ABNC is an active group of people sharing an appreciation of nature’s many forms. We have birders, geologists, star watchers, and plant enthusiasts — a full spectrum of interests. If you have an interest in nature, whether a beginner or experienced observer, we welcome you.

Join us at our meetings, field trips, and institutes where you will find a friendly reception and people with similar interests. There are a lot of exciting programs scheduled for the months ahead–check our event schedule, or come by for a visit!

The Athol Bird and Nature Club maintains the Millers River Environmental Center.

The Center is currently not wheel-chair accessible. A multifront plan for a replacement is underway. Athol voters will have a chance to support the lift replacement at the June 11 Town Meeting at 7:00 pm.  Concurrently a crowdfunding matching grant will launch on May 1st. Stay tuned for details. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope for a positive resolution soon.

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Annual Dinner Meeting

Each November we gather for a meal a great program and our fundraising Tin can auction. This year we are pleased to have Richard D. Little presenting Athol Rocks! One Billion Years as seen in Local Rocks and Landscape. Amazing events have shaped the rocks and landscape of this part of Massachusetts! Continents have collided and split. Dinosaurs lived here. Great glaciers have left their mark on the landscape. Learn about these events, see, and feel samples of some interesting geologic specimens (such as the rare Jurassic armored mud balls) in this presentation by Professor Little. This 60-minute power point program will include handouts and samples. Copies of Professor Little’s books and DVDs will be available for purchase at a discount. Richard D. Little, Professor Emeritus, Greenfield Community College, has presented numerous programs about the region’s amazing geologic heritage and has authored several books and articles, and produced two video programs available on DVD. He leads “Fantastic Landscapes” tours within the United States, Iceland, and Scotland.

As usual, we will hold our annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. @ Athol American Legion 325 Pequoig Ave Athol with the program at 7 p.m.
Reservations are required for the dinner and must be received by Tuesday, November 6. To reserve, call Cindy Hartwell at 978-828-7665, or email mailto:cindyhartwell56@gmail.com. There will be two dinner options available, each meal will be $15.00, stuffed chicken or vegetarian lasagna please indicate your preference when making the reservation. She will call or email you back with a confirmation of your reservation. No reservations are necessary for the program. The event will also feature our always-popular tin can auction; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate.

You can reserve your dinner online using this link and pay with a credit card or PayPal  https://naturegeek.wufoo.com/forms/rnnnwsl0gnvahp/