March 21, 2017 jamie

Birding Beyond Your Backyard 2017 Trips

“Birding Beyond Your Backyard” is designed for beginning birders who would like to expand their birding knowledge. The Hoffmann Bird Club partners with local conservation groups and knowledgeable birders for sponsorship of the BBYB trips. Please contact the trip leader with questions.

These walks will help take you from feeder birds (blue jays, chickadees) to the birds of field and forest. Can’t tell a robin from a crow? No shame – we’ll show you how we do it. After just one walk you’ll amaze your friends with cheap birding tricks!


June 2, 2017, Friday, Lanesboro, BNRC’s Constitution Hill, 7 am

Join the Hoffmann Bird Club and Berkshire Natural Resources Council at BNRC’s Constitution Hill, Lanesboro, for a stroll at this promising birding site. We’ll walk wood roads and mowed field paths; footing is good and there are moderate elevation changes. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack.

Meet at the BNRC parking area at the end of Bridge St. in Lanesboro. Contact Doug or 413-499-0596 with questions.

June 3, 2017, Saturday, Richmond, BNRC’s Hollow Fields, 7 – 11am

Join BNRC (Berkshire Natural Resources Council), the Richmond Land Trust, and the Hoffmann Bird Club at Hollow Fields. The bird of the day is the grassland-nesting bobolink. This colorful, charismatic songbird is locally common, but you have to know where to look! Every hour on the hour, we’ll set out on a slow stroll to find the bobolink. Come any time; stay all morning, if you like. Terrain is mowed grassy paths. Bring water; we’ll supply donuts!

From the intersection of Routes 20 and 41 in Pittsfield: south on Route 41 for 2.5 miles to a right on Perry’s Peak Road. 0.4 miles on Perry’s Peak Road to the last red barn, left side of the road. Contact Doug or 413-499-0596 with questions.

June 4, 2017, Sunday, Monterey, Bidwell House, 9 – 11am

Join the Hoffmann Bird Club, DCR Service Forestry, and Berkshire Natural Resources Council at the Bidwell House in Monterey! This walk is all about birds of the upland forest: we’ll walk the trails through Bidwell’s 200 acres of beautiful hemlock-hardwood forest. Footing is good; very moderate elevation changes. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and a snack.

Meet at the Bidwell House: Route 23 east from Great Barrington to Monterey. In the center of Monterey Village, turn left on Tyringham Road. After 1.5 miles, turn left on Art School Road and follow for 1.0 miles to the Bidwell House. Contact Heather at or 528-6888 with questions.