Audubon Greenwich ~ Nature Programs & Special Events: Friday, March 30 – May 26, 2012

Mar 30th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Friday & Saturday, March 30-31, 2012
The 30th National Pesticide Forum ~ Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments
Two days of talks and workshops, hosted by Beyond Pesticides and co-sponsored by Audubon Connecticut. Kroon Hall (on Prospect Street, near Sachem Street), Yale University, New Haven, CT. Friday (daytime): Farm Tours  / Friday (night) Keynote Speakers / Saturday (all day): Speakers & Workshops. Open to the public.
Saturday, March 31
Bird Watching 101 – A good foundation for enthusiasts
1:00-3:30 pm
An introduction to Ornithology and the many tools & skills used in bird study. Enjoy a walk, learn how to use binoculars, practice with ID guides and other resources that make birding so much fun. $15/adult and youth are free. All ages but most suitable for adults & interested youth. RSVP required to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.
SPRING MIGRATION BIRD WALKS: At two birding hot spots in Greenwich
Saturdays: April 7, 14, 21, 28 / May 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ Meet in Audubon Greenwich parking area at 613 Riversville Road ~ 7:00-8:45 am
& Wednesdays: April 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23 ~ Meet at Fairchild Wildflower Garden Sanctuary in parking area on North Porchuck Road ~ 7:00-8:30 am
Each spring, like clockwork, a flood of Neotropical migrants like warblers, wood thrush, scarlet tanagers, and others arrive in town to either nest or feed during their migration. Come search for new arrivals each Saturday or Wednesday. Rise and shine for this annual tradition. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Some loaner binoculars are available. No charge or RSVP required. Heavy Rain cancels. Questions? Contact Ted Gilman at 203-869-5272 x230.
Saturday, April 7
Early Spring Mead Lake Hike   
2:00-3:45 pm
Join us as we circle Mead Lake at the time of spring thaw to seek out colorful tree buds, early flowers and any early emerging turtles, frogs, snakes, and insects, and returning wetland and water birds. Ages 5 & up. RSVP required to Ted at x230.
Saturday, April 14
Natural Communities of New England
With Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society
2:00-3:30 pm
Visit Audubon for a special lecture by Ted Elliman from the New England Wildflower Society. His talk will discuss the many plant associations of the region’s native upland and wetland habitats, including alpine habitats, variety of forest communities, swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens, and coastal habitats. All ages. $5-10 donation at door. RSVP appreciated to Ted at x230.
Friday, April 20
Exploring the World of Darkness Walk
8:00-9:30 pm
We will seek out emerging amphibians and insects, listen for owls and migrating songbirds, and other signs of spring wildlife activity. $5/person. Ages 8 & up. Space very limited & RSVP required to Ted at x230.  Heavy rain cancels.
Friday, April 20
Spring Wildflower Walk
2:00-3:30 pm
Come walk with us to seek out our early spring wildflowers and learn about their life histories, ecological niches and insect pollination partners. Ages 5 & up. RSVP to Ted at x230. 
Saturday, April 28
Vernal Pond Survey Hike
2:00-4:00 pm
Hike to the Old Pasture Trail to examine vernal pools and look for evidence of breeding wood frogs and spotted salamanders.  Ages 7 & up. RSVP to Ted at x230. 
Saturday, May 5
Birding Class – Birding By Ear  
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Indoor discussion of how and why birds vocalize, introduction to useful bird sound recordings and outdoor walk to practice Birding By Ear skills. $15/adult and youth are free. All ages but most suitable for adults & interested youth. RSVP required to Ted at x230.
Saturday, May 5
Springtime Moonlight Walk
7:45-9:15 pm
Join us as we seek out the sights, sounds, and smells of a moonlit spring evening visiting field, pond, forest, and lake in search of wildlife. We will also listen overhead and look up at the moon in search of silhouettes of night-flying springtime bird migrants. $5/person. Ages 8 & up. Space very limited & RSVP required to Ted at x230.  Heavy rain cancels.
Sunday, May 6
Greenwich Point – an International Crossroads of Bird Migration
1:30-4:00 pm
As part of the “First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center”, join Audubon at the newly renovated Innis Arden Cottage, located on Greenwich Point when we discover how many different types of songbirds, hawks, and waterbirds that use the habitats of Greenwich Point for nesting, wintering, or a migration rest and refueling stop. Check website for RSVP details.
Thursday, May 10
Saving The Cahow & Bermuda’s Other Seabirds: With David B. Wingate
7:00-8:30 pm
In 1951, when fifteen years old, David B. Wingate helped rediscover the Bermuda Petrel, called the Cahow by Bermudans. This bird was thought extinct for 300+ years. To save the Cahow and other endangered native birds, he began his life’s work in 1963 – restoring as much as possible of Bermuda’s pre-colonial ecology. All ages. $10/adult. Youth are free. RSVP appreciated to Jeff at x239.
Saturday, May 19               
Birding Class – Wood Warblers and other Neotropical Migrants   
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Introductory talk and field walk to learn characteristics, adaptations, and behaviors of these colorful springtime migrants, as well as identification tips, and resources for continued study.  $15/adult and youth are free. All ages but most suitable for adults & interested youth. RSVP required to Ted at x230.
Saturday, May 26
Birding Class – Birds in their Habitats
9:30 am-12:00 pm
We will focus on how particular bird species are linked with particular habitats, how each bird species uses its habitat and how this ties in with Audubon’s Important Bird Areas and Audubon at Home programs on habitat preservation. $15/adult and youth are free. All ages but most suitable for adults & interested youth. RSVP required to Ted at x230.
Saturday, May 26  
Turtle Time with Ted Gilman
2:00-3:30 pm
Learn about turtle natural history, nesting behavior, how to help protect turtles, and meet some of our local turtle species. Then enjoy a guided hike to Mead Lake in search of nesting turtles.  All ages. RSVP to Ted at x230. 
Members: Adults $3.00/Children and seniors: $1.50
Non-members: Adults $5.00/Children and seniors $3.00
(Program fees include admission to the Center and Grounds):
For updated news about special events, newsletters, and a printer-friendly calendar of events, visit us online at:
For a printer-friendly Nature Program Calendar can be found here:
Download the Spring 2012 “In Flight” newsletter from Audubon Greenwich –
‘Nature Store Newsflash’
Visit the Nature Gift Shop – Great Books & Toys for All Ages!  Dozens of clearance items await! Find the perfect gift for the nature lovers in your life, while supporting Audubon’s conservation programs. So come for a hike and shop for unique a gift for someone special in your life.
  • Children’s Books, Toys, Puppets – HUGE SALE
  • Nature Guide & Garden Books
  • Bird Feeders, Poles & Seed
  • Holiday Cards & Tree Decorations
  • 2012 Calendars (Wall & Appointment)
  • Kitchens Items & Window Thermometers
  • Nature-inspired Jewelry and much more!
(*Sale excludes seed & suet)
Audubon Greenwich’s Nature Store Hours: Tues-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m./ Sundays 12-5 p.m. / Store Closed Mondays
Weekend Volunteers Wanted:
Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, selling goods and collecting admission. No experience needed but good customer service skills are required. Contact Gigi Lombardi to learn more at 203-869-5272 x223.
The Kiernan Hall Nature Arts Gallery is located inside the Kimberlin Nature Education Center. Stop in anytime from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Saturday and from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Sundays. To visit during other hours, please call the Center Director for an appointment.
For more information about current and past exhibits, visit the Audubon Greenwich Nature Art Gallery website:
~Audubon Greenwich & The Kimberlin Nature Education Center (613 Riversville Road, Greenwich)
~Fairchild Wildflower Garden (North Porchuck Road, Greenwich)
~Gimbel Sanctuary (Sherwood Avenue, Greenwich)
~Oneida Drive Sanctuary (Oneida Dr. & Indian Harbor Drive, Greenwich)
~Mildred Caldwell Sanctuary of Walden Woods (Bible Street, Cos Cob)
~Wood Duck Swamp (Carissa Lane, Greenwich)
For locations and trail maps, see “Walking Trails in Greenwich and Surrounding Areas” available in the Audubon Nature Store. Also, see the maps located in the Kimberlin Audubon Center lobby. View the list of Audubon Greenwich Sanctuaries online.
Members: No charge
Nonmembers: Adults $3.00/Students & Seniors $1.50
(Please pay in the store)
For a list of all Audubon Connecticut centers and sanctuaries, click here:
Audubon Greenwich
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
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