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Birding Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in Boston

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

JOIN THE MA YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB TO FIND SOME EARLY SPRING MIGRANTS!

Top: A Red-tailed hawk sits up straight, dark eyes surveying the surrounding woods. Photo by Jeremy Spool.
Above: One Common Loon and two Red-throated Loons bobbing on gray waters. Look at the size difference between the Common Loon (in the back) and the two Red-throated Loons in the front! Photo taken by Cory Elowe.

Join Mass Young Birders at Belle Isle Marsh for a morning of birding at Boston's largest remaining saltmarsh, and catching up with other young birders!

In March, waterfowl migration is fully underway as ducks and geese are making their way north. Hopefully the marshy habitat at Belle Isle will provide a great opportunity to see some of these birds stopping for a rest before continuing their journeys. This winter has been so mild, we've already been seeing Grackles and a few Red-winged blackbirds around, so we may get lucky with some unexpected surprises!


WHERE: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation 1399 Bennington St., East Boston, MA 02128


WHEN: Saturday, March 4th, 9 AM - 11 AM. Gate to the parking lot opens at 9 AM.


WHAT TO BRING: We will be by the ocean, which means things could be windy. Be prepared with lots of layers as it is March in Massachusetts and that could mean freezing temperatures, snow, or a beautiful 60 degree day. We will keep checking the weather as we get closer to the event date.


ACCESSIBILITY: This event is free. We will be walking the green trail highlighted on the attached map, which is about a .6 mile loop. Paths are packed gravel around the loop. We will be accessing viewing points using boardwalks as well as taking a moment to use the lookout tower on-site, which we will need to climb a number of steps to reach the top. There are no bathrooms at Belle Isle Marsh Reserve.


Registration is required for this free event. REGISTER HERE.



We're excited to see you there!



Your MYBC coordinators,

Jeremy, Evan, and Clare

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