New birders welcome on TAM walk

BEGINNING BIRDERS GATHER in Middlebury’s Wright Park to learn the ropes from local bird experts. With open scrubland and forest, the park is the perfect location to view a wide variety of birds and hear their songs Photo courtesy of Otter Creek Audubon Society.

MIDDLEBURY — Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to take part in a beginner’s bird walk through Wright Park, a segment of the Trail Around Middlebury, on Saturday, June 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. The annual event, returning from a hiatus due to the pandemic, is hosted by the Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) and Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT). 

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 shrubland then leads into a forest, passing the evidence of former 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 the Otter Creek, and the rich diversity of trees and ferns. Along the way local naturalists will offer a station with a discovery activity. There will even be a “trail appropriate” snack available for hungry hikers.

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 the Wright Park parking lot north of Pulp Mill Covered Bridge. (Go northwest from the Middlebury Green on Seymour St., then just before Pulp Mill Covered Bridge turn right on Seymour St. Extension to the parking area at the end.) The walk will go rain or shine, but if you have questions please call (802) 989-7115.

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