Manomet in the Field - Manomet

Thank you for your generous support of Manomet!

We are grateful for your commitment to our shared vision of building a better, more sustainable world.

As a member and donor, you make our science possible, and we want you to see firsthand how you are helping us change the world. Our biannual series of Manomet in the Field events allow you to do just that. These exclusive, member-only events are focused on education, conservation, and sustainability, and they allow you to experience our mission in action.

Space is limited and spots tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to register as early as possible. After you sign up, you will receive an email confirmation that will include additional information on meeting location, time, and other pertinent details.

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To register, please log-in below or contact Justin Barrett, Senior Manager of Development Operations at 508-224-6521, ext. 237, or jbarrett@manomet.org. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.

We hope to see you at one—or all—of our upcoming Manomet in the Field events!

All About Shorebirds

This event is now sold-out. To be added to the wait-list, email Chris Boudreaux at cboudreaux@manomet.org.

Monomoy Island, Chatham, Mass.
Monday, August 12, 2019 (Rain date is August 13)
10:00AM – 2:00PM (Exact time TBD)

Led by: Brad Winn, Director of Shorebird Habitat Management

Spend the day with Manomet exploring the dynamic and wildlife-rich outer beaches of Cape Cod as we search for southbound migratory shorebirds and those that have nested locally. We can expect to see Whimbrel, Red Knot, and a variety of other sandpipers as they rest on their journeys south into the tropics. American Oystercatchers and Piping Plovers will still be with their young after nesting on our Cape Cod sands as well. Plus, this part of the Cape is the only place on the Eastern Seaboard to routinely see Hudsonian Godwit that travel from Canada and Alaska to sheltered coves and mudflats of southern Chile for our northern winter.

As we enjoy shorebirding in this extraordinary landscape, you’ll hear directly from Brad Winn on what Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Program is doing to benefit these special birds throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for a short boat trip, wading to shore, walking on mud flats, and possible full sun exposure. Water shoes are ideal footwear. Be sure to bring your own lunch, snacks, and water, as well as a wind jacket, sunscreen, and a wide-brim hat.

We’ll be meeting and departing from a marina in Chatham, Mass. Exact location and time will be determined closer to the event and provided to those who register.

Cost: $80 (includes boat fare)

Migrant Birds & Rising Sea Levels

Plum Island, Newburyport, Mass.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (Rain date is September 5)
9:00AM – 3:00PM

Led by: Trevor Lloyd-Evans, Director of Landbird Conservation

Birding on Plum Island.

Join Manomet for a fun, daylong birding excursion to Plum Island, where we will see southbound shorebirds fattening up for the continuation of their journey to the tropics, as well as early migrant landbirds, raptors, and perhaps local breeders like Bobolink.

The Plum Island Barrier Beach System is a dynamic, seminatural system of unique importance to these breeding and migrant birds. Yet, sea level rise over the next 100 years is estimated to dramatically alter the topography. Trevor Lloyd-Evans will tell us more about what’s driving this sea level rise and how these changes can impact our feathered friends.

Be sure to bring your own lunch/snacks, water, wind jacket, sunscreen, and a wide-brim hat. And don’t forget to pack your binoculars!

Meet at 9:00AM at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center parking lot.

Cost: $20

Forests and Climate Change Hike

Ashland State Park, Ashland, Mass
Friday, October 4, 2019
8:00AM – 10:00AM

Led by: Jennifer Shakun, Applied Forest Scientist

ForestJoin Manomet for a crisp, fall morning hike around scenic Ashland State Park. Jennifer Shakun, Manomet’s Applied Forest Scientist, will lead us on a leisurely hike around the Ashland Reservoir, a 3.2 mile trail appropriate for hikers of all ages and skill levels.

As we enjoy the beautiful scenery, and with luck some foliage too, Jennifer will share her insight into how our climate is changing, what it means for our forests, and how healthy forests are one of our best tools for combating the challenge of climate change.

Park at the Ashland State Park Boat Launch located on Spring Street and we’ll pick up the hiking trail from there. The parking lot is located on the far southern end of the park. Be sure to pack water, sun screen, and bug repellent. And if you’re a birder don’t forget your binoculars there should be plenty of activity among our feathered friends.

Cost: $20

Seawatching for Manomet Ducks

Manomet Point, Plymouth, Mass.
Friday, October 11, 2019 (Rain date is October 18)
8:30AM – 11:00AM

Led by: Evan Dalton, Lead Instructor of Landbird Conservation

In mid-October, hundreds of thousands of ducks will migrate from their breeding grounds in the tundra to the coastal waters off New England. It’s an impressive sight, especially in the mid-morning hours as the number of sea-ducks passing by points along the Massachusetts coast can be staggering. You’re invited to join us for this spectacle!

Evan Dalton will have a brief presentation for us on sea-duck identification before we head to Manomet Point (one of the best seawatching sites in Massachusetts!) and put our identification and counting skills to the test.

In fact, did you know that Manomet actually got its start as both a banding station and a fall seawatching station? It’s true—our first logo featured a White-winged Scoter—and although numbers of Eider, Scoter and Mergansers have diminished from what they once were, this migratory spectacle is still impressive!

Dress warmly and bring your binoculars and/or telescope if you have them. We have a few extras for your use as well.

Meet at Manomet Headquarters at 8:30AM. After a brief presentation, we will carpool to Manomet Point where parking is limited.

Cost: $20