From the Friends of the Mystic River:

Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Mystic Lakes Dam. Park at the Medford Boat Club parking lot in Medford directly off the Mystic Valley Parkway. The parking lot is your first left about a half mile north of the Route 60 bridge crossing the Mystic.

Take a two-hour trip along the Mystic Lakes and the upper Mystic River to discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter, even an exceptionally cold one. Each year hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long as open water is available. We'll be looking for raptors, such as a possible Bald Eagle, Merlin or Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and Hooded Mergansers; and much more.

 Dress appropriately for the weather. In very cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant boots with tread.

Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will go in snow as long as parking is open at the Mystic Lakes. Bring a birding field guide and binoculars if possible; there will be car pooling and very limited walking from the cars.

Walk leader Paul Roberts, of Medford, conducts classes and field trips and is a frequent speaker on raptors. He is the founder of Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, an organization whose mission is to promote the study and conservation of hawks locally and on a continental scale by monitoring migration in Massachusetts.  He also is President of the Northeast Hawk Watch, and a director and former chair of the Hawk Migration Association of North America.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic River and the Menotomy Bird Club.

For more info call Paul Roberts at 781-483-4263 or email phawk254[AT] or mystic02155[AT]