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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Sandy shoreline of Little Bay at Monks Park in Bourne
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Explore rolling pine-and-oak woods by the edge of Bourne’s Little Bay on the network of trails at Monks Park.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on Valley Bars Circle; additional parking at kayak ramp (with town of Bourne beach sticker)
Facilities: Kayak Launch
Kids playing in the water at Monument Beach in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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For a full day of swimming, boating, and playing by the Bay, look no further than Monument Beach in Bourne.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Food/Concession (seasonal)
The slips along the dock at Monument Beach Marina in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This Bourne town marina provides a one-stop destination for boaters to explore the harbors and shores of upper Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Trash, Fuel (seasonal), Food/Concession (seasonal)
Waves washing onto the shoreline of Moshup Beach, with the Gay Head Cliffs in the background
71 Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA 02535
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Find a perfect summer beach day or ample year-round exploration on this secluded coast beneath Martha's Vineyard's Gay Head Cliffs.

Size: 17 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area on Aquinnah Circle
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Benches, Restrooms (seasonal)
a man and a dog on a large rock at the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett
189 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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For a leisurely walk out to one of Buzzards Bay’s quietest coves, look no further than the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett.

Size: 18.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area on Mattapoisett Neck Road by trailhead
Facilities: None
Benches along the seawall at Munro Preserve in Mattapoisett
1 Main St., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Catch a sunset or just breathe in the fresh air this flower-filled park on Mattapoisett Harbor.

Size: 1 acre
Parking: Metered street parking
Facilities: None
people walking through the woods at Myles Standish State Forest
194 Cranberry Rd., Carver, MA 02366
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With over 12,000 acres to hike, bike, fish, camp, and hunt, you'll never run out of ways to have fun at Myles Standish in Carver.

Size: 12,400 acres
Parking: Several paved parking areas throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center
the shoreline of Nasketucket Bay from Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
94 Brandt Island Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Nasketucket Bay State Reservation's 200 acres of coastal forests in Mattapoisett are a treasure for all ages.

Size: 371 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Picnic table
grassy lawn next to Ned's Point Lighthouse at Veterans Memorial Park in Mattapoisett
50 Ned’s Point Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Swim, picnic, and play in the shadow of Mattapoisett’s Ned’s Point Lighthouse at this town-owned park and beach.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking area
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
trail through pine trees in Acushnet
Nestles Lane, Acushnet, MA 02743
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This wooded conservation area on Nestles Lane in Acushnet offers local residents a lovely walk along mossy stone walls.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Nestles Lane (south of the property) and near the intersection of Nestles Lane and Butts Lane (north of the property)
Facilities: None
People walking and jogging on the New Bedford CoveWalk.
1087 Cove Rd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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Stroll along a creative connection of nature, community, and art on the CoveWalk, part of The Blue Lane in New Bedford.

Parking: Small paved designated parking area on Cove Road at center entrance; medium-sized paved shared parking area on West Rodney French Boulevard at east entrance; small unpaved parking area on Cove Road at west entrance
Facilities: Trash
Wooden logs set into a leafy hillside to form steps at New Bedford Garden Club Reserve
6 Gaffney Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Adventurers of all ages can explore this small woodland, featuring a kettle pond ringed with rhododendrons.

Size: 2.67 acres
Parking: Street parking near Gaffney Road trailhead
Facilities: None
view of outer New Bedford Harbor from Harbor Walk
1560 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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Experience bustling New Bedford Harbor from up high on the New Bedford Harbor Walk, a paved walking and bike path.

Parking: Small paved parking area at the end of Gifford Street; limited roadside parking along East Rodney French Boulevard
Facilities: Trash
boat launch to New Bedford Reservoir at Lake Street
104 Lake St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; several small pulloffs along Lake Street
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
A woman sitting by the edge of Great Quittacas Pond at New Bedford Waterworks in Rochester.
247 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover a peaceful beech tree forest and remarkable freshwater views at New Bedford Waterworks, part of the protected Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 842 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved lot at the North Rochester Congregational Church (near entrance gate R10); roadside parking at any fire road entrance gate (R1-18) not marked “no admittance” (do not block gates/fire lanes)
Facilities: None
Two women walking on a trail of bog boards through a muddy part of the woods.
325 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Groves of stately beech trees shade New Boston Trail in Fairhaven, where you can take in peaceful views of forest and wetland habitat.

Size: 66.9 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
Sign for the Cape Cod Canal on the trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne
12 Aptucxet Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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Discover a hidden gateway to the Cape Cod Canal along the wooded trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne.

Size: 8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area at Aptucxet Trading Post
Facilities: None
Nobska Lighthouse from across the street at Nobska Point
233 Nobska Rd., Falmouth, MA 02543
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Tour Falmouth's historic Nobska Lighthouse, standing since 1876, or explore the shoreline and go fishing on Nobska Point.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 5-6 cars)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Learning Center
Looking up at the tall white pine trees of Noquochoke Conservation Area in Westport
418 Pine Hill Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Walk through lush forest scattered with old stone walls in the woodlands of this former camp in Westport.

Size: 20.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: None
geese and birds on Broad Cove in Wareham
8 North Water St., Onset, MA 02558
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A short walk from Onset Village, North Water Street Beach offers spectacular sunset views over Broad Cove.

Size: 1.2 acres
Parking: Parking along the street in neighborhood, outside of resident parking zones
Facilities: None

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