Welcome!

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.

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2016 Field Trips and Meetings

We are off to a great start for trips and meetings this year. We wish to thank all the leaders and speakers for their dedication in sharing their interest and knowledge of our natural world with us. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol. If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader, at least, an hour before the scheduled meeting time

Sunday, February 21 6:30 am Birding the North Shore Of Massachusetts
Join Club director Ernie LeBlanc on a trip to coastal Massachusetts for the wintering birds of Cape Ann, including gulls, alcids, and sea ducks. lebroyal@aol.com

Saturday, February 27 6:00 am (Athol) 7:00 am (Hadley) Leaders Choice for birds
Join Josh Rose and the Hampshire Bird Club on this birding exploration of the Ct River Valley. Meet at 6:00 am at 100 Main Street Athol to carpool or at Hadley Village Barn Shops 41 Russell St, Hadley at 7:00 am. Questions contact Josh 413-835-0093 or e-mail jrose@hampshirebirdclub.org  Co-sponsored with the Hampshire Bird Club. ABNC members are cordially invited to join HBC on any of their events www.hampshirebirdclub.org

Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM  QUABBIN SEASONS AND WILDLIFE
Since retiring from the DCR Quabbin Visitor Center in April of 2014, Dale Monette has spent hundreds of hours on the Quabbin watershed photographing scenic vistas and observing and photographing the wildlife of Quabbin. Here are his stories and scenic photographs of the Quabbin watershed interspersed with the animals that populate the watershed. From hummingbirds and loons to bears and moose, see what Dale and his cameras saw as the animals go about their lives throughout the four seasons of a full year on the Quabbin watershed. For a preview of photographs please see Dale’s website at www.northquabbinphotography.com.

Sunday, March 20 6:00 am (Athol) 7:00 am (Hadley) Waterfowl in Ct River Valley
Join Josh Rose and the Hampshire Bird Club on this birding exploration of the Ct River Valley. Meet at 6:00 am at 100 Main Street Athol to carpool or at Hadley Village Barn Shops 41 Russell St, Hadley at 7:00 am. Questions contact Josh 413-835-0093 or e-mail jrose@hampshirebirdclub.org  Co-sponsored with the Hampshire Bird Club. ABNC members are cordially invited to join HBC on any of their events www.hampshirebirdclub.org

Tuesday, April 12, 8:00 – 10:00 am – Accessible Birding with Joe
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.

Wednesday, April 13, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM Diabase Rock, of the Conn. River Valley with Paul Kachinski. Club founder Robert Coyle was first a geologist and this month’s meeting will reacquaint us with some interesting aspects of our local geology.  Diabase Rock, of the Conn. River Valley, from its birth 175,000,000 yr. ago to its use today.  This will include the first use and why it is used today, its gems, keeping the glacial lake, its clay, and Native American use. This program is free and open to all. 7:00 PM at the Millers River Environmental Center 100 Main Street Athol Ma. info@atholbirdclub.org

Friday, April 15, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

Friday, April 22, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

 Sunday, April 24, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Ernie
Join Ernie Leblanc here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. lebroyal@aol.com

Friday, April 29, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

 Saturday, April 30 9:00 am (Athol) 10:00 (Oxbow NWR) Early Dragonflies and more
Join Tom Murray on this exploration of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in search of the Ringed Boghaunter Williamsonia lintneri and other early flying invertebrates, birds, and other wildlife. Meet 9:00 am at MREC 100 Main Street Athol to carpool or parking lot off Still River Depot Road in Harvard Ma at 10:00 am question: tmurray74@yahoo.com Map of refuge http://www.friendsoftheoxbownwr.org/images/oxbtrail.pdf

Sunday, May 1, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Ernie
Join Ernie LeBlanc here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. lebroyal@aol.com

Additional events will be posted later or check out the calendar anytime @
Athol Bird and Nature Club Events