Merrimack Valley Bird Club

The Merrimack Valley Bird Club has been exploring the Merrimack Valley and North Shore of Massachusetts since 1948. We are a welcoming club that is open to all who have an interest in birding the northeast Massachusetts area. New members are welcome. Bring binoculars and/or spotting scope if you have them!

Executive Committee

  • President - Donna Cooper

  • Treasurer - Champa Bilwakesh

  • Secretary - Mike Timko

  • Recording Secretary - Bill Headley

  • President Emeritus - Evelyn Retelle

MVBC is a member of the Association of Massachusetts Bird Clubs.

Membership information can be found here

Contact birdclub.merrimackvalley@gmail.com for other information about the club!

If weather impacts a walk, members will be notified by email and the website updated. If in doubt, check with the Club President (978-944-0655).

Check out our Facebook page here.

Browse our Christmas Bird Count records for several years.

Found a place you’d like to share for a bird walk?
If you are willing to lead an exploratory walk in a new location, send a suggestion for a date/time to birdclub.merrimackvalley@gmail and we’ll share it with the members. Interested members will be directed to contact you and it will be up to you set it up and lead the walk.

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Spring News

Spring is on it’s way and we are delighted to announce our walk schedule starting May 1. Because of the pandemic, this season we will have a few new rules.

We will follow CDC guidelines:

  • Masks will be required of all participants.

  • No walk will require carpooling. Some walks have been modified to remove the requirement for carpooling.

  • Carpooling to walks will be discouraged but is at the discretion of the riders.

  • Snacks will not be shared. Please bring a snack (coffee, tea, water, and trail bar, etc.) for yourself.

  • Times of walks will be shared for the first two walks only at this time. We will observe the number of participants at the first two walks and make changes to the schedule for future walks if needed. We will share start times at least a week in advance.

Other news:

Club dues are due in May. Unpaid members may be dropped from the mailing list when we do a review of the list after May 31.

At the end of May we will hold our annual club meeting. You are encouraged to think about leadership and if you would like to nominate someone for an office, please inform Lou Keller who will be on the nominating committee.

Winter Check-in - President's Message

The winter holidays have come and gone and we are all looking forward to some winter birding if we are able. The Harlequin Ducks are at Rockport and this is a winter of finch irruptions. Hopefully people are able to see some Common Redpolls, Red and White-winged Crossbills, and maybe even those elusive Evening and Pine Grosbeaks. There has even been a Varied Thrush at feeders in Sudbury. If you can get out safely I encourage you to try to find some of these special winter birds.

The Christmas Bird Count was a success in the Andover Circle despite having to do the count in small/solo teams. We had a greater than usual number of people doing feeder watches - many of them new to CBCs. Hopefully we can keep these new folks involved in the future.

I am hopeful that we will be able to start our group walks again when spring arrives. I look forward to birding with the club and seeing many of the familiar faces, and maybe some new ones!

Please stay safe, wear a mask, and sign up for vaccinations when you are eligible.