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On Saturday, June 17, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust held our annual beginning birder’s walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. Beginning birder’s of all ages, many equipped with OCAS’s binoculars, broke into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and former MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were a Merlin zooming over the parking lot as we get started, an up-close look at some Veerys, and two groups seeing a usually elusive Black-billed Cuckoo. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Saturday, June 25, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust held our annual beginning birder’s walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. Twenty-four beginning birder’s of all ages, many equipped with OCAS’s binoculars, broke into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and former MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips Read the rest of this entry »

Last Saturday, OCAS and MALT held our annual beginning birders walk at Wright Park. With around thirty people of all ages in attendance, we broke up into three groups led by Josh Phillips, Ron Payne and Craig Zondag, and headed out along different trails around the park. On our way we did our best to spot birds, listened to bird songs, and pointed out the various bird habitats we were moving through. All paths crossed at the Wright Park Quest goal box where we were treated Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Beginning birders

On Saturday, June 15, over 50 people of all ages participated in a beginning birders walk at Wright Park in Middlebury, a joint event held by OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust. Participants broke up into three groups led by OCAS Board members Ron Payne and Craig Zondag, and former MALT executive director, Josh Phillips taking various routes around the Wright Park trail system. Along the way we looked for both live birds and wooden bird silhouettes seeded along the way by Craig. Some of the species seen Read the rest of this entry »

A young quester starts on her trek

The second annual Wright Park Quest Walk was held on Saturday, July 7, again showcasing a unique side trail that winds its way to the banks of Otter Creek.  Nine OCAS members set up six stations – providing Quest walkers the surprise of coming upon a variety of hands-on activities along the trail.  All the stations were new this year so repeat Questers had different opportunities for discovery. Milkweed plants were examined, revealing a newly hatched Monarch caterpillar.  Another station provided binoculars to search for Read the rest of this entry »

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