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The Fall Season Begins

ABNC_5-5-2000_Athol_trestleFriday’s on  September 22, 29 plus October 6th) – 7:30 am,         “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
  Join Jeff here at the Center (100 Main Street Athol) before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows.  Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.


<<>>Tuesday September 19, 7:00 PM ABNC Geology Division meeting.  Join Paul Kachinsky and others for our next Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center.  Reports will be read about the August 12 field trip to view the Athol Fault and other locations as well as the August 15 meeting and discussion about Beryl. We will discuss possible fall work days in “The Quarry,” new geology storage and workroom.   Signs for the room and collection will be discussed. As in the past please feel free to bring 1 or 2 mineral or rock specimens which we might discuss. If time permits we will work some in “The Quarry.” Thanks to everybody who helped out in the weekly work sessions on Sunday afternoons in “The Quarry,” as well as those who helped host the weekly open house at the Millers River Environmental Center.

Sunday, October 1, 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. A 2:00 pm program will be Birds around the North Quabbin with Joe Superchi.

Sunday, October 8, 6:00 a.m.  Birding Massachusetts South Shore
Join Ernie LeBlanc for this fall birding adventure to the Massachusetts South Shore – ocean and inland areas, including Cumberland Farm fields. Meet at 6:00 at the Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main Street Athol) to carpool and call ahead to let us know you are attending.  Bring snacks and dress for the weather.  Info: Ernie 978-249-4064 or

<<>> Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 PM “Rte 2 Geology beginning with the Great Wall of Erving through the Ancient Rift (Jurassic) Valley” Join Harry Sharbaugh for this virtual geology tour focusing on the visible signs of the geologic forms at road cuts along Route 2. The talk will be supplemented with specimens collected along the way to give a hands-on look at rock types including Gneiss, Schist, Shale and some interested dinosaur tracks and fossils.

Sat., October 21; 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues Join naturalist Nancy Goodman and take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders we encounter at Northfield Mountain.  Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues.  For more than half the year, bark provides the best clue to tree identification.  We will be keying out some of the trees to see what we can learn.  Bring binoculars, water,  sturdy walking shoes and the book Bark by Michael Wojtech, if you have a copy. This program is co-sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club and will take place at Northfield’s scenic Riverview Picnic area along the Connecticut River (intersection of Pine Meadow and Ferry Road, Northfield.)  This location has an especially rich variety of tree species.  Meet in the Riverview parking area at 10 a.m. or at the Northfield Mountain Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m. for a short walk to Riverview. For ages 16 and older FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960

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 to reserve your place.

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  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.

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 MREC 100 Main Street Athol
Red-breasted Nuthatch-Mary Bacon Adams Athol  CBC 12-14-2013