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The Friends of Ellisville Marsh have invited birding enthusiasts to join them for an outing on May 13th at Ellisville Harbor State Park.
Ellisville Marsh hosts a rich diversity of bird species and has been designated by Mass Audubon as a Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA). Its adjacent beaches include nesting areas for threatened shorebirds such as Piping Plovers and Least Terns that are protected during the summer months. Early May is a great time to see migrating birds on their stopover to nesting grounds in the far north as well as birds that nest around the marsh or on the barrier beach.Brad Winn will again be our expert guide for this outing. Brad is Director of Shorebird Habitat Management at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and a member of the Friends’ board of directors. He has participated in fourteen research expeditions to Arctic shorebird breeding areas in Alaska and eastern Canada. The Friends’ Spring Bird Walk will meet up in the parking lot of Ellisville Harbor State Park (not the Shifting Lots parking lot!). We will investigate the perimeter of the marsh, tidal flats, barrier beach and inlet, spying on migrating and nesting birds in each habitat. Bring binoculars or spotting scope and dress for the weather. This event will be held unless heavy rain or lightning is forecast. Attendance is limited to fifty persons.
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