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Dance of the Woodcock Viewing


Please join Mount Grace and Athol Bird and Nature Club President David Small to learn about the American woodcock and view their impressive courtship dance at Cass Meadow North in Athol, MA.

Come witness one of the most spectacular dances on earth - the courtship display of the American woodcock. Normally a reclusive forest dweller, the male of this game bird species takes center stage in his springtime dance to attract a female. The male struts and calls out a nasal peent, then suddenly spirals into the air and gives a whistle-sounding call before zigzagging down. Then the show begins all over again. We will start with a display of a stuffed woodcock specimen and an explanation of the courtship dance by David Small, then hike into the meadow for the evening show.

Registration is required. You will receive a confirmation email after RSVPing with driving directions. (If you do not see a confirmation email in your inbox, your registration did not go through. Please try again.) This event is limited to 15 participants.


We will be following COVID-19 guidelines: face masks are required, and participants are asked to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other attendees. Please direct questions to Communications and Engagement Coordinator Marielena Lima.

In the case of inclement weather, the alternative event date is scheduled for Friday, April 2nd. We will inform all registered participants if the event is re-scheduled.

Sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust