Field Trips – Info for participants

  • All trips listed in the BBC bulletin or “bluebook” are free of charge, though some trips may specify costs for travel or admission. An online list of upcoming trips can be found here.
  • While most of the trips are scheduled on the weekends, some trips are conducted during the week, and both full-day and half-day trips are offered.
  • All BBC trips are lead by experienced volunteers. Leaders reserve the right to limit the participation to some trips due to the nature of the location of the walk (e.g. limited parking facilities, etc.). There are also a few out of state trips with limited participation including the annual Rangeley Lake Area and Downeast Maine trips as well as trips to various locations in New Hampshire. The pelagic trips are (obviously!) limited by the size of the boat. In all other cases, please just turn up at the scheduled time at the meeting place – you don’t need to inform the leader in advance.
  • The BBC stresses the importance of good public relations. When attending trips, park your vehicle off the road, away from driveways and posted areas, so traffic can flow unimpeded. Respect special guidelines at birding locations such as cemeteries and national wildlife refuges. Most importantly, do not enter private property unless you have permission. For a refresher on responsible birding, see the BBC Code of Ethics.
  • In extremely rare circumstances, a leader may cancel a trip based on an emergency situation such as dangerous (or entirely unproductive) weather conditions. Leaders will notify members of a cancellation on the trip list page, as well as a post on the home page, and a message to the MASSBIRD listserv.
  • Bring a lunch on all-day trips.
  • Inform the leader if you need to leave early.
  • Try to car pool whenever possible, not only to save costs and fuel, but also so that the leader can take everyone to limited-access places. This is also a way of promoting camaraderie on the trips.

Field Trips – Info for Trip Leaders

Guidelines for Trip Leaders

Please review the above guidelines for how best to lead a trip. If you have any suggestions to make trips better, please email the Field Trip Coordinator.

Trip leaders should report their trips sighting to eBird and share with the club eBird account (username: BrooklineBirdClub). These trip reports are helpful to participants and we hope that our sightings will benefit future conservation efforts and to help us and others to better understand the population dynamics of the birds in our region.

The Club is always looking for birders to lead club trips. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to share your birding experience and knowledge. The time commitment can be as short or as long as you wish, so consider sharing the pleasure of your favorite birding hotspot. If you are interested in leading a trip for the club, contact the Field Trip Coordinator, Neil Hayward by email.

Birding 101

Trips designated BIRDING 101 are geared especially to beginners or young birders. The leader will focus on the basics of birding such as field marks, how to describe a bird’s location, and identification tips. These trips are open to all, but are ideal if you are a beginner or have a non-birding friend (a pre-birder!) who might like to come along and see what it’s all about. That’s how most of us got started! If  you have a suggestion for a good spot for a beginners’ walk, please contact the field trip coordinator.

Limited Mobility

Trips designated LIMITED MOBILITY are geared especially to birders who are unable to walk/hike long distances.   The leader will focus on going to areas where birds can be seen from the car or by taking short walks on easy terrain.  Wheel chairs can be accommodated in some areas.  Contact the leader if you use one. These trips are open to all, but are ideal if you might like to come on a bird trip and not be left behind while others go off on a long hike. If  you have a suggestion for a good spot for a beginners’ walk, please contact the field trip coordinator.

Conservation Series

Trips designated with the Breeding Bird Conservation logo are adventures in search of Massachusett’s endangered breeding birds.  The goal of these trips is to contribute to local bird and habitat conservation, in addition to providing club members with the chance to experience these endangered birds on their breeding grounds.  Each trip will attempt to submit an observation of at least one state-listed bird species to the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).  If accepted by NHESP, these sightings support legal protection for MA endangered species under state conservation laws.  For more information on the NHESP and other conservation efforts, please our Conservation Resources page.