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Bird Big Day Boston with Us!

Updated: Apr 17

Map of Boston with specific areas shaded in red to indicate the boundaries of Big Day Boston. The general areas shaded are Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Downtown, the Leather District, the North End, and the West End - including the Common and the Public Garden.
Areas shaded in red are the boundaries for Big Day Boston

On Saturday, May 4, the Massachusetts Young Birders will be participating in Big Day Boston. We will trek around Boston trying to find as many species as we can and we need your help! Join us for this friendly birding competition taking place from 9:30am - 4:30pm all around the City.


MYBC participated last year and saw over 25 different species of birds! We will begin our day at Copp's Hill Terrace and work our way to Paul Revere Park, North Point Park, the Teddy Ebersol Baseball Fields, The Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston Public Gardens and Commons and then towards Nashua Street Park and back to Copp's Hill Terrace! Want a T-shirt to commemorate the day? If you bring a blank tee to Copp's Hill Terrace, you can get it screen printed with the Big Day Boston 2024 logo!


In total, we will walk about five miles. We will take many breaks, stop for lunch, and have lots of snacks and water available throughout the day. For a detailed description of our walking route please see the route directions and estimated times below. For a general idea of our walking route, click here!


If you are not able to join us for the entire walk, feel free to meet up with us for portions of the journey. See the estimated times and distances between locations below for when we plan on birding in each location. We will give ourselves lots of extra time between stops because, of course, google time estimates doesn't incorporate birding time!



WHERE:

Starting at Copp's Hill Terrace - the granite plaza overlooking Commercial Street and Langone Park. We will be at Copp's Hill Terrace at 9:30 am to check-in for the event.


Location 1: Copp's Hill Terrace (meet at 9:30AM)

  • walk .6 miles to next location, about 15 minutes

Location 3: Paul Revere Park

  • walk .4 miles to next location, about 10 minutes

Location 4: North Point Park

  • walk .8 miles to next location, about 15 minutes


Location 5: Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields


We will plan to have lunch at the Teddy Ebersols Red Sox Fields around 12:30

  • walk .5 miles to next location, about 10 minutes


  • walk .4 miles to next location, about 10 minutes

Location 8: Boston Common

  • walk 1 mile to Nashua Street Park using Thoreau Path, about 30 minutes

Location 10: Nashua Street Park

  • walk .74 miles back to Copp's Hill Terrace, about 15 minutes

Location 11: Copp's Hill Terrace (be there by 4:00PM)


DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2024


TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


WHAT TO BRING:

  • Layers! It will likely be chilly in the morning but could get VERY warm in the afternoon - especially while walking and birding. Please wear comfortable clothing.

  • Binoculars if you have them - we will provide them if you do not

  • Sunscreen!

  • Bug Spray

  • Shoes for walking! We will be traversing mostly city sidewalks so please wear shoes that you are comfortable walking in. Remember, in total, we will walk about five miles.

  • Water!

  • Snacks!

  • Lunch!


PARKING: Parking is challenging in the city, but there are options! If you would like to drive in, here are parking garages that are close to Copp's Hill Terrace. Additionally, you can use the Spot Hero Website or App to identify a parking spot close by. There are also metered areas that are monitored throughout the day.


OTHER OPTIONS:

Try the T!

The Green Line will take you to North Station, which is a 12 minute walk to Copp's Terrace


To meet us along the way:

  • Paul Revere Park is a 12 minute walk from North Station on the Green or Orange Line.

  • North Point Park is an 8 minute walk from Lechmere on the Green Line or a 7 minute walk from Science Park/West End also on the Green Line.

  • Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields are an 8 minute walk from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line, or a 5 minute walk from Science Park/West End on the Green Line.

  • The Hatch Memorial Shell is an 8 minute walk from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line.

  • The entrance to the Boston Public Gardens is a 3 minute walk from the Arlington stop on the Green Line.

  • Boston Common is easily accessible using the Park Street stop on the Green Line or the Red Line.

  • Nashua Street Park entrance that we will be using is a 1 minute walk from the Science Park/West End stop on the Green Line.


Utilize Uber or Lyft!


ACCESSIBILITY: We will be walking primarily on paved sidewalks. There may be times when we need to navigate construction in the City and the way of doing so may be unpredictable. There will also be times that we may be walking on unpaved paths within each stopping point.

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