Dartmouth, MA 02747
Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment on this exciting birding expedition. The fabled American woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flights are a true sign of spring that occurs across open landscapes often before the last snows have melted. Woodcocks are actually shorebirds, but forests are integral to their nesting ecology. Experience the spectacle at Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area in Dartmouth, a known staging area and site where the state manages habitat specifically for woodcocks.
Spend the first hour enjoying this beautiful property and exploring the site for other bird activity that may occur at dusk. Then settle in to hear and see the “main event”: woodcocks performing their aerial displays. A packet of background material about woodcocks will be provided. After woodcock activity has subsided and if conditions are permitting, we’ll take a quick look for owl activity.
Participants should dress warmly and bring (if available) a camera, binoculars, flashlight, and chair. Pre-registration required by noon on Tuesday, March 27.
Cost: $10 Lloyd Center members, $13 non-members