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. 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. 

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. Commonly, birders pull their socks up over the cuffs of their pants, to reduce skin exposure.

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.

What ages can participate?

A parent or guardian must accompany participants under 18.

How many participants should I expect on a trip?

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