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It's Migration Madness Big Weekend Bird Challenge! May 18, 19, 20!

Events include:

The Big Year (2011 film)
Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Kick off the weekend with the fun film, The Big Year (2011), a big birding comedy starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. Based on the nonfiction book by Mark Obmascik, three competitive birders with widely differing life circumstances crisscross North America on a quest for a Big Year – to see who can see and identify the greatest number of species of birds in a calendar year. Mayhem ensues. If you’re not a birder already, this film may change your life.
Admission is free, but please register.
Great Meadows Bird Walk
Saturday, May 19, 7 a.m.
Meet Larry Lunden & Michelle Eckman at the Center to carpool to the site join us to learn about this state-designated “Important Bird Area” in the Connecticut River watershed. Limit 20 participants.

Bird Walk for Beginners
Saturday, May 19, 9-11 a.m.
New to Birding? Come see what you’re missing. You’ll learn to identify the songbirds at the Center’s busy feeders, go for an easy walk in Earle Park to see what birds we can find, and learn about resources to improve your birding skills. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

Sketching Birds Workshop
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In this workshop, Jan Prentice will guide you through the essential skills to accurately sketch birds. You will have the opportunity to practice with the Glastonbury Center’s bird mount collection and then with a live guest, Buddy, our Broad-winged Hawk! Previous drawing experience is helpful.

Register to reserve your seat and to learn what you’ll need to bring.

Where Is Your Walden? Two Great Ponds with Dr. Robert Thorson, author of The Field Guide to Walden Pond
Saturday, May 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
“Great Pond” was an old legal term for a body of water exceeding ten acres. Concord’s Walden Pond received a distinctive name; Glastonbury’s Great Pond, did not. Though they are alike in many ways, they have very different flood hydrology and ecology, with Great Pond’s being more interesting and richer, respectively. Professor Thorson’s slide lecture and reading will use Great Pond in Glastonbury as a literary foil for Thoreau’s Great Pond in Concord. This will segue into his question “Where’s Your Walden?” His answer will emerge from having written the first ever Guide to the world’s most famous Great Pond. Q&A will follow. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing as a fundraiser for The Connecticut Audubon Society.

Through The Lens – Family Nature Photography
Sunday, May 20, 12-2 p.m.
Connect with nature through the lens of your camera and see the world from a different perspective. This fun experience is open to kids ages 8-14 and their favorite adults. Craig Norton will give a short instructional session in the Nature Center; then we will venture out into Earle Park to be inspired by the beauty we find. Any device with a camera is welcome and no experience is necessary.