The Brookline Bird Club conducts birding trips in New England. Birding belongs to everyone: we welcome all who enjoy and care about birds, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, birding experience or skill level.
We encourage you to suggest new spots for our birding trips. Please let us know if there’s a place near where you live that you would recommend.
All BBC trips are free to attend, although some trips may specify costs for travel or admission to a location. A list of upcoming trips can be found here
We follow all policies of field trip location property owners and co-sponsoring organizations. These may include ongoing public health measures.
Some participants may choose to wear a face mask for health purposes. We support their right to do so.
The website will indicate when preregistration is required for a trip. To register, from the page for that specific trip click/tap on the “Register For This Field Trip” button. If space is available, you can register until 7 p.m. on the day before the trip unless stated otherwise. If all spaces are filled, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a space opens up. People who do not register in advance and show up on the day of the trip will be turned away.
If you register for a trip, but then later determine that you cannot attend, please contact the BBC at email@example.com
so that someone else may have an opportunity to attend.
The trip leader may contact registered participants prior to the trip.
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 led 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 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.
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 registrants of a cancellation, as well as a post on the home page, and a message to the MASSBIRD listserv.
Bring a lunch on all-day trips. You may want to bring a drink and snack for half day trips.
Inform the leader if you need to leave early.
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.
Restroom facilities may be limited in availability so please plan accordingly.