers birding experiences that range from boreal lakes and forests to rocky shores. Longtime Forbush member and nature photographer Garry Kessler shares his insights and images from a recent trip to Machias Seal Island. Garry has made multiple trips to the region in search of close photos of some of the area’s birds such as Spruce Grouse and Atlantic Puffins. Once hunted nearly to extinction, Atlantic Puffins have made a comeback with thousands nesting on Machias Seal Island, 10 miles off the Maine coast. This year Garry’s persistence was finally rewarded with a visit to the island, the only offshore location where visitors can land and observe Puffins and other nesting alcids up close.

Sunday, October 21, 2018 -- Lake Quaboag and vicinity

Meet at Lake Quaboag parking lot on Shore Road in Brookfield at 7:30 a.m.  Waterproof footwear is advised for walking in wet grass.

Leader:  Rodney Jenkins (508-757-5010)

Sunday, October 28, 2018 -- Connecticut Valley Hot Spots
(all day) 

Regrettably, this trip has been cancelled.

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 4, 2018 – Northborough/Westborough

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

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

Thursday, November 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: Dan Berard
Program:  Lesvos: The Island of Migration

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.  Dan will be leading a 10-day cruise on the Amazon for Sunrise Birding in April 2019.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 -- 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: 

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Quabbin Reservoir  –  NEW TRIP

Meet at Enfield Lookout off Route 9 Ware MA at 7:00 a.m.  
From Route 9 in Ware, turn right at the sign for Windsor Dam.  In 0.5 miles, bear right onto Quabbin Hill Rd.  At the rotary, take the 2nd left.  Continue on Quabbin Hill Road 1.9 miles to Enfield Lookout on the left.  

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


December & January --Worcester County Christmas Bird Counts

Members are encouraged to participate in the 119th Christmas Bird Count, a Citizen Science project sponsored by the National Audubon Society. See individual event details below.  Please contact compilers for details.
Read about CBC history, science, and data at:

Saturday, December 15, 2018 -- Worcester Christmas Count (all day)

Compiler:  John Liller (508-877-5770)  Email:
>> snow/ice date:  Sunday, December 16

Saturday, December 15, 2018 -- 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. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -- Sturbridge Christmas Count (all day)

Compiler:  Mark Lynch (508-799-9343)  Email:
>> snow/ice date:  Wednesday, December 19

Saturday, December 29, 2018 -- Uxbridge Christmas Count (all day)

Compiler:  Strickland Wheelock (508-265-2896)  Email:

Thursday, January 3, 2019 -- Westminster Christmas Count (all day)

Compiler:  Charles Caron (978-874-5649)  Email:


Tuesday, January 1, 2019 -- New Year’s Birds

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

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

Saturday, February 9, 2019 -- 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 21, 2019 --
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: Migration in Central Massachusetts: Where and how to look for migrant passerines, shorebirds, hawks, and water birds.

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 21, 2019 --
Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. / Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Randy Dettmers

Program:  Monitoring and Conservation of Bicknell’s Thrush: From Mountain Birdwatch to Sierra de Bahoruco

Randy Dettmers is a Senior Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region migratory bird program in Hadley, MA. His work focuses on reviewing the status of nongame bird populations, identifying the species most in need of conservation attention, and developing and implementing conservation partnerships that can address issues impacting bird populations in decline, including species such as Cerulean Warbler, Bicknell’s Thrush, Golden-winged Warbler, and Saltmarsh Sparrow. Randy grew up on a family farm in Wisconsin and earned a B.S in zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to graduate school at Ohio State University where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Zoology Department.  Randy moved to Massachusetts to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999 and he worked in his current position since then.

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)

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