Field Trips – Info for participants

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.
  • As of June 8, 2021 the BBC has updated its pandemic field trip policy as follows:

    • Participants should continue to carry a mask, and, depending on the leader’s preference, might be asked to use one.
    • While participants are no longer required to socially distance, not share optics, and not carpool during trips, please continue to bring a mask and respect a trip leader’s request to wear a mask and socially distance.
    • People who are not vaccinated are strongly recommended to continue wearing a mask whenever attending trips, or delay their participation until they are vaccinated, if they are able to do so.
    • When trips occur at locations where more restrictive policies are in place regarding mask use and social distancing, leaders and trip participants will adhere to those more restrictive policies.
  • 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 cancellation@brooklinebirdclub.org 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.

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.