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Love nature? Middlebury bird walk is this Saturday

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MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) and Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) are once again inviting nature enthusiasts of all ages to take part in their annual beginner’s bird walk through Wright Park, a segment of the Trail Around Middlebury. T

his year the popular walk takes place this Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. until about 11 a.m. 

Walking through Wright Park is a pleasant way to enjoy a summer’s day and to sample the diverse natural landscape of Addison County. The route begins in a managed shrub land then leads into a forest, passing the evidence of beaver activity. Walkers will enjoy their exploration in small groups led by local expert birders. There is much to explore: an unusual footbridge, woods filled with birdsong, the peaceful banks of Otter Creek, and the rich diversity of trees and ferns.

Along the way local naturalists will offer stations with short discovery activities and opportunities for sketching. There will even be “trail appropriate” snacks available for hungry hikers. Come away from the morning with a surprise gift and fond memories of a morning spent in nature.

Walkers may bring binoculars or borrow a pair from OCAS. The walk is family-friendly and suitable for all ages, but not appropriate for strollers or wheelchairs. Meet at 9 a.m. at Wright Park parking lot north of Pulp Mill Covered Bridge on Seymour St. Extension. The walk will go rain or shine, but if you have questions please call 802-989-7115.

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