About the Club

The Massachusetts Young Birders Club (established by young birders in 2014) joined forces with Manomet Bird Observatory in 2018. Now, the Club has three coordinators that help Club members plan birding trips, bird activities, socials, and events. The coordinators make sure club logistics are running smoothly by communicating with parents, Club members, our volunteer guides, and local community groups.

We are currently recruiting Club members and bird walk guides!

Our hope is that Club members will eventually have the largest say in how the club is run, what kind of events we hold, etc. This is a club by young birders for young birders.

A bright Magnolia Warbler singing in a tree in spring.
Magnolia Warbler by Evan Dalton

Meet the Coordinators

Jeremy Spool

Western MA Co-Coordinator
Jeremy is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UMass Amherst with a PhD in Zoology studying bird behavior, hormones, and the brain. Since he began birding for work and for the love of it in college, Jeremy has spread his love of birding to friends and family, and leads local Bird-a-thon and participates in Christmas Bird Count teams. Jeremy has a great deal of experience working with youth. In 2010-2013, he managed a volunteer team for EBAYC in Oakland, California, which runs afterschool programs for underserved youth. From 2014-2017 he joined Young Science Scholars, a program that pairs graduate students and elementary school teachers to enhance science lessons in classrooms.

Kit Straley

Western MA Co-Coordinator
Kit is a graduate student at UMass Amherst, studying how Wood Thrushes use human-disturbed forest patches to nest and raise their young. She has worked with age groups ranging from kindergartners to adults, and led explorations of the natural world with environmental education programming through organizations like Mass Audubon.
She teaches Ornithology at UMass and leads students in the field to discover a love for birds, and to develop a sense of stewardship for the habitats that support them. Kit also leads a territory in the Northampton Christmas Bird Count and volunteers at a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) station as a bird bander.

Evan Dalton

Eastern MA Coordinator
Evan has been a student of nature for as long as he can remember. He majored in biology at Earlham College, where he studied herpetology and ornithology. Evan earned his M.S. studying Wood Thrushes in western Massachusetts, and has worked in field jobs ranging from capturing iguanas in the Bahamas to radio-tracking overwintering American Oystercatchers on the gulf coast. An NABC certified bird bander, Evan now works at Manomet Bird Observatory in Plymouth, MA where he helps supervise a migration banding operation. An avid birder, Evan has led bird walks for over 15 years. He enjoys teaching birders (of any skill level and age) all about bird identification, vocalizations and ecology.

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