Massachusetts Spring Hawkwatch Sites

Barre Falls Dam, Barre Falls

Recently discovered by Bart Kamp, Barre Falls has the potential to be a very good site. From the east, take Route 2 west to Route 68 south in Gardner. Follow Route 68 through the center of Hubbardston to Route 62 west. Follow Route 62 west about 3 miles to the entrance to Barre Falls Dam on the left. About a half mile down on the left is an unpaved parking lot, which is the hawkwatch site. Restrooms can be found further down the road, next to the picnic area.

Pilgrim Heights, Truro

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch and with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, conducts a hawk watch at Pilgrim Heights in Truro.

The hawk watch officially runs from April through May, during the peak migration.

Directions: Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail to the second overlook.

For more information, please contact Melissa Lowe at 508-349-2615 or

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport

Directions: From Interstate 95 take exit 57 for Route 113 ( Newburyport). Travel east on Rte 113 (which becomes Route 1A in Newbury) for a distance of 3.5 miles to the intersection with Rolfe’s Lane (there is a traffic light at this intersection) Take a left onto Rolfe’s Lane and follow to the end of the road which terminates at a stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign. This is the Plum Island Turnpike / Water Street, the only access to Plum Island. Follow the Plum Island Turnpike until you go over the Sgt. Donald Wilkerson Bridge. After you have crossed the Bridge, take your first right. This road will lead you directly to the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

The watch is conducted from the first parking lot (Parking Lot #1) on your left after you enter the refuge. Observers will be there (unless there is inclement weather) on most weekend days, and some weekdays as well, during the months of April and May.

For more information and/or to be placed on the Plum Island hawkwatch mailing list, please email the site coordinator, Craig Jackson -

Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, 2007
To contact EMHW, email
EMHW, PO Box 663, Newburyport, MA 01950
updated 07/18/2006