Shorebird lecture Aug. 30 at Joppa Flats

David Larson photoA Hudsonian Godwit.

NEWBURYPORT  — David Larson, science and education coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats, will present a slide program and lecture, “Shorebirds in Migration” on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. This program is open to the public, appropriate for all ages, and free to Mass Audubon’s members; the nonmembers’ fee is $4. No preregistration is required.

If you’ve noticed small birds running or flying along the beach, you’ve seen some species of shorebirds, but not all of them. Plovers, sandpipers, yellowlegs, willets, godwits, and dowitchers are all shorebirds. They appear in the spring and fall along the New England coast, but they nest in the Arctic, and many winter in South America. Throughout Larson’s presentation, you’ll learn about shorebird habits and how to tell them apart, and why they aren’t “just baby gulls.”

Larson, who holds a doctorate degree,  has been leading local birding trips for Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats since 2002. His experience as a birding and natural history guide extends across North and Central America as well as to several countries in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

 Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at

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