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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Old granite bridge over Paskamansett River at Gidley Woods in Dartmouth
21 Chase Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Walk from suburban woods into dense forest and over a historic granite bridge at Paskamansett & Gidley Woods in Dartmouth.

Size: 11 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 6 cars)
Facilities: None
view of Blankenship Cove and Sippican Harbor from Peirson Woods in Marion
644 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Marion's Peirson Woods has an observation platform where you can view sailboats, salt marshes, and sea birds on the water.

Size: 30.34 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area at trailhead
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Picnic Table
A group of people walking on Penikese Island with a view of Buzzards Bay
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Hike rolling hills, snorkel pristine waters, and take in a fascinating history on this Buzzards Bay island unlike any other.

Size: 75 acres
Facilities: Dock
farm field at Peterson Farm
McCallum Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540
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Discover one of Cape Cod’s oldest farms at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a working farm with grazing sheep alongside miles of trails through fields and forest.

Size: 88 acres
Parking: Small parking area at the end of unnamed road off McCallum Drive
Facilities: Trash
two cyclists on bike path in Fairhaven
15 Main St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Size: 4.5 miles
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking areas on Main Street and Arsene Street
Facilities: Bicycle Racks, Trash, Picnic Tables
11 Old County Road, Pocasset, MA 02559
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Cast out a fishing line or stroll sandy shores on the edges of Bourne’s freshwater Picture Lake.

Parking: Medium-sized parking lot on Old County Road; Bourne beach sticker required
Facilities: Kayak launch (shoreline), benches, trash (seasonal)
rocky beach at Planting Island Causeway in Marion
Planting Island Road, Marion, MA 02738
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Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers a panoramic view of Sippican Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

Size: 3.75 acres
Parking: Three small unpaved roadside parking areas; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: None
Pocasset River
10 Wenaumet Bluff Dr., Bourne, MA 02559
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Discover Bourne’s vibrant waterways by small boat or paddlecraft from this small boat ramp on the Pocasset River.

Parking: Limited street parking (vehicles only; no trailer parking)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
two fishing vessels in the distance on Buzzards Bay
98 Manhattan Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area
Facilities: None
Boats in the slips at Pope's Island Marina with the city of New Bedford in the background
102 Popes Island, New Bedford, MA 02740
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Centrally located in New Bedford Harbor, this marina provides protected waters with convenient access to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Pier/Floating Docks (wood), Wharf, Dinghy/Kayak Storage, Restrooms (private), Showers (private), Trash, Picnic Table(s), Bike Rack, Playground, Water, Ice, Launch Service
Bog boards beneath bright green leaves on Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail
100 Jordan St., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Family-friendly fun awaits in the fields and forest of Pulaski Park, located in New Bedford’s North End.

Size: 14 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area off Jordan Street
Facilities: Playground, Benches
Salt marshes along Wild Harbor River at Quaker Marsh Conservation Area.
526 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Quaker Marsh in Falmouth is a peaceful spot to picnic or launch a kayak into Wild Harbor River's salt marsh-lined headwaters.

Size: .74 acres
Parking: Limited parking in small paved lot on town property next door (do not block any driveways)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
The concrete boat launch at Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp in Bourne
68 Red Brook Harbor Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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Whether you're taking a day trip or keeping your boat at a local marina, start a Cape Cod adventure from this Bourne town boat ramp.

Parking: Small gravel parking area next to boat ramp (space for 1-2 cars)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
Bench at the edge of Red Brook Pond in Bourne.
Thaxter Road, Bourne, MA 02559
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For a peaceful walk through classic Cape Cod scenery, head to Red Brook Pond Conservation Area in Bourne.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area on Thaxter Road
Facilities: None
kids look through fish tanks at fish
114 Front St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Discover your Buzzards Bay at this free environmental exploration center in downtown New Bedford.

Parking: Limited visitor parking; Metered street parking and Elm Street parking garage available nearby
Facilities: Learning Center
a man and a dog walking through the woods at Ridge Hill Reserve in Dartmouth
739 Collins Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Hilly wooded uplands at this Dartmouth preserve capture the natural spirit of nearby Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
A sweet birch with new green leaves next to the Rochester Town Forest trail
476 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770
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This wide, easy-to-follow woodland trail is a great place to walk, jog, or try out cross-country skiing.

Size: 17 acres
Parking: Parking Lot A, a large paved lot
Facilities: Trash, Bike Rack
flat trail through the forest at Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area in Middleborough
Rocky Gutter Street, Middleborough, MA
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Take a wild adventure through thousands of acres of remote forest and swamp at Rocky Gutter in Middleborough.

Size: 3,178 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on either end of Rocky Gutter Street (Purchase Street and France Street); a third small unpaved parking area on Wildlife Area Access Road at Purchase Street and Faye Avenue
Facilities: None
sandy beach on Clarks Cove at Roger Street boat ramp
2 Rogers St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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A bustling summer boating spot, this sandy public ramp in Dartmouth offers access to Clarks Cove and Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
people on Round Hill Beach in Dartmouth
Round Hill Beach Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With calm waters and sweeping views, Round Hill Beach is a stunning summer destination for Dartmouth residents.

Size: 30 acres
Parking: Parking along paved Round Hill Beach Road
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)

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