The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is collaborating with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the East Providence Historical Society to hold a guided bird walk for the public to view local and …
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is collaborating with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the East Providence Historical Society to hold a guided bird walk for the public to view local and migrating bird species.
The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mills Road in Rumford, R.I. Located along the Ten Mile River, this historic and peaceful park features trees, gardens and a well-marked 0.8-mile nature trail that loops around a picturesque waterfall, fish ladder, house museum, and decommissioned water-driven dynamo and pump house.
Participants (ages 12 and up) will be guided on the one-hour walk by an Audubon Society naturalist to look for resident and migrating songbirds as well as waterbirds. Everyone is encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars. The walk is weather-dependent.
“Perhaps we can see an American Robin, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and hopefully a duck or heron on the river along the walk,” states Lauren Parmelee, senior director of education for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. “Those are the most common birds, but we’re also hoping for some migrating warblers, flycatchers and vireos.”
Fee for the walk is $5 for Audubon Society and East Providence Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. Advance registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the informational Bird Walk landing page.