Calling All Birders!

September 2, 2017

Mass Audubon is calling all birders to take a brief survey designed to collect information on:

~The different types of birding activities you engage in

~Your familiarity with environmental issues affecting local and global bird populations

~Your understanding of the impacts associated with these conservation issues

~Your familiarity and engagement with conservation actions that can help mediate these impacts

To take this survey, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZHCD3HX

Your responses to this survey will help develop educational materials that build on birders’ familiarity with conservation issues, and that are relevant to birders’ current levels of engagement with certain conservation actions. By taking this survey, you are helping to develop materials that will be effective and applicable to your fellow birders.

Thank you for helping with this important project, and for all you already do to help support birds and those of us who work to understand and protect them.


Studying bats at Mount Auburn  

August 2, 2017

Have you seen any bats at Mount Auburn? Where have you seen them? I’m Chris Richardson, a professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division at Lesley University. I am a physiological ecologist, and am currently studying the energy cost and immune response of bats who are fighting White Nose Syndrome in the spring, when they are trying to reproduce. Together with several undergraduate students and Regina Harrison, Executive Assistant at Mount Auburn, I have been investigating bat species and their activity at the Cemetery, looking for information to help us identify the location and presence of bats in this incredible urban ecosystem. (more…)

Butterflies and Dragonflies

July 25, 2017

Please join Jeremiah Trimble, Curatorial Associate, Ornithology, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as seen in the video below, on Wednesday, August 16th at 10AM for a leisurely walk around Mount Auburn exploring habitats from pond edges to wildflower patches, in search of the various types of butterflies and dragonflies.  Sign up today! 

Join us for A Nighthawk Watch at Washington Tower in 2017!

July 24, 2017

The Nighthawk is a member of the nightjar family which include the Whip-poor-will. All members of this family are rather cryptic in color with tiny bills and huge mouths. Join us for a Nighthawk Watch this summer at Washington Tower:

Nighthawk Watches

Nighthawks on Tues. 8/22 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Wed. 8/23 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Tues. 8/29 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Wed. 8/30 at 5:45

The flight of the nighthawk is unmistakable as it wheels erratically chasing insects. The Nighthawk nests most often on open cultivated fields, gravel beaches, rocky outcrops and burned over woodlands.  It is also well known to nest on flat gravel roof tops especially in cities. Locally birds have nested in a number of different places in Cambridge and Somerville as well as the Back Bay and South End sections of Boston. The roofs of many of these buildings have been converted to rubber and are no longer appealing to the nighthawks. (more…)