Bird watching for the lazy in Wellesley

Birds at Wellesley College science library

If you’re one of those people who likes to get up early, strap binoculars around your neck and prowl around looking to see who’s tweeting, then the Wellesley Conservation Council can accommodate you: It has guided bird walks slated for the next 4 Sundays at 9am. Or check out the goslings on the Wellesley College campus, as this Tweeter points out:

However, if you’d rather just stay in bed on Sunday mornings and look at birds, then browse on over to the Wellesley College Ravencam and check out how the birds atop the Wellesley College Science Center are faring. Or perhaps read Wellesley High grad and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s book, “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind.”

And if you’re somewhat in between — you don’t mind getting out of bed but you don’t exactly want to get mixed up in nature — then find an excuse to go inside the Wellesley College Science Center, which is something of a natural history museum as well (the public is welcome to visit the library there, but isn’t encouraged to randomly roam the halls of the school building, where hundreds of students and faculty are working).

The library itself features some very cool stuffed birds, and the walls of the hallways on the way to the library include glass cases with birds from Wellesley and the surrounding area. There’s even a penguin, and some non-birds, like a Koala and Buffalo head.

We paid a visit to the Science Center a couple of months back and found the insides of the building — which actually comprises four buildings — worth a look. One interesting observation is that many of the objects in glass cases are numbered, so that they can be packed away and then kept track of when the building undergoes a big renovation starting in 2017 as part of Wellesley College’s campus-wide renewal program.

Penguin Wellesley Science Center

Wellesley College Science Center bird display

Wellesley Science Center bird

Bison head wellesley college science center

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