photo credit: Kristin DeBoer

Outings and Events

Kestrel holds monthly outings to help you explore the Valley. These are open to the public: Just sign up so we know you’re coming! (Suggested donation: $5 per adult participant). We also hold workshops for landowners and other events as well.

Here’s a list upcoming events: (Details will be added below as they become available.)



May Outing: Our Migratory Birds

As spring comes back, so do the birds! On Saturday, May 10, come out to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at one of two different outings. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., take an easy walk in the grasslands of the Conte Wildlife Refuge in Hadley with our resident bird expert Dave King. Or, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., explore the woodland birds of the Mineral Hills in Northampton with Marcia Merithew. The terrain is moderate, with some short steep areas and some potentially wet sections, so please wear appropriate footwear. Whichever outing you choose, bring your binoculars, a bird guide, and your eagle eyes. (Heavy rain cancels.)

Please RSVP to learn the meeting locations to or call 413-549-1097 by 4 p.m. Friday, May 9. Suggested donation: $5 per participant.

Happy Birding! 




Land Steward Corps: Bird Box Building


Kestrel Land Trust’s newly formed Land Steward Corps will be holding its first event on: Tuesday, April 29, from 9-12 in Amherst. We will be building song-bird boxes for the birds of the Pioneer Valley. No experience is necessary. If you have your own hammer and hand saw, please bring them as we will not be able to provide everyone with tools. If you are interested in joining the Land Steward Corps for our first workday, please RSPV by emailing our volunteer leader Shirley Griffin at
Thank you! 



April Outing: Exploring Vernal Pools

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the prolonged cold temperatures, the date for this outing has been moved one week later. Come explore the vernal pools teeming with life at Fitzgerald Lake with expert and educator Brandon Abbott on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s a short, easy walk, and a great family outing. Brandon will bring equipment for us to observe frogs, salamanders, and other fascinating organisms that rely on these temporary forest pools. Waterproof boots recommended! Please RSVP to or call (413) 549-1097 by Friday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

Think Spring!

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