Beavers, Bird Calls, And Brilliant Bugs

Family-friendly Nature Walk

Sun. Jun 4

10:00 am


12:00 pm

2 miles


Join Avalonia naturalist Bruce Fellman for a special family-friendly exploration of two adjoining refuges, which are among the Conservancy’s most ecologically diverse preserves. Accompanying us on this gentle, two-mile hike is sign-language interpreter Joy Valenti, who’s experienced in making nature accessible to the D/deaf/hard of hearing communities. We’ll comb the uplands for its array of wildflowers, amphibians, reptiles, and colorful songbirds and see how to convert bird calls into accessible sound prints. We’ll also examine the beaver-created wetlands, home to a large and thriving Great Blue Heron rookery and an abundance of dragonflies and butterflies, and learn, first hand, how these “eager” rodents have transformed local habitats throughout North America.

Accessibility Note:

Trails: Narrow in spots, some slopes, some protrusions into pathway, occasional wet areas.

Communication: This walk will be amplified and sign language interpreted, and will include live sonograms that provide pictorial representation of birdcalls.

Accessibility point person: Mary Anne Sherman, 860-884-3500 or

Event Leader(s)

Bruce Fellman

(860) 599-4867

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Organization Partners

Meeting Location Details

The trailhead parking area on 113 Babcock Road in North Stonington is approximately 0.9 miles from Wyassup Road or 0.8 miles from Route 49. Additional parking is available on both sides of Babcock Road.

Accessibility Note

Parking: Small off-street lot, packed dirt surface, no accessible space, room for 7-8 cars. Lot located at Babcock Ridge Preserve trailhead about 100 feet from Henne Preserve trailhead. Additional parking

Click on the red map pin for the event address.

Leashed Dogs Permitted