Spring bird walk at Weir Preserve in Wilton

Naturalist Frank Gallo of New Canaan will lead the annual Spring Bird Walk in the Weir Preserve on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Birders will meet at the preserve’s main entrance on Nod Hill Road, just north of Granite Drive in Wilton.
The walk will be held rain or shine and will last about 90 minutes. Children are welcome.  Weir Farm National Historic Site is co-hosting the event.

This free outing is timed to encounter late migrating birds, according to Gallo, who is director of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point, and is a well-known birder in New England. A recent spring walk was highlighted by a rare sighting of a female pileated woodpecker boring into a dead tree.

Limited parking is available on Nod Hill Road at the main entrance; more parking is available in the Weir Farm parking lot one-quarter mile to the north on Nod Hill Road.

The Weir Preserve is a 110-acre conservation owned by the Weir Farm Art Center, a support organization for the national historic site. Weir Farm is managed by the National Park Service. Both properties are named for J. Alden Weir, a leading American Impressionist painter at the turn of the last century, whose farm covered much of the historic site and preserve.

Questions may be directed to Bruce Beebe, preserve Stewardship Committee program chair, at 203-834-5066.