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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Boats tied up at Old Landing Wharf in Marion.
291 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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Water-loving Marion residents can begin a day of boating or kayaking from Old Landing Wharf on Sippican Harbor.

Parking: Small paved parking lot; Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood/floating), Wharf, Picnic Tables
gull flying over Old Silver Beach in Falmouth at sunset
296 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For a classic sandy beach to enjoy in summer, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is a top destination on Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Two large paved parking areas: one reserved for Falmouth residents and another for public parking
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Showers, Food/Concession
people on Onset Beach in the summer
186 Onset Ave., Wareham, MA 02558
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Families flock to kid-friendly Onset Beach in Wareham thanks to its protected waters, beautiful scenery, and central location.

Size: 10.9 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot and metered street parking; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Food/Concession
people launching a boat into Broad Cove from the Onset boat ramp in Wareham
50 East Blvd., Wareham, MA 02538
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Launch your vessel into the waters of Onset Bay from the newly renovated Onset Boat Ramp in Wareham.

Parking: No parking at boat ramp; on-street parking (vehicles and trailers) only in marked residential and non-residential areas
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
View of Acushnet River from Keating Woods
71 South Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Discover a slice of secluded nature along the urban Acushnet River at P.J. Keating Woods.

Size: 21 acres
Parking: Best parking in rear lot at Acushnet Council on Aging (59 1/2 South Main St.)
Facilities: None
Observation platform behind a field scattered with yellow goldenrod at PT Marvell
90 South Shore Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Discover a coastal ecosystem rich with native plants, birds, and butterflies from the meadows and observation platform of this Little Compton preserve.

Size: 11.5 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 5-6 cars) on South Shore Rd.
Facilities: None
daffodils at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth
33 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02743
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Known for its stunning daffodil field, Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth holds many more beautiful surprises in its woods.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area at Russells Mills Landing
Facilities: None
freshwater marsh along the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
280 State Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Paskamansett Landing is an oasis of nature and history in the urban center of North Dartmouth.

Size: 0.72 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot
Facilities: Canoe Launch
canoe launch on the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
879 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With a canoe launch, picnic table, and bench by the river, Paskamansett Park is a peaceful streamside setting.

Size: 6.7 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch, Picnic Table
Old granite bridge over Paskamansett River at Gidley Woods in Dartmouth
21 Chase Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Walk from suburban woods into dense forest and over a historic granite bridge at Paskamansett & Gidley Woods in Dartmouth.

Size: 11 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 6 cars)
Facilities: None
view of Blankenship Cove and Sippican Harbor from Peirson Woods in Marion
644 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Marion's Peirson Woods has an observation platform where you can view sailboats, salt marshes, and sea birds on the water.

Size: 30.34 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area at trailhead
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Picnic Table
A group of people walking on Penikese Island with a view of Buzzards Bay
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Hike rolling hills, snorkel pristine waters, and take in a fascinating history on this Buzzards Bay island unlike any other.

Size: 75 acres
Facilities: Dock
farm field at Peterson Farm
McCallum Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540
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Discover one of Cape Cod’s oldest farms at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a working farm with grazing sheep alongside miles of trails through fields and forest.

Size: 88 acres
Parking: Small parking area at the end of unnamed road off McCallum Drive
Facilities: Trash
two cyclists on bike path in Fairhaven
15 Main St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Size: 4.5 miles
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking areas on Main Street and Arsene Street
Facilities: Bicycle Racks, Trash, Picnic Tables
rocky beach at Planting Island Causeway in Marion
Planting Island Road, Marion, MA 02738
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Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers a panoramic view of Sippican Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

Size: 3.75 acres
Parking: Three small unpaved roadside parking areas; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: None
Pocasset River
10 Wenaumet Bluff Dr., Bourne, MA 02559
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Discover Bourne’s vibrant waterways by small boat or paddlecraft from this small boat ramp on the Pocasset River.

Parking: Limited street parking (vehicles only; no trailer parking)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch
two fishing vessels in the distance on Buzzards Bay
98 Manhattan Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area
Facilities: None
Boats in the slips at Pope's Island Marina with the city of New Bedford in the background
102 Popes Island, New Bedford, MA 02740
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Centrally located in New Bedford Harbor, this marina provides protected waters with convenient access to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Pier/Floating Docks (wood), Wharf, Dinghy/Kayak Storage, Restrooms (private), Showers (private), Trash, Picnic Table(s), Bike Rack, Playground, Water, Ice, Launch Service
Bog boards beneath bright green leaves on Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail
100 Jordan St., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Family-friendly fun awaits in the fields and forest of Pulaski Park, located in New Bedford’s North End.

Size: 14 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area off Jordan Street
Facilities: Playground, Benches
Salt marshes along Wild Harbor River at Quaker Marsh Conservation Area.
526 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Quaker Marsh in Falmouth is a peaceful spot to picnic or launch a kayak into Wild Harbor River's salt marsh-lined headwaters.

Size: .74 acres
Parking: Limited parking in small paved lot on town property next door (do not block any driveways)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch

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