Celebrate the Year of the Bird. Spring Walks at Minute Man National Historical Park

American Woodcock photographed at Minute Man NHP by Jay Dia
American Woodcock in Minute Man NHP

Jay Dai

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News Release Date: January 17, 2018

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-318-7833

Concord, MA.  Minute Man National Historical Park will be joined by the Brookline Bird Club for a series of spring birdwalks to celebrate the diversity of birdlife  at the park during 2018, the Year of the Bird. All walks are free and meet along the historic Battle Road Trail and battlefield.  Walks are presented by Volunteer In Park, Kathy Dia.  Kathy is a seasonal employee of Mass Audubon for whom she leads public and school programs, and a volunteer Vermont Center for Ecostudies for whom she is a breeding bird monitor in Minute Man NHP.

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. These walks are co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club, one of the nation’s oldest and most active bird watching clubs.

Woodcocks of Minute Man National Historical Park
Thursday March 29 (rain date April 5), 6:45-7:45 pm
Meriam's Corner parking lot. 737 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.

In case of bad weather please contact Kathy Dia 617-480-5103 on program status.
The American Woodcocks are regular visitors to the fields of Minute Man NHP each spring. Listen and watch for this unusual bird's "sky dance" or courtship display. Note that this is an evening walk!

This walk requires limited walking (about 100’) on a short boardwalk and paved trail. Children attending should be able to stand still and observe quietly. 

Spring Migrants of Minute Man National Histoical Park
Sunday May 20, 10:00-11:30am
Hartwell Tavern parking lot. 136 North Great Road, Lincoln MA.

In case of bad weather please contact Kathy Dia 617-480-5103 on program status.
Watch for beautiful and fascinating migrating birds that visit Minute Man on their journey north, as well as species that breed in the park as they begin to nest.

This is a one mile walk on both paved paths and wooded dirt trail. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear suitable footwear for possibly muddy trail. Children attending should be able to stand still and observe quietly.

Nesting Birds of Minute Man National Historical Park
Sunday June 10, 8:00-10:00 am
Hartwell Tavern parking lot. 136 North Great Road, Lincoln MA.

In case of bad weather please contact Kathy Dia 617-480-5103 on program status.
Explore the nesting bird species of Minute Man NHP. We will look for the beautiful nests of orioles, tanagers and others, and watch for adult birds feeding and raising their young. Leader will bring a scope for close-up views of birds.

This is a one mile walk on both paved paths and wooded dirt trail. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear suitable footwear for possibly muddy trail. Children attending should be able to stand still and observe quietly. 

The 5 mile Battle Road Trail, a signature feature at Minute Man National Historical Park, has become a major focus of historical programming and recreational use since its completion in 1998.  The trail runs from Meriams Corners in Concord, through to the Ebinezer Fiske house site on the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington.  The trail runs through the battlefield where 700 plus regulars marched to Concord on the morning of April 19, 1775 and while on their return to Boston, encounter minute and militia companies from adjoining towns and engaged in a “running battle” all the way to Boston.

To learn more about this and other park offerings of Minute Man National Historical Park and the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, The Wayside, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Minute Man Visitor Center at 2A, Lexington, MA, or contact Minute Man National Historical Park at (978) 369-6993, or visit www.nps.gov/mima.   
  
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Last updated: January 17, 2018

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