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 maintain the Millers River Environmental Center.

The Center is currently wheelchair accessible. A multifront plan for a replacement has been completed.  Our members and friends donated $15,000 toward the lift project and The Town of Athol has supported the project providing the rest of the funds needed to build the $80,000 lift.  Thanks to everyone who help make this project a reality 

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Nature Based Webinars

Below you will find a collection of Nature Based webinars sponsored bu the Athol Bird and Nature Club and our partners. We are pleased to announce a grant from the New England Grassroots Foundation to increase our community outreach. The webinar series are just a small piece of this effort.

Massachusetts Turtles webinar

Join State Herpetologist Mike Jones for a great discussion of Massachusetts Turtles as ABNC hosts its first combination Zoom meeting and webinar. Mikes Talk will be recorded for future reference. Mike is interested in the ecology and conservation of North American biodiversity. He is especially interested in reptiles, amphibians, conifers, and alpine ecosystems. Mike is currently the State Herpetologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Antioch University New England, where he has taught Conservation Biology and Continental Ecology.

INTRO TO BUTTERFLY WATCHING

Helpful resources for Butterfly Watching

The PowerPoint PDF can be viewed here

Join ABNC president Dave Small for an “Introduction to Butterfly Watching”  webinar. Be ready as temperature warm and butterflies begin to emerge, any days that are sunny and 60 degrees will bring out butterflies. We’ll cover the life cycle, Identification terminology, best equipment to bring (binoculars and camera) and the families of butterflies you can encounter here in the North Quabbin.

Introduction to
Dragonflies and Damselflies

“An introduction to observing and Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies”
Join Athol Bird and Nature Club president Dave Small for a 1 hour +/- presentation titled “An introduction to observing and Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies” The presentation is geared for the beginner but will be a good refresher for more experienced observers. Beginning with a discussion on the origins and life history of the Dragons and Damsels followed by a look at the families encountered in Massachusetts with some hints on where to find them. The timing of this presentation is designed to get you ready for the beginning of dragonfly emergence in Mid-May. Sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club and hosted by the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.