Enjoy the Winter Wildlife Around Buzzards Bay

Buzzards BayBOURNE – The Buzzards Bay Coalition has recommended 15 places to check out this winter to spot wildlife, explore on ski or snowshoe, and simply enjoy the peace of the season.

Gooseberry Island is a prime birding destination near the entrance to Buzzards Bay.

Visit the island in winter to take a gander at all sorts of waterfowl, or simply enjoy a walk in the quiet season.

Haskell Swamp, a state wildlife management area provides habitat for species like white-tailed deer, coyote, and wild turkey.

The wide woods roads offer easy traveling on foot, but be aware that there are no trail maps or signs here, so this area is best for those who are more comfortable exploring.

The trail at the Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts of East Over Reservation crosses a small stream and unique wetland.

These protected sections of water are a haven for wintering birds.

In the summer, Horseneck Beach is one of the busiest spots on Buzzards Bay, but in the winter, the crowds dissolve, leaving a vast expanse of beach that’s perfect for long walks at sunset.

New Bedford’s extensive beaches are considerably quiet during the winter months.

Enjoy the solitude and the views of New Bedford Harbor, Butler Flats Lighthouse, and Buzzards Bay from Fort Taber while searching for shorebirds and seashells.

In the summer, Falmouth’s Old Silver Beach is popular with swimmers and sunbathers.

In the winter, the beach population shifts to dog walkers and beachcombers, as well as explorers.

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