2020–2021 Hoffmann Bird Club Field Trip 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 Due to the coronavirus, monthly meetings will be conducted online. Notifications will be sent via the HBC eNews to all members. Please feel free to share the link with anyone interested in joining us. As usual, our meetings are FREE and OPEN to everyone interested in birds.
Field Trips: 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.
Important Trip Tips
- 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, our website, Facebook page, or contact leader(s) for updates.
- If you are taking a trip where some details are TBA, contact the leader by phone or email or check eNews for more details as the date nears.
- The trips listed in this guide are those confirmed at press time in August. During the year, other walks may be offered. Check for additional trips and events in HBC eNews or on our website at www.hoffmannbirdclub.org.
General Guidelines while birding during the Corona Virus Pandemic:
No carpooling, except by people in the same household
Face coverings are to be used at all times
Keep physical spacing to 6 feet or more
No sharing of optics
Nighthawk Watches – August 2020
Bring your own chair and physically distance yourself from other people by at least 6 feet, more if the space allows.
Please pre-register for the Canoe Meadows location. The other locations do not require a pre-registration, since there is plenty of room to physically distance your lawn chair.
Times will be approximately 5:30 – 7:30 pm
North County – 8/24 Monday thru 8/28 Friday –Meeting at the Spruces (former trailer park on Route 2, you’ll see a pair of white lions on columns, east of the Colonial Shopping Center). The Spruces is along the Hoosic River. – Coordinator: Chuck Johnson, Carrie Jones and/or Audrey Werner
Central County – 8/24 Monday thru 8/31 Monday – Canoe Meadows off Williams Street, Pittsfield. Coordinator: Tom Tyning
South County – 8/25 Tuesday – Baldwin Hill, Egremont – Coordinator: Rene Wendell
South County- 8/26 – 8/27 Wednesday, Thursday – Howden Farm, Sheffield – Coordinator: Greg Ward
Leader records all nighthawks, other birds, and other natural history observations (Monarchs, other insects, flowers, et al) sending a final report to eBird and to Hoffmann Bird Club (via Tom Tyning)
Century Run – September 11, 12 or 13’th
Choose a day for yourself and count bird species for as little or as long as you’d like! This event is usually held during spring migration, but we will try it for fall migration this year! You could treat this like a “Big Day” to try and see how many species you can observe in 24 hours, or see if you can see 100 bird species in our wonderful Berkshire County!
You don’t have to keep track of the number of birds seen, just the species. Submit your list to Coordinator Jonathan Pierce by emailing a species list, attaching the Excel spreadsheet from our website, https://hoffmannbirdclub.org/trip-reports/ or copy a list submitted to eBird. If it is raining most of this weekend, then we will do this the following weekend on September 19-21.
75th Bartlett Hendricks Memorial Waterfowl Census
Sunday 11/1/20 – Pre-registration required
This event is an annual census of Central Berkshire lakes and wetlands. This year, it will be limited to groups of 6, plus 1 leader and 1 co-leader, pre-registration only. All groups will follow the same traditional route, but have different start times of 7 am, 8 am and 9 am. Everyone must pre-register by October 1. In order to provide continuity in data collecting for this census, it is first open to past participants. Any remaining openings will be “first come, first serve”. No one will be allowed to join the group on the day of the count. Since optics cannot be shared, only folks that can bring their own scope will be participating. Coordinator: Tom Tyning