This past Saturday, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land trust collaborated to hold a Beginner’s Birding walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. 35 people of all ages attended, some borrowing our binoculars, split into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and former MALT Executive director, Josh Phillips. The groups headed out on three different paths, all converging on the Quest goal birdhouse where we enjoyed snacks and people were invited to leave messages for future questers. We also took side trips to a table manned by OCAS Education Committee head, Carol Ramsayer who had bird study skins for us to examine. Of course we all looked for birds and other wildlife along the way, highlights being a Yellow Warblers, Belted Kingfishers, singing Veery and Wood Thrushes, and neat tracks in the mud below the crooked bridge. It was a very enjoyable morning for all involved.

If you missed it, you can take a self-guided tour of Wright Park using the Quest booklet found in the mailbox at the Seymour St. Exd. entrance of the Park. And of course beginners are always welcome to join us at our monthly wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Check our Calander of Events for dates and times.

– Ron Payne

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