Mahoosuc Land Trust offers bird walks in ‘year of the bird’

BETHEL — Mahoosuc Land Trust will offer two new opportunities to get outside, get moving and enjoy the outdoors as the Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology teamed up to officially make 2018 the Year of the Bird.

In recognition of this distinction, MLT is offering a series of bird walks. Get to know the local birds by joining James Reddoch, trust member and birding enthusiast Saturdays, May 5 and 19, at 8 a.m., Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road. Through this bird walk, members are hoping to document all of the bird species on Valentine Farm. Experience is not required, and there are binoculars available for use. The walk will be along a flat, gentle trail with good access to water, field and forest habitats.
If bees and pollinators are more to your liking, consider joining the effort to create a pollinator garden at Valentine Farm. This gardening effort is part of Mahoosuc Land Trust’s plan to develop Valentine Farm as a center for nature study and outdoor activities. A two-part gardening course on the basics of pollinators and designing beneficial gardens is being offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, May 14 and 21, at Valentine Farm. All are then welcome to help plan, plant and maintain the garden during weekly work nights throughout the season.
Class participation is not required to volunteer in the garden. To learn more and to register for the class, call Mahoosuc Land Trust at 207-824-3806.