State of the Birds ‘Walk and Talk’ workshop series begins Sept. 19

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Region – Massachusetts Audubon has announced the upcoming release of the first-ever State of the Birds report for Massachusetts. This document will include the latest trends and information pertaining to the hundreds of bird species which regularly appear in the Bay State, as well as their conservation status.

Several of the state's longest-running bird monitoring programs, including the Breeding Bird Atlas, Breeding Bird Survey, and Christmas Bird Count come together to paint a richly detailed picture of changing bird populations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The State of the Birds will be released to the public this month, September 2011.

In conjunction with the release of the much-anticipated report, Massachusetts Audubon's Shaping the Future of Your Community program is running a special walk-and-talk series this fall. Take a guided bird walk through one of the sanctuaries with an expert local birder; then sit down with Massachusetts Audubon staff to discuss some of the report's most interesting findings and important recommendations. The events include a bird walk Monday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by pizza and a discussion from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. Saturday, Sept. 24, a bird walk will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Attleboro Springs, followed by bagels and a discussion from 10 to 11 a.m. Finally, Saturday, Oct. 1, a last bird walk will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Moose Hill, followed by bagels and a discussion from 10 to 11 a.m.

The events are free and refreshments are included. Free of charge. To RSVP or for more information, [email protected], call 1-781-259-2146 or visit http://web.massaudubon.org/site/R?i=lRVc_8imx1OVvmTVeL8QAA.