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

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Pre-K Spring Story and Stroll Series

Wednesdays: March 13th & 27th, April 10th & 24th, May 8th & 22nd
(1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)
Pre-registration: $5 per program (includes 1 child and 1 parent), $2 per additional child
Walk-in registration: $8 per program, $5 per additional child

Parents and preschoolers! Join NBS educators for a fresh spring series of nature stories geared toward the youngest visitors. Each week a story will complement a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails. This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

Pre-registration is recommended as this program fills up quickly.

Recommended for ages 1-5 years.


Woodcock Walk

Saturday, March 23rd
(7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$8 Members/ $10 Non-members

Witness the American Woodcock’s fascinating “sky dance” mating display on a twilight walk through the woodland-bordered fields and learn more about the special adaptations of this elusive woodland shorebird. The woodcock’s aerial acrobatics is a reminder that spring is on its way!

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain Date: Saturday, March 30th

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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.

Complimentary wine, beer, and dessert will be served.

Appropriate for adults 21+

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Eyes on Amphibians

Sunday, April 28th
(2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
$8 Members/ $10 Non-members

With warm weather and spring showers bringing out the salamanders, there is no better time for some amphibian exploration!

Learn from live amphibian Animal Ambassadors up close and find out which species can be found in Rhode Island before hitting the trails on a naturalist-guided hike in search of frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as their eggs in the pond, stream, and vernal pools.

Some rocky terrain on this hike route makes this an intermediate difficulty level. This program is rain or shine.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

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Spring Migration Ecotour

Saturday, May 18th
(6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
$70 Members / $80 Non-members

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Hop into the ‘Bird Van’ and hit the best birding hot spots throughout southern New England. Your birding guides plan the day trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare spring migrants.

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, May 25th

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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: March 3rd & 17th & 31st, April 14th & 28th
(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.