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Upcoming Programs

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Wildlife Awareness Event @ The Ridgefield Library 

Thursday, October 12th from 7:30 - 8pm

Co-hosted by the Ridgefield Animal Control and Woodcock Nature Center

Ever wondered if the fox in your backyard is dangerous? Is it a coyote or a wolf? What about the loud animal screaming you heard at night? We are here to answer your questions! Woodcock Nature Center's Animal Curator Jennifer Bradshaw and Officer Zulkeski of Ridgefield Animal Control team up to educate on how to coexist with wildlife, how to properly handle injured wildlife situations and provide proper contact info for all wildlife and animal related scenarios.


This event is free. Registration required.

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Falling Leaves and Migrating Birds @ Aldrich Park
Saturday, October 14th from 9:30 - 11:00 am

Co-hosted by the Ridgefield Conservation Commission and Woodcock Nature Center

Join Woodcock staff and members of the Ridgefield Conservation Commission on this guided walk through Ridgefield's gorgeous Aldrich Park! While admiring the awe-inspiring autumnal atmosphere, we will learn of and look for bird species that may be migrating south or otherwise preparing for the cold weather to come. We will also learn a bit about tree identification by examining the fallen leaves we come across on the trails!

This event is free. Registration required.

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Fall Birdwatching @ WNC
Saturday, October 21st from 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Join Woodcock staff member and avid birder Tommy McCarthy for a guided birdwatching walk! Fall means birds are migrating back to their southern homes, so species will be stopping here in Connecticut to refuel for the long journey ahead. On this walk we will talk about how birds prepare for migration, learn about some of the species traveling back to the tropics, and discuss what birds will be remaining with us or arriving for the winter. If you are new to birdwatching, you are sure to learn about at least one species you have never heard of! Bringing binoculars is recommended. This program is geared more towards adults, although kids are still welcome. 


This event is free. Registration required.


Evening Owl Walk
Saturday, November 4th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Join Woodcock educator Tommy McCarthy for an after-dark walk on the trails of Woodcock Nature Center to learn about and listen for some of the eight owl species which can be found in our state.  Late fall is a great time to look for owls, as the young ones born during the past season disperse, learn to live independently and establish their own territories. We will delve into the lives of these secretive and beautiful animals by learning about the sounds they make, the habitat they prefer, and the signs they leave behind as they hunt.

This event is free. Registration required.

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