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! (Free or pay what you wish to help support our programs.) We also hold workshops for landowners and other events as well.

Please Note: RSVPs for weekend outings MUST be received before 5 pm on the Friday prior to the outing. Thank you!


Hawk Migration Watch & Talk

Join U.S. Forest Service Biologist Dave King to learn about the migration of hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures and other birds from the spectacular viewpoint of on the Mt. Holyoke Range. On Sunday, September 18 from 11 am - 1 pm, bring your best binoculars and your eagle-eyes to spot the soaring raptors. Learn about hawk and raptor behavior, life cycles, and conservation efforts to protect migratory birds. 

Space is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration required: Email 


Walk & Talk: Ancient Stories in Stone

On November 12 from 1pm – 3 pm, join geologist Michael Williams to explore the fascinating, ancient stories that geology can tell us about the land we see today. 

Massachusetts has been called the "three-continent state" because it was formed by large pieces of at least three of today’s continents. One of the major boundaries occurs in Leverett, between an ancient volcanic complex and a terrane that was once attached to Africa!

We will explore the Cave Hill Conservation Area in Leverett and look at evidence for ancient volcanoes and continents colliding. We’ll also enjoy the seasonal streams, cliffs, and spectacular views of fall in New England. Co-sponsored with Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.

Space is limited and RSVP is required to This event is free, though donations are welcome to support both Kestrel Land Trust and Rattlesnake Gutter Trust. 

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