Birding & Wildlife Observation

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With deep forests, rocky coasts, and rich salt marshes, Buzzards Bay is a haven for wildlife of all types. Migratory birds flock to our shores along the Atlantic Flyway, while frogs and salamanders thrive in the vernal pools that pop up in our woods each spring. So grab a pair of binoculars and visit one of these places to seek out our region’s special birds and wildlife.

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great egret wading in the West Branch of the Westport River
310 Westport Harbor Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This quiet boat launch in Westport is the perfect place to begin a paddling adventure on the Westport River West Branch.

Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
A man paddling a kayak away from the Agawam Mill Pond Boat Launch in Wareham
2844 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, MA 02571
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Glide down the tranquil Agawam River for a long paddle or a freshwater fishing trip from Agawam Mill Pond Boat Launch in Wareham.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
great blue heron on the Agawam River in autumn
20 Knowles Ave., Wareham, MA 02538
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The Agawam River Trail in East Wareham offers a peaceful stroll, vistas of the Agawam River, and a paddling launch.

Size: 8.5 acres
Parking: Small parking area along the end of Knowles Avenue
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Butterfly on purple flowers at Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
787 Shawmut Ave., New Bedford, MA 02746
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Discover rare trees, exotic flowers, and peaceful public green space at this richly landscaped former nursery in New Bedford.

Size: 6 acres
Parking: Street parking on garden side of Shawmut Avenue; contact staff for off-street handicapped parking
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables, Visitor Center
rocky shoreline of Buzzards Bay at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth
1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth protects a delicate coastal ecosystem for migratory birds.

Size: 611 acres
Parking: Three medium-sized gravel/grass parking areas on Horseneck Road and Allens Neck Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
Woman and child wading in water at Apponagansett Park
77 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth is a fun summertime destination that truly offers something for everybody.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession
Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA 02535
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Take in some of the most breathtaking views on Martha's Vineyard from these trails above and around the Gay Head Cliffs.

Size: 49.4 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area on Aquinnah Circle
Facilities: Visitors Center, Bicycle Rack, Benches, Restrooms (seasonal)
Arthur F. Dias Town Landing at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth
75 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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The Arthur F. Dias Town Landing provides boaters with easy access to beautiful Apponagansett Bay in South Dartmouth.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession (seasonal)
Benson Brook in autumn from trail at the Radio Tower Parcel in Marion
Benson Brook Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Explore the remnants of World War II-era radio towers among Marion's woods and wetlands.

Size: 109 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
bird box next to a cranberry bog in autumn at White Eagle in Marion
Parlowtown Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Explore a Marion cranberry bog that has been actively cultivated for over 80 years, with stunning views of woods and wetlands.

Size: 248 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Beach roses growing in the dunes along the rocky piece of the Barges Beach shoreline
Gosnold County Rd., Gosnold, MA 02713
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Local history and natural beauty come together on Barges Beach, a one-of-a-kind barrier beach on the east end of Cuttyhunk Island.

Size: 24 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: None
Pocasset Harbor from Barlows Landing in Bourne
498 Barlows Landing Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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Whether you’re ready to go boating, paddling, or swimming, you’ll find a place to play at Barlows Landing in Bourne.

Parking: Medium-sized paved vehicle parking area with additional gravel parking for vehicles and trailers
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (concrete), Kayak Launch, Picnic Table, Trash, Bicycle Rack
White sandy shores on Bassetts Island in Bourne, with views of sailboats in the distance
Bassetts Island, Bourne, MA 02559
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Have an island adventure on the pristine beaches and shallow waters of Bourne's Bassetts Island.

Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (shoreline), Picnic Tables
a woman hiking past a large boulder at Beebe Woods in Falmouth
60 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Explore Falmouth’s fascinating glacial past at Beebe Woods, a 400-acre swath of protected forest near Woods Hole.

Size: 400 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot at Cape Cod Conservatory; Small unpaved parking area off Ter Heun Drive
Facilities: None
man fishing from sport fishing pier at Besse Park in Wareham
81 Main St., Wareham, MA 02571
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Besse Park’s sport fishing pier in Wareham Center is a hotspot for local anglers looking for stripers and snapper blues.

Size: 1.56 acres
Parking: Small paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (wood), Dock (floating), Trash, Picnic Table
view of Assawompset Pond from Betty's Neck in Lakeville
Bog Access Road, Lakeville, MA 02347
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Betty’s Neck in Lakeville offers miles of secluded trails and freshwater views in the Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 350 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Visitor Center (limited hours)
Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth in winter
20 Gunning Point Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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The deep, clear waters of Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth are a delight for freshwater anglers.

Size: 134 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp
people walking through Birch Island Conservation Area
Station Street, Wareham, MA 02571
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Birch Island in Wareham isn’t actually an island. But with river views in every direction, you might mistake it for one!

Size: 20 acres
Parking: Medium sized parking area at the end of Station Street
Facilities: None
pumpkin patch at Bourne Farm in Falmouth
6 North Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Peek back into West Falmouth's agricultural history with a walk through Bourne Farm's open fields and hilly woodlands.

Size: 35 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Facilities: Water Fountain, Trash
oil barge and tugs on Cape Cod Canal from bikeway
145 Sandwich Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Bourne Recreation Area is a gateway to fishing, walking, and bicycling along scenic Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic tables, Trash

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