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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The Fall Season Begins

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Saturday, October 28, 7:00 am Quabbin for birds
Join Club president Dave Small and Jeff Johnstone for this Naturalists exploration of a section of Quabbin Reservoir. Meet at MREC 7:00 am for carpooling pre-registration required as the number of participants is limited. Contact Dave Small  Dave@dhsmall.net to reserve your place. (This trip is full)

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Open House at the Millers River Environmental Center The success of the summer open house prompts us to extend a couple more chances for area folks to visit the Center. 2:00 PM Join one of ABNC’s founding members Dale Monette for a presentation and Book signing
“The Secret Lives of the Quabbin Watershed”

<<>> Wednesday, November 8, 2017, ABNC Annual Dinner Meeting – Athol Town Hall – Liberty Hall downstairs “The Majestic Moose” join Wildlife photographer Bill Fournier for this wonderful look at our largest resident mammal the Moose. Bill will include images from both Maine and from our own backyard at Quabbin.
As usual, we will hold our annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.), with the program at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required for the dinner and must be received by Thursday, November 3rd. To reserve,  call Cindy Hartwell at 978-544-5783,  or email cindyhartwell56@gmail.com.  There will be two dinner options available 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 auctions; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate.

<<>> Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 PM ABNC Geology Division Hosted by Paul Kachinsky: This monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month will feature various topics of discussion relative to geology. Come join in for this informal evening of exploration and learning. 7:00 PM MREC 100 Main Street Athol Ma.

Saturday, November 11, 7:00 a.m. Birding Plum Island and Vicinity
Search for late fall migrants, then enjoy a warm-up meal and camaraderie at the end of the day. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Center for carpooling. Joan or Larry Duprey, 978-249-4964.

<<>> Wednesday, December  13, 2017 – ABNC Monthly MeetingMembers’ Night at the Center Come to the Center to share your experiences, trips, and photographs with other members.  Plan for about 10-15 minutes, so we’ll have time for everyone! MREC 100 Main Street Athol

Saturday, December 16, all day Christmas Bird CountJoin this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: 978-413-1772 or dave@dhsmall.net. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

<<>>Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 PM ABNC Geology Division Hosted by Paul Kachinsky: This monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month will feature various topics of discussion relative to geology. Come join in for this informal evening of exploration and learning. 7:00 PM MREC 100 Main Street Athol Ma.
Red-breasted Nuthatch-Mary Bacon Adams Athol  CBC 12-14-2013