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Winter birdwalks set in Canaan Valley

January 5, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Do you want to know what is visiting your bird feeder or have you been thinking that you'd like to start birding? Come now and learn our finches and other common winter resident birds. Then, as birds come in the spring, your list of things that you can successfully identify by sight and/or sound will grow. Join the growing group of Americans who passionately enjoy this form of outdoor recreation.

Volunteer Casey Rucker will lead a "Winter Birds" Walk beginning 8 a.m. Saturday at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center. On Sunday, join Rucker for a Winter Birding Snowshoe Discovery Tour leaving from White Grass Lodge at 10 a.m.

Rucker is an enthusiastic birder with years of experience. He has led bird walks at the Refuge, the state park and at Seneca Rocks. He has birded in many areas across the United States.

Both programs are free and will last about two to three hours. Participants should dress warmly and wear comfortable snow/waterproof walking boots. Bring binoculars or use a pair of ours. Carry water if desired.

Walks may be canceled with extremely poor weather conditions.

Walks are co-sponsored by the Refuge, White Grass and the Friends of the 500th.



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