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   Birds & Binoculars: A Birding Expedition    

Exploring nature and spotting wildlife 

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, @ 8:00 am (rain or shine)

Co-hosted by the Wilton Land Trust, birding expert, Joe Bear

   Are you interested in learning more about birds in your backyard? 

Join us for a spring migration bird walk at Wilton Land Trust’s Schenck's Island River Walk

The birding expedition is led by our expert birder, environmentalist, gardener, and Wilton resident Joe Bear. Our fall migration bird walk will explore Wilton Land Trust’s Schenck's Island river walk. Together, we will explore this birding hot spot that offers diverse habitats, including open fields, woodlands, edges, and swamps. 

Rain or shine, Joe will lead us on a leisurely 2-hour walk, pointing out various bird species, defining calls, explaining behaviors, and answering your questions. Whether you are a seasoned birder or new to birdwatching, come join us for an exciting adventure to witness the beauty of migrating birds in Wilton.

Grab your binoculars, water bottles, supportive shoes, tick and bug repellant, and cameras, and join us for a morning of adventure, exercise, fresh air, and learning. Please leave your furry friends at home so we don't scare off any wildlife we hope to see. 

Participants have the chance to see and observe a diverse array of avian species, such as 

indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers,  Eastern Kingbirds, a variety of Flycatchers, Vireos, and many Warbler species, including Yellow, Wilson's, Blue-winged, Northern Parula, Black and White, American Redstart, and Blackpoll. Additionally, several species of Raptors are migrating this time of year, including Bald Eagle and Osprey (the latter which nested in the Wilton Town Center for the first time this year!)

Birding & Binoculars: Fall 2023 : 

Sunday, Sept. 17 — 8:00 am (Rain or Shine)

Schenck's Island: end of Old Ridgefield Rd in Wilton.


Joe Bear has been birding for over 30 years, leading domestic and international trips for CT Audubon and other nature-based organizations. Joe enjoys sharing his passion and enthusiasm for birds, believing that, experienced or novice, there's always something new to learn every time we pick up our bins. Joe currently resides in Wilton with his wife and two kids.

The Wilton Land Trust is a community-focused nonprofit organization that conserves land, protects biodiversity, enhances ecosystems, and builds community.