November 30, 2022

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council To Hold Bird Walk at Hunts Mills

Event planned on October 9th in East Providence with nature guide from Audubon Society

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The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is collaborating with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the East Providence Historical Society to hold a guided bird walk for the public to view local and migrating bird species.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mills Road in Rumford, RI. Located along the Ten Mile River, this historic and peaceful park features trees, gardens and a well-marked 0.8 mile nature trail that loops around a picturesque waterfall, fish ladder, house museum, and decommissioned water driven dynamo and pump house.

Participants (age 12 and up) will be guided on the one-hour walk by an Audubon Society naturalist to look for resident and migrating songbirds as well as waterbirds. Everyone is encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars. The walk is weather-dependent.

“Perhaps we can see an American Robin, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and hopefully a duck or heron on the river along the walk,” states Lauren Parmelee, senior director of education for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. “Those are the most common birds, but we’re also hoping for some migrating warblers, flycatchers and vireos.”

Fee for the walk is $5 for Audubon Society and East Providence Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. Advance registration is required by emailing www.msolis@asri.org  or visiting the informational Bird Walk landing page.

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Established in 1985, the award-winning Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is a regional tourism office encompassing a 240-mile region in the northern part of Rhode Island. It encompasses the cities of Pawtucket, Central Falls, East Providence and Woonsocket, and the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield, and North Smithfield. Thanks to the Council’s many partners and collaborators, the Blackstone Valley is considered one of Rhode Island’s most significant visitor destinations – a region where communities have become attractive places to live, work and visit. The Blackstone Valley is a major arts destination, a place to relive our country’s great industrial heritage, and home to many dining establishments, parks and open spaces, waterways, bike paths, recreational facilities, and cultural and historic attractions. The Council is headquartered in a Visitor Center located at 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI, featuring a giant floor map showing the entire Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor, museum-style exhibits and a free 20-minute movie covering the history of Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Websites: www.BlackstoneValleyTourismCouncil.org  and www.TourBlackstone.com;  Phone: 401-724-2200.

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