HCT Hosts Birding for Beginners Program on Sunday

A red-winged blackbird perches on a cat tail near a pond in East Montpelier, Vt., Monday, June 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

HARWICH – With lots of bird song and activity in the air, spring is a great time to practice your birding skills.

Sponsored by the Harwich Conservation Trust, join Todd Kelley at HCT’s largest preserve, the 66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich Port, for a “Birding for Beginners” workshop.

The workshop takes place along HCT’s Bluebird Trail of nestboxes that host bluebirds, tree swallows, and other songbird species.

Learn how to recognize and identify birds by sight and sound.

Distinguish telltale field marks such as the size and shape of their bills, body size, wing shape, flight patterns, and general behavior as well as their plumage.

Also learn to decipher the habitats that particular birds prefer as Todd teaches how to interpret bird tracks and sign.

The event takes place on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a rain date on Monday at the same time.

The cost to participate in the program is $15 and more information on how to register can be found at harwichconservationtrust.org.

The Harwich Conservation Trust is an active partner in the process of setting aside conservation land while supporting creation of environmentally sound affordable housing and protection of our historic treasures.

HCT conserves land to protect the very qualities that shape the shared, special place known as Harwich.

HCT seeks to preserve Harwich’s quality of life by protecting priority lands because it is the smart, practical, necessary thing to do for ourselves, our families, our town, our region.

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