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Discover migrating spring birds in Shelly Nature Preserve


May 1, 2013

THOMPSON, PA — Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve will host its two annual bird walks on May 11 and May 18. Dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike will explore the woods, fields and wetlands of the 400-acre preserve as they identify birds by sight and song.

On Saturday, May 11 at 6 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his 26th annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among birders, this walk focuses on migratory birds. The excursion often lasts the entire morning and covers a wide area of the preserve.

On the following Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 a.m., Evan Mann, a local birder and amateur naturalist, will conduct a leisurely walk around a smaller area of the preserve. Besides identifying birds that are nesting in the preserve’s diverse ecological niches, Mann will discuss the habits of the various species spotted.

The two walks begin at the preserve parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. The trails may be wet, so wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars. For further information, contact Andy Gardner, 570/727-3362.