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.
This engaging nature trail in Fairhaven is a welcoming spot for the whole community to discover nature's classroom.
With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.
These two tracts are part of a network of local conservation areas in Marion and Rochester that you can explore.
Explore picturesque marshes by kayak or spend the afternoon digging for clams on the edge of Little Bay in Fairhaven.
This popular birdwatching hotspot in Fairhaven offers sweeping salt marsh views from atop the stone dike.
Come down to Electric Avenue to discover an intimate beach and boat ramp a stone’s throw from the Cape Cod Canal.
This small Westport landing is a great place launch a kayak or go quahogging, surrounded by the unique habitat of the lower Westport River.
Canoe or kayak upstream from Fearing Hill Swamp in Wareham to explore the Weweantic River's protected wooded shores.
A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.
Walk through birdsong-filled woods to the edge of rich salt pond habitat at Flume Pond in Falmouth.
From fishing to hiking to paddling, discover a variety of activities on this eight-acre Westport property.
With beautiful harbor views, a sandy beach, and a historic coastal fort, Fort Phoenix is a treasure for local residents.
With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views steeped in history.
Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.
The wildlife-rich forests and fields of East Falmouth's Frances A. Crane welcome hunters, hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike.
Nestled along the Little River in Dartmouth, Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve offers miles of hiking trails.
For a true adventure, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.
Take a paddling adventure on the gorgeous Slocums River in Dartmouth from this small town-owned landing.
Explore Snipatuit Pond on a canoe, kayak, or small boat from this state launch ramp in Rochester.
Discover a former cranberry bog and the birds, turtles, and mammals of the wooded wetlands at Marion's Goldavitz Bog.