Bird walk with SOLF for Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon – Saturday

Above: Grab your binoculars and head out to Beals Preserve on Saturday to join this year’s Bird-a-thon. (images from Mass Audubon website)

This Saturday, May 14, Mass Audubon will lead a public bird walk through Beals Preserve. The event is sponsored by Southborough Open Land Foundation in support of the annual Bird-a-thon.

What is the Bird-a-thon? Mass Audubon’s site explains:

From May 13 to May 14, birders on over 25 teams will spend 24 hours trying to spot the most bird species in Massachusetts. Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon’s annual fundraiser, is a reminder of the variety and abundance of wildlife and habitat in Massachusetts and the role we play in protecting it. Competitive birders and friends of Bird-a-thon, Bird-a-thon Boosters, raise money from friends and family to support the entirety of Mass Audubon or their favorite sanctuary or program.

SOLF organizers are inviting the community to join them:

Meet at 7:00 AM sharp at the triangle area of Main St. (Rte30) and Northborough Rd. for a brief introduction. You can also meet at the Kiosk on Beals Preserve, but you will miss the brief introduction. The walk will finish at approximately 9:00 AM.

Bring your binoculars and, of course, dress appropriately for ticks! This event is free and open to all. No previous bird watching experience is required.

The walk will be led by Jeff Collins, Director of Mass Audubon’s Ecological Management Department. For more information, visit

To get in the birding spirit, you may want to take advantage of SOLF’s other public event this week. On Wednesday night, an award winning wildlife photographer will be sharing photos and talking about his experiences at SOLF’s Annual Meeting. Click here for more details.

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