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PVAS sponsoring C&O Canal bird walks

By Staff | May 27, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is teaming up with the National Park Service to offer a new series of Sunday morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, Maryland area this summer.

The walks will be held on the second Sundays of June, July and August (June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14) from 7-10 a.m. All the walks will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport.

The walks, led by Sandy Sagalkin, will be free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. They will involve easy walking over level ground and children and families will be welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

The towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be sighted will include Baltimore Orioles and Prothonotary Warblers, among many others.

Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along insect repellant and drinking water. Binoculars will be provided if needed. Directions can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/ planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

The trips may be canceled or postponed if weather conditions are poor. For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@ gmail.com or 240-291-6465.