On May 25, 2016

Bird-nerd alert! Expert-led spring bird walk open to public

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The early bird nature walk this Saturday gives the opportunity to see a wide variety of feathered friends, possibly even bald eagles.

Saturday, May 28 at 8 a.m. — ORWELL — The birds of spring are the focus of the annual early bird nature walk on Saturday, May 28 at 8 a.m., at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Bird expert Sue Wetmore of Brandon leads the walk to help you find and identify these birds.

Many birds fly through the Lake Champlain corridor on their way to their summer homes. You might see anything from the smallest birds to a majestic bald eagle. Every year the group tries to spot and add a new species to the list of birds seen on Mount Independence.

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. No pets, please.

Meet in front of the Mount Independence museum. The fee is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes a museum visit after the walk. The site opens for the season on Saturday, May 28, and will be open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 10.

Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved and most significant Revolutionary War archaeological sites in the country. It is also known for its wealth of natural resources, and has six miles of walking and hiking trails. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.

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