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 2016–2017 Hoffmann Bird Club Schedule

The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s premier ornithological organization. It was
established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in the county. The club was founded under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and is named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a naturalist born in Berkshire County.

Monthly Meetings are held at Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield, MA or Pleasant
Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA. See the schedule for specific dates and locations. Most meetings begin at 7:00PM. They are free and open to everyone interested in birds. Come enjoy the scheduled program and light refreshments. Bring a friend.

Field Trips: Times listed are departure times; please arrive a few minutes early to meet the
leader(s) and carpool when possible. When carpooling, participants are expected to contribute
to gas expenses. Local trips generally last until lunch, unless otherwise noted. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and bring binoculars (if you have them). Please contact the Trip Leader to let her/him know you are coming.

Our Birding Beyond Your Backyard trips will continue this year. Contact Doug Bruce (499-0596,
dbruce@bnrc.net) to learn how they can expand your birding enjoyment. Check our website or The Berkshire Eagle for details.

Unless otherwise noted, all telephone numbers are in area code 413.

Important Trip Tips
1. It is recommended that you contact trip leaders in advance to let them know you are coming so they are aware of how many people to expect. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there are occasional changes in the trip schedule. Check eNews (member’s email newsletter), our website, Facebook page, or contact leader(s) for updates.

2. If you are taking a trip where some details are TBA, contact the leader by phone or email or check eNews (member’s email newsletter),  for more details as the date nears.

3.The trips listed in this guide are those confirmed at press time in July. During the year, other walks may be offered. Check for additional trips and events in HBC eNews (member’s email newsletter), or on our website at www.hoffmannbirdclub.org.

September 2016

Fri 9/2 Potluck and Monthly Meeting 5:00PM
Bring a dish to share, and please bring your own place settings and utensils so we can lighten the impact on the Sanctuary. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox 01240

Sat 9/3 Explore Lanesborough 7:30AM
We’ll check pond, trails, caves, and springs for migrant songbirds and raptors. Meet at the old
Brodie Ski Touring Center, 770 Rte. 7, Lanesborough. Leader: Matt Kelly (458-3664,
veganpeace2@gmail.com).

Wed 9/7 Springside Park 7:30AM
Meet at the playground parking lot off of North St. (Rte. 7), Pittsfield to look for migrating songbirds and sparrows. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com).

Sun 9/11 BNRC’s Alford Springs 7:30AM
Join us on this 2.4 mile walk through a variety of habitats as we search for migrant and resident
songbirds. Meet at the Price Chopper on Stockbridge Rd. in Great Barrington. Leaders: Greg
Ward (gward@wardsnursery.com, 446-7486), Christine Ward (ch.wards@verizon.net).

Sat 9/17 Blueberry Hill Hawkwatch 9:00AM & Potluck Picnic
(Combined event with the Allen Bird Club.)
Bring a dish to share, your favorite beverage, a scope (if you have one), and chair. Ends at 3:00
PM. For carpool information contact: Chris Blagdon (684-1808, ceblagdon@nycap.rr.com) or Ann Connors (464-2238, cool48cats@gmail.com). Rain date 9/18.

Tues 9/20 A Walk in the Woods 8:00 AM
A morning walk at a location of the leader’s choice. Beginners encouraged. Meet at the Lanesborough Post Office on Rte. 7. Leader Noreen Mole (442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com).

Sun 9/25 Linear Park Williamstown 7:30 AM
This is one of the best locations in No. County for Fall birding. Join us as we search for migrating
sparrows, raptors and warblers. Meet at the Linear Park parking area, walking is easy, but may be muddy. Leaders: Carrie Jones (884-2661, carriejwilliamstown@gmail.com), & Chuck Johnson
(978-505-9139, chuckjohnson10@aol.com)

October 2016

Sat 10/1 The Meadows 7:30 AM
Half-day trip to the Hadley/Northampton area to search for migrant sparrows and hawks. Meet at Allendale Shopping Center on Cheshire Rd. Pittsfield. Please contact leader for carpool info.
There will be a lunch stop, or bring your own. Leaders:Tom Begley (655-0112, AT8395@aol.com), Noreen Mole 442-6327,Smole@berkshire.rr.com).

Mon 10/3 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Cuba: Birds, People, Cars & Cigars”
Rich Guthrie, Host of WAMC Public Radio Talk
Show “Birding With Rich Guthrie.”
For more details go to the program/speaker section of the website

Wed 10/5 Springside Park 8:00 AM
Meet at the playground parking lot off North St. (Rte. 7), Pittsfield. We will look for migrant
songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327,
Smole@berkshire.rr.com).

Sun 10/9 Stafford Hill/Cheshire 7:00 AM
Half day trip to Stafford Hill and neighboring areas in search of sparrows and other migrants. Meet at Allendale Shopping Center on Cheshire Rd. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
eneumuth@gmail.com) for details.

HBC Members are welcome at the Hopkins Forest Saw-whet Owl Banding Program that runs mid-October to early November. Weather permitting, it is open evenings at the Owl Banding Station at Hopkins Forest in Williamstown. Contact Drew Jones (ajones@williams.edu) before you go for further details.

November 2016

Saturday Nov. 5  (storm date Sat. Nov. 19)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  
Second Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference
Hosted by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Church St. Center @ MCLA, N. Adams

Join fellow naturalists, conservationists, students of all ages, and citizens, for a day of celebration of the biological diversity of Berkshire County. In the summer of 2014 we lost one of our noted field naturalists, Dave St. James. He was a biologist for the Massachusetts DFW and an indefatigable recorder of the plants and animals that live in remote corners of the Berkshires. An avid reader of historical text, an ardent chronicler of natural events, and a truly selfless sharer of knowledge, Dave was one of a long line of great Berkshire naturalists. A well-attended celebration in his memory was the impetus for the idea of an annual conference celebrating Berkshire Natural History and the past naturalists that have contributed to conservation efforts to preserve and protect our little corner of the planet. Support this year comes from Berkshire Community College, MCLA, Hoffmann Bird Club, Orion magazine, Green Berkshires, Center for Environmental Studies (Williams College), and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact
Tom Tyning for details: ttyning@berkshirecc.edu.


Sun 11/6 71st Bartlett Hendricks 7:00AM Memorial Waterfowl Census
Join the annual census of central Berkshire lakes and wetlands. Meet at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Bring lunch and a scope. Trip ends around 3:00PM. Coordinator: Tom Tyning (236-4502, ttyning@berkshirecc.edu).

Mon 11/7 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“To Know the Crow: Insights and Stories From Over a Quarter Century of Crow Study”
Kevin McGowan, PHD.
Project Manager of Distance Learning in Bird Biology,
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
For more details go to the program/speaker section of the website

Sat 11/12 NW CT Waterfowl Census 8:00AM
Meet at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Bring lunch and a scope. Trip ends about 2:00PM. Co-leaders: Kate Ryan (528-4355, DivinDucky@aol.com) and Rene Wendell (429-5025, renewendell@hotmail.com).

December 2016

Mon 12/5 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Guardian Life Insurance 700 South St., Pittsfield
“HBC Member’s Night”
Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share, and sign up for the Christmas Count

Sat 12/17 Central Berkshire Christmas Count
Join a team and keep the tradition going. Sign up at Members Night, or contact count leaders Holly Higinbotham and Bob Wood (684-3724, higinbo@hotmail.com). Blizzard date:12/18

January 2017

Sun 1/1 South Berkshire Christmas Count
Join a team and welcome the new year with some winter birding. Contact Rene Wendell (429-5025, renewendell@hotmail.com) to sign up or for more information about time and place.

Sat. 1/14 North Shore TBA
Sea ducks, gulls and alcids. Trip limited to 12, contact leader early. Bring lunch and a scope if you have one. Leader: Chris Blagdon (684-1808, ceblagdon@nycap.rr.com).

February 2017

Sun 2/5 Breakfast and Winter Birds 7:30AM
Meet at Ozzie’s Restaurant, Maple St., Hinsdale at 7:30AM for breakfast. We will then look for
wintering birds around Hinsdale and nearby towns. Mostly roadside birding. Leader: Jonathan Pierce (281-2398, cheshirebirder23@gmail.com). Contact Tom Begley (655-0112, AT8395@aol.com).

Sun 2/12 Raptor Ramble TBA
This will be a county-wide loop, beginning in Williamstown, travelling to the Sheffield area and
back, with several stops along the way, in search of wintering raptors. There will be a lunch stop, or bring your own. Return to Williamstown will be appx. 3-4 PM. Leader: Chuck Johnson
(978-505-9139, chuckjohnson10@aol.com).

March 2017

Mon 3/6 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Birding the American Southwest”
Greg Ward, HBC Member

Our spring Birding Beyond Your Backyard walks will begin soon. For dates & locations, please
contact Doug Bruce (499-0596, dbruce@bnrc.net).

April 2017

Mon 4/3 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Insects for Birders”
Bryan Pfeiffer, Professor and Writer, University of Vermont
For more details go to the program/speaker section of the website

Sat 4/8 Monterey 7:30 AM
A 1/2-day trip, including Bob’s Way and Diane’s Trail, to find early spring migrants. Meet at the
Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington Contact leader Kate Ryan (528-4355,
divinducky@aol.com) for details.

Sun 4/9 South County 7:00AM
A search for signs of spring in Berkshire County. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the
Pittsfield/Lenox Rd.. Leader: Jonathan Pierce (281-2398, cheshirebirder23@gmail.com).

Sun 4/23 Leader’s Choice Williamstown 7:00AM
Join us as we look for arriving migrants at one or more hotspots in this birdy little town. Meeting location TBA. Contact Carrie Jones (884-2661, carriejwilliamstown@gmail.com) or Chuck Johnson (978-505-9139, chuckjohnson10@aol.com).

Sat 4/29 Warner Farm, Cummington 7:30AM
Search for American Bittern, Waterthrushes, Virginia Rails, Cuckoos & more! Meet at The
Creamery on Route 9 in Cummington. Leader: Charles Quinlan: (413-634-0334). Email contact:
Matt Kelly (veganpeace2@gmail.com).

May 2017


Sat 5/6 Annual Meeting and Banquet 5:00 PM
Join club members for a brief meeting to elect officers followed by:
“The Secret Lives Of Shorebirds”
Ian Davies, eBird Project Assistant
Cornell University
Mazzeo’s Ristorante, 1015 South Street, Pittsfield, Ma.
Members will receive menu and reservation details thru the member’s eNews newsletter. Reserve early!
For more information on the speaker go to the program/speaker section of the website

Sun 5/7 Post Farm Marsh 7:30AM
Morning walk in search of spring migrants and rails. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield-Lenox Rd., Lenox. Leader Gael Hurley (281-1017, gael19@nycap.rr.com).

Fri/Sat 5/12-13 Birdathon/Century Run TBA
Join a team and continue the tradition, and support Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to benefit our local sanctuary. Contacts, count format and other details will be announced in the Hoffmann eNews. Sign-up sheets will be available at the banquet. Coordinators: Jonathan Pierce (281-2398 cheshirebirder23@gmail.com) and Gael Hurley (281-1017, gael19@nycap.rr.com).

Thu 5/18 Hand Hollow Conservation Area 7:00AM and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, NY
Morning walk in search of warblers and other migrants. Hand Hollow portion is an easy 2 hour
walk. Contact Clellie Lynch (518-794-9063, ClellieL@aol.com) for directions and details.

Sat 5/20 Leader’s Choice 7:00AM
Join us to explore a spot in the New Ashford area at the leader’s discretion. Meet at JW Kelly’s Real Estate, Rte. 7, New Ashford. Leader: Matt Kelly (458-3664, veganpeace2@gmail.com).

Sun 5/21 Stafford Hill 6:30AM
A search for migrant and resident birds; one of our target species will be Prairie Warbler. Meet at Farnam’s Rd. Causeway (off of Rte. 8) in Cheshire. Contact leader Jonathan Pierce (281-2398,
cheshirebirder23@gmail.com).

Wed 5/24 Tyringham 7:00AM
Search for summer residents at several sites in the Tyringham Valley. Meet at the BigY on Rte.102 in Lee. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com) for additional details.

Sat 5/27 October Mountain 6:00AM
Join our annual trip to October Mountain State Forest. Meet at Washington Town Park on Rte. 8 in Washington. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com).

Sun 5/28 Hilltown Ramble 6:30AM
A search for migrating song birds. We’ll start in Windsor and make our way to Hawley Bog. Meet at Moran Wildlife Management Area, Rt.8A in Windsor. Contact Leaders Bob Wood and Holly Higinbotham (684-3724,higinbo@hotmail.com).

June 2017

Sat 6/3 South County Leaders Choice 7:30AM
Meet Kate Ryan at the Wild Bird Store on Rt. 7 in Great Barrington to explore some of the busy bird sites of the southern Berkshires. Contact Kate at (528-4355, DivinDucky@aol.com) for details.

Sun 6/4 Springside Park 7:30AM
Meet at the playground parking lot off North St. (Rte. 7), Pittsfield to look for resident songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327, Smole@berkshire.rr.com).

Fri 6/9 Picnic & Birding at Pleasant Valley
427 West Mountain Road, Lenox
5:00 PM Birding-6:00 PM Picnic

Main courses (including a vegan option) and beverages are provided. Bring a side dish or
dessert to share. Please bring your own place setting to help lighten the impact on the
sanctuary.

Sat 6/10 Steepletop 7:30AM
A day tour of BNRC’s 1,200-acre Steepletop Reserve in New Marlboro. Meet at 648 New
Marlboro-Monterrey Rd. From there, we’ll walk a 2-mile loop and then drive/walk to some of the birding hotspots nearby. Highlights include extensive wetlands and 6-year-old clearcuts. Contact leader Doug Bruce (499-0596; dbruce@bnrc.net).

Sun 6/11 Birds & Breakfast on 6:00AM Mt. Greylock
Meet at the Greylock Visitor’s Center, bird Rockwell Rd. and the summit, followed by breakfast at Bascom Lodge. Leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com).

Sat 6/24 Top to Bottom Walk 7:00AM Williamstown
June is perfect for finding active family groups, parents feeding chicks, and fledglings begging for food. We will choose an active road, meet at the top, walk leisurely to the bottom, watch and listen to all of the rich activity taking place. Location TBA. Leaders: Carrie Jones (884-2661,
carriejwilliamstown@gmail.com) and Chuck Johnson (978-505-9139,
chuckjohnson10@aol.com).

July 2017

Sat 7/8 South Stream WMA Pownal, Vt 7:00AM
Look for nesting and juvenile birds in woods and alongside pond and stream. Meet at the
Williamstown Library off the town green, Rte 7. Leaders: Marina Brodskaya (458-0309,
marinbrod@roadrunner.com) and Katharine Wiencke (458-1846, kwiencke@verizon.net

The club’s monthly meetings are suspended for the summer. They will resume in September. Field trips and outings will continue through the summer months.

Our walks and other events are greatly enhanced by our associations with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), Mass Audubon, the Allen Bird Club, and Trustees of Reservations. These organizations have similar events that may be open to the public. We try to alert you to these events in the HBC eNews (member’s newsletter).

Join The Hoffmann Bird Club
The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s premier ornithological organization. It was
established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in the county.. The club was founded under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and was named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a naturalist born in Berkshire county.
Meetings are held from September through May and are open at no charge to anyone interested in birds and bird study.
Field trips are led by experienced birders, and everyone, including beginners, is welcome. Field
trips offer an excellent opportunity to explore first hand the bountiful nature and natural history of the Berkshire region.
The Marilyn Flor Day Camp Scholarship Fund is sponsored by the Hoffmann Bird Club. Annually, the club supports scholarships for aspiring young local naturalists to Mass Audubon’s Summer Camp Program at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.
Check www.hoffmannbirdclub.org for updates and more detailed information on field trips and
presentations in this schedule, along with links to birding-related sites on the Web.
Membership in Hoffmann Bird Club is open to anyone interested in birds and bird study.
Membership runs from September through the following August. If you join after April 1, your
membership is extended through the following year.



 

 

                       

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