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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Spring-fed pond in the woods at Wernick Farm in Dartmouth.
North Albro Avenue, Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Seek out a rich array of plants and wildflowers among woods and old agricultural remnants at Wernick Farm in Dartmouth.

Size: 62 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking lots (space for 2-3 cars each)
Facilities: None
A small stream cutting across West Beach on Naushon Island
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Enjoy unrivaled seclusion on sandy shores along a wildlife-rich salt marsh at West Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
sandy shoreline of West Beach in New Bedford
200 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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West Beach in New Bedford is well-known for its clear, calm waters, where families can splash and play on Clarks Cove.

Parking: Roadside parking open 6am-9pm; additional parking in Hazelwood Park
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Bicycle Rack, Trash
Wooden bench in the sun-dappled West Chop Woods
528 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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Walk peaceful trails beneath a bird-filled canopy in this coastal forest on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard.

Size: 90 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area down the dirt road off Franklin Street
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Benches
trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
West Beach next to boat ramp in New Bedford's South End
519 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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This public boat ramp in New Bedford’s South End offers boaters, paddlers, and anglers access to scenic Clarks Cove.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp
boats launching at Westport River boat ramp
17 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02790
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Head out for a day of fishing and boating on Buzzards Bay from the state boat ramp on the Westport River.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (floating), Restrooms (seasonal)
East Branch of the Westport River from Westport Town Farm
830 Drift Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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History comes to life at Westport Town Farm, where you can explore a Colonial-era farm along the Westport River.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
Trail through the woods at Westport Woods
573 Adamsville Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Hike or picnic, explore freshwater wetlands, bird-watch or just watch the clouds pass by in this family-friendly preserve.

Size: 81 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
A group of kayakers in the Weweantic River at the state boat ramp.
I-195, Wareham, MA 02576
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Explore the Weweantic River in a small boat, kayak, or paddleboard from the Route 195 state boat ramp in Wareham.

Parking: Large paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center (seasonal)
The ruined stone walls of White's Factory and connected channel
110 Hamlin St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Step back in time at the 200-year-old ruins of White's Factory, a former cotton and saw mill on the Acushnet River.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area with space for 8-10 cars
Facilities: Picnic Tables
A woman standing by the Agawam Mill Pond at Whitlock's Landing in Wareham.
150 Glen Charlie Rd., Wareham, MA 02538
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Begin a paddling adventure on the Agawam River's flat, beautiful waters from Whitlock’s Landing in Wareham.

Size: 0.5 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Wickets Island in Onset Bay
Wareham, MA 02538
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Boat out to this tree-covered island in Onset Bay to enjoy a day of swimming, shellfishing, and beachcombing, ending with one of the best sunsets around.

Size: 4.4 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (Shoreline), Pier/Dock (Stone)
The flat waters of Dundery Brook at Wilbour Woods in Little Compton
100 Swamp Rd. , Little Compton, RI 02837
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Explore lush trails beside a woodland river, then grill up a picnic lunch in this beautiful Little Compton forest.

Size: 84 acres
Parking: Several unpaved pull-off spaces along the dirt road parallel to Dundery Brook
two girls holding a pine cone in William Minot Forest
63 Minot Ave., Wareham, MA 02571
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Take an adventure through hilly pine and oak woods at William Minot Forest in Wareham.

Size: 205 acres
Parking: Large parking lot behind Minot Forest Elementary
Facilities: None
Wing Pond in Falmouth
124 North Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Peace and tranquility define Wing Pond Woods, a well-hidden gem directly off the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
kayaks on the dinghy storage rack at the Wings Cove Launching Ramp in Marion
64 Delano Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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For Marion boaters, the Wings Cove Launching Ramp is an excellent spot to start a day of fishing in the Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Small paved parking area (vehicles and trailers); Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
Winsegansett Marsh in Fairhaven
646 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With a scenic trail through the woods to Winsegansett Pond and a beach, this Fairhaven destination is a gem to discover.

Size: 160 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at trailheads on Sconticut Neck Road
Facilities: None
kids and adults explore the waters of Little Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth
98 Wood Neck Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With amazing water views and a lush natural setting, Wood Neck Beach is a summer destination for Falmouth families.

Parking: One medium-sized unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)

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Upcoming Events

Nasketucket Bird Club Walk
Sat, October 19
7:30AM - 10:30AM
West Island,
Fairhaven
Bird Walk
Sun, October 20
9:00AM - 11:00AM
Douglas S. Westgate Conservation Area,
Wareham
Evening Stroll in Beebe Woods
Wed, October 23
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Beebe Woods,
Falmouth

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