Some Past Programs

Paul Franz Bird Photos
June 9, 5:30-6:30
Dickinson Memorial Library

115 Main St, Northfield 

Sponsored by the Northfield Bird Club

Prairie Falcons Breeding in the Western Mojave Desert  

Tom Kaiser, Phd  

May 25 at 5:00 PM  

Dolben Auditorium  

on the Campus of Thomas Aquinas College  

Presented by the Northfield Bird Club  

Hosted by Thomas Aquinas College  

Tom’s program will be mostly a show of some of the flora and fauna of the  desert with lots of photos of falcons and their broods.  

Tom started teaching at TAC in 1982 and is the Dean of the College. He  completed his doctorate in Ornithology from UCLA in 1986.  

Park on the east side of the road in front of Dolben Library. If that space  runs out, people can park in the Tracy parking lot. Enter the campus from Rts 63 and 10 (Main Street) in Northfield. Dolben Library is the second building  on your left.

Hummingbirds:Recent Research and Spectacular Species We Have Met
March 2, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 413-498-2455 for Zoom link.Dana and Bob Fox have developed a new PowerPoint talk focusing on Hummingbirds. Recent research has given us deeper insights into the wonders of this family. Their talk will focus on what is a hummingbird, how they evolved, pollination through nectar gathering (including a comparison with bees and butterflies), their diet of insects and nectar, nectar feeding technique, use of torpor, how iridescence is produced, and their courtship. Many spectacular pictures and even videos will be included. They will then share their adventures with 10 different, remarkable species they have seen on their journeys in the Americas. Come and marvel at these little gems. 

Sponsored jointly by First Light, the Dickinson Library, and the Northfield Bird Club.

Birding the Life Zones of Costa Rica

Tues., Dec. 14; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Costa Rica is known for its incredible biodiversity. Join David Moon to see some of the fabulous birds and other animals whose evolution has been driven by tropical ecosystems. Learn why such a small area can be home to so many species and how maintenance of strong democratic principles has helped Costa Ricans double the forested area of the country in the past 30 years. David has taught tropical ecology in Costa Rica since 1991 and is the Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager for Mass Audubon North Shore. This free, virtual program is co-sponsored with the Dickinson Memorial Library and the Northfield Bird Club. Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before the program begins. Register at 


This Land of Snow

Wed., Dec. 15; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Adventure into the depths of a northern winter with New Hampshire author Anders Morley as he presents his book This Land of Snow: A Journey Across The North in Winter, the story of his four-month journey through the wilds of northwestern Canada on cross-country skis. More than just a tale of adventure, the book is a meditation on the coldest season and on the approach of mid-life. Booklist calls the book “a captivating memoir” and “an eloquent ode to the harsh beauty of winter”. Morley will discuss and share anecdotes from his journey, read from his book, and show photographs from along the way. This free Zoom event is co-sponsored with the Dickinson Memorial Library. To register email

Local Insects and Spiders in Winter

Charley Eiseman, Northfield entomologist

December 2 (Thursday), 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom - email for the link.

Monarch butterflies may have all flown to Mexico for the winter, but what are all the other insects and spiders up to now? Join Northfield entomologist Charley Eiseman for a virtual tour of his yard on a winter day, in search of answers to this question. We'll encounter some overwintering bugs, along with egg sacs, cocoons, nests, and other evidence of their presence. For each of these clues we find, Charley will discuss who left it, their life cycle, and how they make it through the winter. There will be great photos, plus a preview of a cool 2022 calendar of Charley's leaf-miner photos that's available for purchase.  

Email for the Zoom info.

Sponsored by Dickinson Memorial Library and First Light's Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. 

Bats of New England


Erin Ruggiano

Bats are vital to our world’s ecosystems and economy.  On Tuesday, November, 16th, from 5:30 until 6:30p.m. join Firstlight’s Northfield Mountain and Erin Ruggiano for a free virtual program, “Bats of New England”. As we focus on our local bats, learn about the natural history, ecological importance and conservation threats of these fascinating Massachusetts mammals. Which species live here?  Where do they go in winter? Bats can be one of the most misunderstood of wild animals. Learn how you can help these heroes of our Massachusetts landscape. Erin Ruggiano is a Mass Audubon educator and bat researcher. This on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club. Pre-registration is required at Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before program begins.

Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season

Roger Pasquier, American Museum of Natural History

Courtesy of the Hoffmann Bird Club

Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (Members: Contact Nick Fleck or Ted Thornton for the link)  

Roger Pasquier will discuss the ecological and behavioral adaptations that birds have evolved to  survive winter, a season that affects not only the birds that remain in regions where it becomes  cold each year, but also the migrants that go far to avoid the effects of cold, as well as the resident species with which they share habitat at their destinations. Winter in fact affects birds’  lives all through the year, from late summer, when some birds begin storing food to retrieve  months later and others form the social groups in which they will remain until spring. Winter  also has distinctive conservation challenges. Many birds winter in latitudes and habitats occupied  more densely by people, reducing the available natural habitat and exposing them to pollutants,  invasive species, and hunting pressures they do not encounter the rest of the year. Finally, global  warming is altering the nature of winter itself, shortening the season, changing or eliminating  some vital winter habitats, shifting food sources, and throwing off the sense of timing that  triggers birds to arrive at both their breeding and winter destinations at the optimal moment. 

Roger Pasquier is an associate in the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of  Natural History. His career has been in ornithology and conservation, at the American Museum,  the U.S. National Museum, the International Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife),  World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Audubon Society. In addition  to Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season (Princeton University Press, 2019),  some of his other books are Watching Birds: An Introduction to Ornithology and Masterpieces of  Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration.

Upriver Journey


Learn about the fascinating lives and epic migrations of American Shad and Sea Lamprey virtually on May 18th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.  These fish play an important role in our river ecosystems as they migrate to and from the sea.  Author John McPhee nicknamed American Shad “Our Founding Fish”.  Sea Lamprey have been called “Hero of our rivers and vampire of the sea”.  Find out why this keystone species is misunderstood and underappreciated.  Join Kim Noyes, Northfield Mountain Education Coordinator, for this free presentation on the history and natural history of these unusual fish as this spring’s upriver migration is underway. This on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club.  To register, go to requests must be received at least 24 hours before program begins.

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

Wednesday, May 12th at 6pm on Zoom

Email for a link to the meeting

Join Master Gardener and bird lover Joan Butler for “Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat,” a beautifully illustrated program that explores the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful, layered gardens designed for avian – and human! – habitation. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flint Public Library.

About the presenter: Joan Butler has been an enthusiastic gardener, plant collector and birder for over 35 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta and epimedium.

Joan has a deep and fundamental interest in the natural world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies and libraries.

Charlie Pope

Adult Services Librarian

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Flint Public Library | Middleton, MA

Songbird Migration Virtual Program


Join Jessica Tatten on Tuesday, April 13th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. for an update on her recent research exploring songbird migration in the Connecticut River Valley. The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge provides an important place for migratory birds to rest and refuel on their way north to their breeding grounds. Her research explores where these songbirds stop, what types of habitat they use, what influences their decisions, and where they go once they depart. Jess will shed light on some of these questions and how a relatively new tracking technology helped provide answers.  Jessica Tatten has conducted research for the University of Massachusetts and Mass Audubon and recently completed her Master of Science degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This free, virtual program is co-sponsored by Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and the Northfield Bird Club. Pre-registration is required at Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before the program begins.

Awakenings: Early Signs of Spring
Kim Noyes


From a springtail migration of millions to delicate spring wildflowers, this illustrated virtual program highlights early spring.  March and April are filled with signs of spring’s arrival such as the sky dance of the woodcock and the annual migration of spotted salamanders.  These subtle to showy changes in the plant and animal world in March and April are a feast for our senses.  Join Kim Noyes, Firstlight Power’s Northfield Mountain Education Coordinator, on Tuesday, March 16th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., for this presentation about New England’s plants and animals during the steady progression of early spring.   This free on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club.  To register, go to  Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before the program begins.

Missed Kim's presentation? Watch it by clicking here.

Join Charley Eiseman for this beautifully illustrated program highlighting common native plants, host-specific insect relationships and the insects themselves.  Charley shares his fascination and enthusiasm for the world of insects in his programs as well as in his popular BugTracks blog and award-winning book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species.  His scientific discoveries include many new species of insects, even one found in his own backyard!   Find out what can happen if you stop mowing your lawn.  This free Zoom event is co-sponsored with the Dickinson Memorial Library and the Northfield Bird Club.  To register email

Watch Charley's video presentation here

Charley's website