Join veteran Mt. Washington birder Julian Donahue on a free beginner’s bird walk for Alliance members on Saturday morning, April 14, 9-11 a.m. Emphasis will be on learning how to recognize and identify our local birds. Space is limited, sign up now! April is the most exciting month for local birds, as winter visitors prepare to depart, spring migrants pass through on their way north, and summer visitors begin arriving to set up housekeeping. We will look for lingering winter visitors like the dapper White-crowned Sparrow, colorful warblers on their way north, and watch for the first arrivals of Black-headed Grosbeaks and Hooded Orioles. And we won’t ignore our permanent residents, including the striking but secretive Spotted Towhee, the animated Bewick’s Wren, and the rare Wrentit, a chaparral specialist only recently rediscovered on Mt. Washington after an absence of 12 years. No experience necessary, but binoculars are mandatory. Ages 6 to senility. Wear hat and comfortable walking/hiking footwear; bring water if that’s your custom. No dogs. Easy to moderate walking at a slow birder’s pace; elevation gain/loss about 250 feet, on paved road and dirt trails. Rain cancels.
Sign up by e-mailing Julian at Julian.Donahue@