New England Coastal Birding Adventure

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00am to Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
Plum Island, MA to NH and Wells, ME
Join Friends of the IBA as we travel to some of the top birding spots along the New England Coast to see hundreds of native birds at some of the Northeast's most pristine and spectacular coastal habitats. Last year's species total was 93, yet our pace was leisurely. We're hoping to break 100 for this trip!
We'll spend a full day a the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Mass.  This special place is a natural "hot spot" for thousands of migrating warblers and shorebirds, and we're planning this trip for peak viewing! The island's six miles of protected coastal marshes, sandy beaches, dunes and woods provide ideal habitat for a diversity of bird species, including endangered piping plovers and threatened grassland birds. Tour road offers plenty of pull-offs for viewing birds in fields and ponds, with trails through various habitats.      
We'll also visit top birding sites in New Hampshire and Maine, and with only 18 miles of coast in NH we won't spend a lot of time driving. We'll visit the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine and a nearby estuary and trails on our second full day. This area is a preferred stopover for thousands of migrating shorebirds and many other species. Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH is only a few miles from our hotel in Portsmouth, where we'll spend the second two nights. Its mix of shore and brushy habitat attracts a wide variety of birds and we're looking forward to exploring this site!