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Beginners and Backyard Birders Welcome! Celebrate birding and help protect land. Would you like to help ACRES and practice your birding skills? Bird Blitz is back! You can count birds either as an individual or on a team, on any open ACRES preserve, dawn to dusk, from Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, June 8. Registration …

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Ahoy, bird-lovers! Did ya bird blitz with ACRES last week? If you were perched in a preserve, binoculars fervently scanning the canopy, the brush, or waterside for a tail, a flutter, even a hint of feathered frenzy, you were not alone. Logo by Yonder Clothing Co. 76 volunteer backyard birders and life-long bird watchers pitched …

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Celebrate the preserves and have fun helping ACRES track bird species. You’re invited to count birds, either as an individual or on a team, on any ACRES preserve from June 3 – June 9. Register here: acreslandtrust.org/birdblitz by Friday, May 18. New for 2018 New to birding? If you’re looking for pointers before blitzing, enjoy a Birding for …

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74 participants have registered for ACRES’ first ever Bird Blitz! Pledge your support online HERE. 74 Bird Blitzers! That’s many teams, families, duos and individuals who will be counting birds all day long on Saturday, June 3, on ACRES preserves throughout our 32-county service area. (You can read more about Bird Blitz here) Many registered Bird …

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While spring has not yet officially sprung, the preserves are already increasingly active. Spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom and wildlife is returning. As hikers do the same, they’re capturing images and video of the hullabaloo. Enjoy these sights and sounds of early March from ACRES preserves across our region. Skunk cabbage in bloom at …

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By Fred Wooley Early September, I saw my first-of-the-season Red-breasted Nuthatch, one of my favorite birds.  Red-breasted Nuthatch by Dave Fox Diminutive compared to our more common year-round White-breasted Nuthatch, the Red-breasted is also set apart by its rusty-red chest and distinctive eye stripe and the fact that it spends a bit more time on branches than the …

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