RTPI Offers Bird Walks for Beginners


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Roger Tory Peterson Institute

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute will host a series of outdoor bird walks for beginning birders from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings starting April 13.

Spring migration is underway and the dawn chorus is beginning in our area. Many bird species are busy proclaiming that spring has sprung, which means that it is time for weekly bird walks at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. The spring series of bird walks kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13 and continues on successive Wednesdays throughout the spring. Each one-hour Wednesday bird walk is designed for beginning birders and led by Craig Thompson, former Vice Chair of the Audubon Council of New York State.

“These outdoor forays will show participants how to identify common local birds by sight and sound using the acclaimed Peterson system,” Thompson stated. “Each program will feature a timely theme, beginning with “The First Sounds of Spring”.”

All of the bird walks at RTPI are open to the public and free of charge. Registration is required by 5:00 p.m. the day before each bird walk and spaces are limited. To register, or for more information, please visit RTPI’s website (https://rtpi.org/programs/weekly-bird-walks/) or call 716-665-2473. Participants are urged to dress for a short hike along the sanctuary’s gentle trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bird guides or binoculars are not required but will be helpful. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.

Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s work, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a leader for the study, exhibition and nurturing of art that matters to the planet. Through world class exhibitions and programs, RTPI illuminates the beauty of nature; challenges us to confront environmental issues of regional, national and global concern; and inspires us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity – with a particular emphasis on the natural area wonders of Western New York.