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Audubon Society joins activities

By Staff | May 23, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has joined with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club to organize two sets of summer birding activities at Hagerstown’s new Kiwanis Park.

The first set of activities will be a series of morning bird walks in the park. The park is situated along Antietam Creek and has a varied riverine and meadow habitat.

The second will be three “birding by canoe and kayak” trips on Antietam Creek adjacent to the park. Local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin will lead both the walks and the canoe and kayak trips. The bird walks will be held on various Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 25 through Sept. 3. They will start at 8 a.m.

The canoe and kayak trips will be held June 18 and July 16. Each will start at 7:30 a.m. at the park’s boat ramp and last about two hours. Participants in these trips must bring their own canoe or kayak and have a personal flotation device.

All these activities will be free and open to everyone, regardless of their birding experience or skills but pre-registration will be required. Register and get full information on the City of Hagerstown’s website at www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks. For for the canoe and kayak trips, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Kiwanis park is located at 371 Dynasty Drive in Hagerstown, behind the medical professional buildings on Opal Court, off Eastern Boulevard. Contact Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@ gmail.com.