Bird walks happen each spring and fall. Our busiest time of year is from late March through early June which includes the spring migration season. Nature walks can happen any time. Some walks are guided by experienced individuals. Some walks are self-guided.
The schedule of guided walks is subject to change. If it's raining, guided walks are canceled. Check this page frequently and before heading out to a site.
If you're going out by yourself during the spring or fall migration seasons, check the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdCast site for up to date forecasts of best days. Keep in mind the following:
Many birds migrate at night when the atmosphere is more stable and free of thermals, meaning they expend less energy in flight. Also, there are fewer predators about at night.
Some species use the stars to navigate, although light pollution from urban areas has made this more difficult or impossible.
Birds that migrate at night then rest during the day. Best viewing will be early in the morning or at dusk.
Please bring a mask. Be prepared to wear it if conditions warrant.
Rules will be updated as conditions change.
RECOMMENDED ANYTIME - Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Ames Accessible Nature Trail
Winter Animal Tracking Walk
Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Led by David Brown
Sponsored by the Erving Conservation Commission
Winter Animal Tracking Walk CANCELED
Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 9:30am On account of insufficient snow cover
Join other members of the Northfield Bird Club for a 2-3 hour walk, searching for the tracks and signs of winter-active animals. Meet at the library parking lot from where we may walk part of the Mill Brook system or drive around to the Birnam Road parking lot, depending on which promises the better wildlife activity. This program is weather-dependent so check with the club website before setting off. The walk is suitable for adults and teens. Wear snow-proof boots and dress warmly since tracking does not provide a lot of warming exertion. Leader: David Brown https://dbwildlife.com
Planning for walks this spring is underway. The walks will adhere closely to the pattern of previous years. Check back during the winter when we will set the itinerary.
Click below on our recent Walks history to find out more about our usual venues and to review results of some past walks.
Watch this space for updated details.
Recent History and Results