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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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
Long Pond framed by leaves
65 Pumping Station Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Take a challenging hike up and down rocky hills within rich protected forest in Falmouth's Long Pond & Falmouth Town Forest.

Size: 585 acres
Parking: Two paved parking areas in Goodwill Park; two dirt pull-off areas along Brick Kiln Road
view of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands from Lookout Park
Tower Road, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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See views of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the Bay at Lookout Park on Cuttyhunk.

Size: 0.5 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Tables
Red Brook and the Lyman Reserve in winter
110 Red Brook Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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This diverse paradise of woods, wetlands, and salt marshes in Plymouth shelters rare sea-run brook trout in Red Brook.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Trash
Salt marsh at the edge of Marks Cove Conservation Area in Wareham
37 Nicholas Dr., Wareham, MA 02571
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Explore 2.5 miles of looping trails through coastal forest and along a sweep of bird-filled salt marshes in Wareham.

Size: 118 acres
Parking: Small paved parking area
Facilities: None
boy holding up a fish he caught in Mary's Pond in Rochester
Perry’s Lane, Rochester, MA 02770
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A natural kettle hole, Mary’s Pond in Rochester is a popular destination for picnicking, paddling, and fishing.

Size: 10.29 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on Perry's Lane
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
A small boat tied up at the Massasoit Avenue launch in Bourne.
43 Massasoit Ave., Bourne, MA 02559
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Set off on a Pocasset Harbor paddling adventure from the Massasoit Avenue Boat Ramp in Bourne.

Parking: None
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
a woman rollerblading on the Mattapoisett Rail Trail
24 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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The growing Mattapoisett Rail Trail offers a mile-long flat, paved bike path and a short footpath to the Mattapoisett River.

Size: 1.5 miles
Parking: Small paved parking area at Mattapoisett Town Landing (Mattapoisett resident/property owner parking pass required); one unmarked pulloff space next to path at Brandt Island Road (reserved for people with disabilities, infirmities, or parents with small children); free parking along Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven
Facilities: None
lifeguard chair in the sand at Mattapoisett Town Beach
32 Water St., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of this quiet waterfront village, Mattapoisett Town Beach offers sandy shores and picturesque harbor views.

Size: 1.9 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; fee to park in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Shower, Picnic Tables, Playground
view of Mattapoisett River mouth and Mattapoisett YMCA property from Mattapoisett Town Landing
65 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Take a scenic paddle on Mattapoisett Harbor and the mouth of the Mattapoisett River from Mattapoisett Town Landing.

Size: 1.75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; parking pass required
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Table
Stone wharf at Mattapoisett Town Wharf
8 Water Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Boaters cruising into Mattapoisett Harbor will find ample tie-up space and amenities at these five historic wharves.

Parking: Public street parking on north side of Water Street; resident parking pass required for Town Wharf parking
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier/Dock (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables, Fuel, Water, Ice (seasonal), Concession (seasonal)
red maple swamp in winter at McBratney Reserve in Dartmouth
667 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let this Dartmouth reserve's small size fool you – it's full of interesting natural features, like a cultivated blueberry patch.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
water view from Megansett Beach in North Falmouth
239 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With its wide expanse of sand, Megansett Beach is a great spot for Falmouth residents to sit and watch sailboats on the harbor.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
boat ramp at Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth
298 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For boaters on Cape Cod, Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth is an awesome gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles only; no trailer parking); resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Shower (seasonal)
Looking east along the shoreline of Martha's Vineyard from Menemsha Hills
345 North Rd., Chilmark, MA 02535
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Hike through Martha's Vineyard's diverse habitats and take in stunning views of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands at this large Chilmark preserve.

Size: 211 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: Portable Toilets (seasonal)
Noquochoke River from Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport
60 Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Pick fruit at the community orchard, explore the woods, or watch the river flow by at Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area (space for 4-5 cars)
Facilities: None

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