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Christmas Bird Count at NBS

Saturday, December 15th
(7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

*FREE - Pre-registration required. Space for only 5 people.

Join NBS Educators as we canvas the property to count as many bird species as possible.  As a part of a larger Newport-Westport effort, participants will brave the cold to continue a conservation tradition started on Christmas Day in 1900.  Christmas Bird Counts help us to understand changes in winter bird populations over time.

Registration is required; please dress warmly and bring binoculars.

Recommended for experienced birders.

 
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Winter Rarities Ecotour

Saturday, January 5th
(6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

$70 Members, $80 Non-members

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region. Coastal New England is known for large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months. The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so participants have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants. 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, January 12th

 
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FIRESIDE SERIES
Birdwatching Through the Ages: From Victorian Natural History to eBird

Thursday, January 10th
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

In Victorian times, bird enthusiasts studied these amazing animals up close—which unfortunately meant stuffing specimens as “study skins” or taxidermy. NBS Educator Rachel Holbert will offer a rare guided tour of the Sturtevant Collection of Birds of Rhode Island from 1899, as we learn about the role of modern natural history research collections.

Today, NBS staff promote reporting bird sightings to eBird, an online citizen science project, to track the distribution of birds using the Sanctuary at different times of the year. During the past 5 years, thousands of NBS sightings have been submitted. NBS Educator Matt Schenck will share what we have learned from this valuable data set. This will be a cozy, fire-side lecture with complimentary light refreshments.

Recommended for adults.

 
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January Owl Prowl

Saturday, January 26th
(5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
$12 Members, $14 Non-members

Don’t miss this final owl prowl program for the winter season! Chilly winter nights are the perfect time to listen for local owls vocalizing as they move around the sanctuary. Learn how to ID owl species by sight and call before heading out on the trails. The group will listen for wild owls on a short hike. Participants will return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet NBS’ Barred Owl Animal Ambassador up close!

Rain Date: Saturday, February 2nd
Recommended for ages 6 and up

**MEMBERS ONLY REGISTRATION UNTIL JANUARY 2**
PLEASE CALL THE WELCOME CENTER TO REGISTER. (401) 846-2577 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

General registration opens January 2nd.

 
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FIRESIDE SERIES
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.

 
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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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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sunday: December 16th
(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.


MOBILITY STATEMENT

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.