Upcoming bird walks and Green Up Day Initiative

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative, a collaboration between the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association and the Rockingham Conservation Commission, invites the public to participate in three spring bird walks. Join Peter Bergstrom, local birding enthusiast, Saturday May 4, May 11, and May 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bellows Falls Historical Society’s Riverfront Park and Trail System along Mill Street. Mill Street looks like a driveway where it starts on the Square between the Flat Iron Exchange and Moutainside Tattoo. We will meet at the parking lot on the left below Adams Grist Mill. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will walk if there is light rain, but if there is heavy rain, contact Peter to see if the walk is still on.

The May 4 bird walk will be followed by a cleanup effort in recognition of Green Up Day at the Riverfront Park. Greening up will start at 10 a.m. We will meet at the parking lot at the end of Mill Street, just outside the wastewater treatment plant gates. For this activity, please wear long pants, gloves, and boots for tick and ivy protection, and if possible, bring rakes, garden carts, or wheelbarrows. We’ll provide the green trash bags. All of the filled bags will need to be brought back to the parking area for pickup. Please dress for the weather; Green Up day occurs rain or shine!

On May 11 and 18 at 10 a.m., Peter will lead a walk south along the riverfront trail that we are developing from the wastewater plant to Paper Mill Road in Westminster, and we could continue from there up the Saxtons River and through the Basin Farm, and back to Bellows Falls on Forest Road. Parts of the trail are uneven so wear suitable shoes or boots. The walk will start at the parking lot at the end of Mill Street, just outside the wastewater treatment plant gates.

For more information, contact Peter Bergstrom at pwbergstrom@gmail.com or call or text him at 802-289-3271.

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