Spring migration is here, and if you have ever though about birding, May is the perfect month to start. The warming weather brings a wide variety of neotropical migrants to our area. These colorful songbirds include warblers, tanagers, vireos and many more.
For a beginning birder on your own, this season can be overwhelming. But if you hit the trails with a helpful Audubon expert, a pair of binoculars, and a field guide, you can become an enthusiastic birder in no time.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will be offering free birding walks every day of the month in May. “Not only will you get help identifying these beautiful creatures, but it’s also a great way to meet other folks that share the same interests,” says Laura Carberry, Audubon naturalist and expert birder. “It’s a wonderful hobby for all ages.”
The following is a list of birding events in our area, but there are many more available if you are willing to travel throughout the state. Visit asri.org to see a complete schedule of walks, and to complete the registration, required for all events. Note that while the daily walks are free, some of these other events do carry a fee.
Tuesdays: Morning walks at Swan Point
Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 8 to 10:30 a.m.; Free.
Saturdays: Spring migration at Roger Williams Park
Departs from the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 9 to 10 am; Free.
Sunday: Bird walks at Caratunk
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave., Seekonk,; May 4, 11, 18, 25; 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Free.
Birds and Breakfast at Caratunk
What better way to celebrate the arrival of neo-tropical migrants than with a morning bird walk and breakfast at Caratunk?
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk; May 17; 8 to 11:30 a.m.; Cost: $12/member adult, $6/member child; $18 non-member adults/$9 non-member child.
Spring Birding in the City
Discover birding habitats along the Woonasquatucket River within the city limits of Providence!
Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St., Providence; May 10; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
Join Audubon and witness bird banding, where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds in order to record their movements.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol; May 25, June 22, July 13, August 17; 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.; Cost: $6/member adult, $4/member-child; $8/non-member adult, $6/non-member child.