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The Legacy of the Land: Birds of Shaker Village Walk

Canterbury Shaker Village
Event organized by Canterbury Shaker Village

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Canterbury Shaker Village is known for its historic buildings and the stories of the Shaker people who lived and worked in them, but the land is also an essential part of the Shaker legacy. Nearly 700 acres of the original 4000-acre Shaker property is owned and protected by Canterbury Shaker Village. This land includes gardens, orchards, open fields, ponds, wetlands and forests. The rich diversity of ecosystems provide habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals. Join naturalist and environmental educator Ruth Smith on a series of excursions to learn more about the landscape and the Shaker connections to the natural world.

Mid May is an ideal time to get out and look for birds. Dozens of species of migrating songbirds are returning from Central and South America to set up nesting territories in the fields and forests of our region. Waterfowl find suitable habitat on the mill ponds created by the Shakers. Raptors are often seen soaring over the open fields. This leisurely walk around Turning Mill Pond and through the fields and woods could glean between 40 and 50 species of birds.

The program is suitable for beginning birdwatchers as well as those who enjoy an opportunity to refresh their memory on species not seen since last fall. Sturdy shoes, binoculars, a bird ID book or app are recommended. Trails may be wet and bugs may be present, so come prepared.

Leader: Ruth Smith is a life-long birder, award-winning environmental educator and perpetually learning naturalist. She has a passion for history, is a former Garden Program Coordinator for CSV and a Canterbury resident. She also writes a monthly column on nature for the Concord Monitor called “Take Me Outside” as a way to help people become more familiar with their “wild neighbors”.

Tickets: Free for Canterbury Shaker Village Members, $5 for Non-Members and children 17 and under free.

Photo by Barbara Beers