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Cape Cod Birding Classes at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Colorful harlequin ducks are just one of many Cape Cod  species
Colorful harlequin ducks are just one of many Cape Cod species
I Robinson

As winter begins to ease its grip on the Cape, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is hoping to draw people back outdoors with a series of classes on bird identification and natural history. For extra fun, local carver Roger Jenks will teach a bird ornament–making workshop.

Learn birdwatching skills before the migrant flocks arrive
Starting March 9, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary’s Birds A–Z: Alcids and Auks to Zone–tailed Hawks, will get you ready for a spring filled with birdlife. Don’t even know what auks or alcids are? That’s ok. This is the place to learn to enjoy the variety of Cape Cod birds.

Ospreys, ducks at woodcocks on Cape Cod
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is also offering three other chances to learn about birds. On March 19 enjoy Name That Duck with Sanctuary staff, who will help you separate your scaups from your scotors and introduce you to the many ducks found in Barnstable Harbor.

On March 25, enjoy an evening in Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary fields where woodcocks perform their mating dance as the skies grow dark. You can be the judge at this avian version of So You Think You Can Dance.

On March 10, be introduced to the Cape’s thriving osprey population, back from the brink of extinction. The story of these fish eating hawks is so fascinating you may be enticed to adopt a nest and help monitor an osprey family this year.

Learn bird ornament carving at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Noted bird carver Roger Jenks will lead this class on March 12. Learn the start to finish process of carving bird ornaments and go home with a carving knife to continue honing your skills.

Birds A – Z: Alcids and Auks to Zone–Tailed Hawks
Wednesdays March 9–30
6:30 – 8 pm. $36/members $44/non-members includes a free birding program or $10 off a trip to Cuttyhunk.
A love Affair: Ospreys and Cape Cod Thursday March 10,
7 pm FREE
Bird Ornament Workshop Saturday March 12
9 am – 3 pm $40/members $45 non-members
Name That Duck Saturday March 19
10 am – 12 pm $6 members/ $8 non-members
So You Think You Can Dance Friday March 25
6:15 pm $6 members/ $8 non-members

Register with Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary:
345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid MA
Phone: 508–362–7475 Email:


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