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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The path down to Miles Pond in Falmouth during spring
390 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Cool off at Falmouth’s Ice House Pond, a 7-acre kettle pond that's open for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and ice skating.

Size: 7 acres
Parking: Small paved parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch
wooden dock with boat storage slips at Island Wharf in Marion
2 Island Wharf Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Boaters and paddlers will find a place to launch and keep their boats at this wharf and park on Sippican Harbor in Marion.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers up to 72 hours); resident privilege sticker required for overnight parking (May 31 to September 15); limited parking for non-residents
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (concrete/floating), Dinghy/Kayak Storage, Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Water
view of New Bedford and Clarks Cove from Jones Park in Dartmouth
66 St. John St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Local residents can come to Jones Beach in Dartmouth enjoy the calm waters of Clarks Cove and fresh air off Buzzards Bay.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
Trail through green trees studded with boulders at Kelly Woodland
296 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Explore a coastal salt pond and rolling glacial forests through Kelly Woodlands, a gateway to vibrant Cape Cod habitats.

Size: 3 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 4-5 cars)
Facilities: None
Aerial view of Naushon and the Elizabeth Islands
Gosnold, MA 02713
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This pristine crescent of sand is a peaceful place for boaters to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
Ferns growing in a forest clearing at Falmouth's Kettle Holes Conservation Area
23 Research Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Hike gentle inclines among whimsically twisted trees and glacial boulders at Falmouth's Kettle Holes Conservation Area.

Size: 220 acres
Parking: Small pull-off next to wastewater facility road (space for 1 car); large paved parking lot at the ice rink on Technology Park Drive
Facilities: None
Lichen growing on a tree in the woods at Kirby Preserve in Rochester.
9 Quaker Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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With a spring vernal pool jam-packed with wildlife, Rochester’s charming Kirby Preserve is truly is a hidden gem to discover.

Size: 3.8 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Facilities: None
The sandy shore of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth, with the sailboats of Padanaram Harbor in the background
Smith Neck Road and Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Escape the bustle of summer crowds on the quiet shores of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth.

Parking: Unpaved roadside parking along Smith Neck Road (space for 6-7 cars)
Facilities: None
trail through a red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth
Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Take a short but fascinating walk through a salt marsh and red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth.

Size: 29.5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road and West Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
fallen tree on Acushnet River in autumn
Blain Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
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With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Limited street parking at the end of Blain Street
Facilities: None
bog boards through a salt marsh at Lawrence Island in Cataumet
Grasslands Lane, Bourne, MA 02534
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Whether by foot or on a kayak, make time to explore the sandy, protected shores of Lawrence Island in Cataumet.

Size: 7 acres
Parking: Small parking area at the end of Grasslands Lane
Facilities: None
picnic table next to Leonard's Pond in Rochester
359 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in a lovely view of Leonard’s Pond in Rochester from the shores of these two small waterfront properties.

Size: 4.1 acres and 2.95 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Mary’s Pond Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
Woodland trail leading out to tall grasses at the edge of a marsh
60 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Find yourself immersed in nature along Fairhaven’s LeRoy L. Wood School Trail, designed to engage young explorers’ curiosity.

Size: 7.5 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot in front of the school
Facilities: Benches
entrance sign for The Let Conservation Area on the Westport River
Westport, MA 02790
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Accessible only from the Westport River East Branch, "The Let" is a perfect resting place for a mid-paddle picnic and a stroll.

Size: 63 acres
Parking: None (not accessible by vehicle)
Facilities: None
Trail signs on a tree at Lionberger Woods in Rochester.
75 Haskell Ridge Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With captivating streams and wetlands hidden in a quiet forest, Lionberger Woods in Rochester is easy to fall in love with.

Size: 43.3 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Facilities: Picnic Tables
People walking on the trail through Little Bay and Monks Park in Bourne.
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Visit Bourne's Little Bay Conservation Area to discover a walk that captures Buzzards Bay’s unique coastal geography.

Size: 21.33 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas off Shore Road and at the end of Valley Bars Circle
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
Mother and child walking along the rocks at Little Bay Conservation Area in Fairhaven
12 Little Bay Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Branch off from the main route of Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Trail to explore the scenic shoreline at Little Bay Conservation Area.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Little Bay Road
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Trash, Picnic Tables
Trail along the salt marsh shoreline at Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne.
295 Head of the Bay Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Peaceful Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne hits all the right notes in just under a mile of walking trails.

Size: 10.86 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
clouds and sun rays over Buzzards Bay from Little Harbor Beach
99 Beach Plum Ln., Wareham, MA 02571
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The sandy shores and gentle waves at Little Harbor Beach in Wareham are a wonderful way to enjoy life by the Bay.

Size: 22 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; resident parking sticker required
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
trail through the woods at the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth
430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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This environmental education center in Dartmouth is also a destination for outdoor exploration on the Slocums River.

Size: 82 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Trash, Learning/Visitor Center

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