Tipping the Scales: Sea Turtle Research & Reptile Citizen Science

Thursday, February 7th
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Reptiles may be amongst some of the world’s most misunderstood animals. Join NBS Educators Meghan Davies and Mark Pagliarini as they discuss past field research experience with reptiles, ranging from sea turtles to snakes and alligators, and discuss citizen science projects, highlighting a few local reptile hot spots.

Learn about the innovative and exciting ways scientists are gathering data on these incredible animals, some ways that anyone can contribute to ongoing research, and gain the knowledge and tools needed to go explore the reptilian habitats and observe the different reptile species that Rhode Island has to offer.

This will be a cozy, fire-side lecture with complimentary light refreshments.

Recommended for adults.


Connecticut River Eagles Ecotour

Saturday, March 2nd
(6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

$70 Members, $80 Non-members

This year, Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Ecotour series returns to the banks of the Connecticut River as we seek out Bald Eagles.  These majestic birds winter in large numbers along rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and are consistently reported along the lower CT River.  Let us do the driving as we keep our eyes out for adult and juvenile Bald Eagles on ice floes, searching for fish and scavenging opportunities. This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes a small amount of low-impact walking.

Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!

Recommended for adults & mature teens of all birding levels.

Rain Date: Saturday, March 9th

2-8-17 Mark and Micah 3.jpg

Evening with the Raptors

Friday, April 12th
(7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
$30 Members, $35 Non-members

Spend a cozy evening by the fire in Mabel’s Studio meeting Norman Bird Sanctuary’s resident Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl up close while enjoying wine, beer, and dessert. Proceeds will directly support the care of these non-releasable wild birds. This special program is offered only once a year, and is a perfect after-dinner outing.

Wine, beer, and dessert will be served.

Appropriate for adults 21+

bird walk binocs.jpg

 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: January 20th, February 3rd & 17th, March 3rd & 17th & 31st
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Free, No Registration Required

Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants.

All birding levels welcome.
No registration required. Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.


NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days. Please be aware that only registered participants will be notified if a program is cancelled.