Starting at The Mount’s Historic Stable, venture through Edith Wharton’s original estate guided by one of Mass Audubon’s naturalists. Exploring woods, wetlands and meadows you’ll learn the skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers. Following the two-hour walk, join us on The Terrace and compare your findings over a cup of coffee.
Whether you are an experienced birder or new to the hobby all are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided by Mass Audubon but please feel free to bring your own. Proper hiking attire and footwear, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended.
Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes steep and uneven terrain.
This program is offered in partnership with Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Dale Abrams is the Education and Volunteer Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries. He is a life-long naturalist, birder, and wildlife tracker who has studied ecosystems from West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and New England, where he has lived in the Berkshires for the past 17 years.
Drew Johnson is a naturalist for Mass Audubon as well as a writer and teacher with work in Harper’s, New England Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Literary Review, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. He is an experienced birder who leads guided hikes and nature walks in the Berkshires and the Hilltowns.
Laura Evans works as a naturalist, field technician, and intern coordinator for Mass Audubon. She has previous experience conducting wildlife research including bird monitoring projects for Mass Audubon, USGS, NPS, Smithsonian, UC Berkley, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Becky Cushing is the Director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and has guided nature and outdoor programs throughout New England since 2003. Her background is in conservation biology, with an MS in Plant Biology from UVM’s Field Naturalist Program and she is a 2012 Switzer Fellow.