Friday, May 8, 2015

12 Reasons to Go Birding Over the Next 12 Days

12 Reasons to Go Birding Over the Next 12 Days (besides the fact that we have some of the best birders in New England as our leaders).  

By the way, the small fees we charge are even less if you are a member, so join today.

Also, you won't see the bird in the photo!

1. Sugar Brook Wildlife Management Area Bird Walk. Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. Andy Reznikiewicz leads the search along the Quinebaug River. Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, Pine Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers expected. Carpool from the Center at Pomfret or meet at the Sugar Brook parking area. $7 members; $12 non-members. Info here.

2. Bird Banding at Birdcraft. Saturday, May 9, 7:30 - 8:45 a.m., 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. With Judy Richardson and the Birdcraft bird-banding team. $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Call for reservations at 203-259-6305 ext. 109. Or click here.

3. Hidden Gems: Bird Walks in Milford area parks. Saturday, May 9, 7:45-8:45 a.m. Warblers, vireos and more at Wilcox Park with Frank Gallo. $9 per walk ($7 CAS members; $5 seniors). 203-878-7440 x 502 to register and for directions. Coastal Center webpage.

4. Barn Island. Saturday, May 9, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Our EcoTravel team heads to Stonington and the 1,013-acre Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. Members $65. Nonmembers $75. Info here.

5. Mother's Day Bird Walk. Sunday, May 10, 8 a.m. Center at Pomfret. We'll look for Bobolinks and Scarlet Tanagers. $5 members; $10 non- members. Mothers Free! Info here.

6. Trail Wood Bird Walk. Wednesday, May 13, 8 a.m. With Andy Rzeznikiewicz. Expect to find Hooded Warblers!  Cost: Members free; $5 nonmembers. Trail Wood Sanctuary, Hampton. Click and scroll.

7. Earle Park/Center at Glastonbury Bird Walk with Larry Lunden. Thursday, May 14, 7-9 a.m. Members free, non-members $8. Pre-register at 860-633-8402. Info here.

8. Thursday Morning Bird Walk with Miley Bull, May 14. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Center at Fairfield/Larsen Sanctuary, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Free.

9. Wood Warblers of Cockaponset State Forest. Thursday, May 14, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. An EcoTravel trip led by Andy Griswold. Cockaponset is the second largest state forest in Connecticut, encompassing over 16,000 acres. Should be a busy morning of warblers, vireos, thrushes, and more. Members $75/Nonmembers $85. Info here.

10. Fifth Annual 20 Warbler Day. Friday, May 15, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Center at Pomfret. Led by Andy Rzeznikiewicz. The peak of warbler migration. We will travel to numerous locations in our search. Twenty one species were spotted last year. Call to register. $15 members; $30 non-members. Info here.

11. Airline Trail Bird Walk. Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. Center at Pomfret. Led by Andy Rzeznikiewicz. Explore the linear trail from Pomfret Town Hall south. Worm-eating warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Canada Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler are possible nesters. Meet at the Center at Pomfret. $7 members; $12 non-members. Info here.

Wednesday, May 20
12. 90-Bird Day (9th Annual) Wednesday, May 20, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Goal: to hear or see at least 90 species by day's end. Visits to many locations within a 10-mile radius. Bring lunch and drinks. Cost: $20 members; $35 non-members. Must call to register. Info here.

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