We look forward to resuming programs as soon as it is safe to do so and hope that Birdwalks will be able to start as scheduled on Thursday, May 14. We are closely monitoring the situation and recommendations from local and state officials along with our partners at MASS Audobon and will make a final decision no less than two weeks before the first bird walk. Registered participants will be emailed in advance.
Advance registration with MASS Audobon is required for this FREE event.
Learn the skills for birding by sight and song as we explore The Mount in search of numerous bird species, including warblers and woodpeckers, thrushes and wrens, and swallows and sparrows.
Tours welcome experienced birders and those new to the activity. All bird walks leave from The Mount’s Stable promptly at 8 am return to the Stable by 10 am. Pre-registration is required, tours are limited to 30 participants.
Binoculars and bird ID tools available for loan from Mass Audubon or BYOBinoculars. Proper hiking attire and footwear, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended. Please note that bird walks are not suitable for wheelchairs and that trails include some steep and uneven terrain.
Depending upon group size and mobility we may offer two options based on length and terrain (see descriptions below to help you choose):
- Leisurely-paced, leaving from the historic stable, focused on relatively gentle trails through woodlands and marsh around Warton’s home and gardens and covering roughly 1 mile round trip.
- Moderately-paced walk, leaving from the historic stable, traversing a blend of gentle and somewhat rugged and narrow wooded trails, leading to Edith Wharton Park and Laurel Lake and then back the Stable via woodlands and marshes around Warton’s home and garden; covering roughly 2 miles round trip.
This program is offered in partnership with Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Zach Adams is a teacher and naturalist for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries where he leads birding, hiking, tracking, and canoeing programs, and enjoys teaching about nature from amphibians and birds to mushrooms and reptiles. He is passionate about ornithology and enjoys sharing his love of birds with everyone around him.
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.
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.