Audubon offers bird walks for all

MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon Society and Middlebury Area Land Trust on Saturday, June 21, will once again offer an all-ages beginning bird walk in Middlebury’s Wright Park.

Small groups led by experienced naturalists will follow the Quest Trail, an offshoot of the Trail Around Middlebury. The park’s varied habitats, from shrubland to maturing forest to the banks of Otter Creek, give great opportunities to see and learn about birds. Walkers will listen for birdsong, watch for nesting behaviors and enjoy whatever natural wonders come along. This year, thanks to Al Stiles and the Rotarians, the rebuilt “crooked bridge” will give hikers an additional trail segment to explore. Happily, there will still be the traditional snack stop along the way.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars from home, or borrow a pair from OCAS. The walk is family-friendly and suitable for all ages, but not appropriate for baby strollers. The group will meet at 9 a.m., rain or shine, at the Wright Park parking lot north of Pulp Mill Covered Bridge on Seymour Street Extension. The walk ends by about 11 a.m. For more information call 989-7115.

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