Field Trip Information

Should I RSVP for field trips?

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. Trips may be limited in size. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there are occasional changes in the trip schedule. You can use our contact form to RVSP. Contact the leader for updates.

What should I bring?

Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and bring binoculars (if you have them).  All trips end before lunch unless they specifically address the plan for lunch. 

How do I learn about trip cancellations and changes?

The eNews is a digital newsletter sent to Hoffmann Bird members via email. Trip reminders, trip reports, trip changes, and items of interest to our birding community are distributed to club members. Members may email to check if they are on the current mailing list.

For trips listing the date or time as “TBA” or “to be announced”, the leader will decide the details as the trip date approaches, depending on the weather and bird scouting.  This information will be sent to members through the eNews, or you can contact the leader.

Additionally, our live calendar provides up-to-date information about changes and cancellations!

Weather policy

We prioritize safety for our members and the birds we observe. As such, we have established a weather policy to ensure our trips are conducted responsibly. In the event of steady rain, heavy snow, or other suboptimal conditions, trips will be canceled. However, if conditions are on the edge (such as light/intermittent rain), trips may continue at the trip leader’s discretion. In the event of a cancellation due to weather, we will make every effort to notify our members promptly. Depending on timing, this may include notification via email or on our Google calendar. If a trip is canceled, we will make every effort to reschedule it. The decision to reschedule will be made by the trip leader based on factors such as weather forecasts and the availability of members.

Are ticks a concern in Berkshire County?

Multiple tick species are prevalent throughout the Berkshires, and you may encounter them during outings. View CDC guidelines on preventing tick bitesremoving ticks safely, and common tick-bite symptoms. Birders commonly pull their socks over the cuffs of their pants to reduce skin exposure.

What ages can participate?

We welcome new and seasoned birders of all ages. However, a parent or guardian must accompany participants under 16.

How many participants can I expect?

Trips vary in size but generally are a dozen or less. Some trips may have strict caps on the number of participants.

For safety reasons, our policy stipulates that all trips will occur only if at least three people participate, including the leader.  So invite a friend to come birding with you.

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