Norman Bird Sanctuary

Norman Bird Sanctuary will host its 34th Annual Birds & Breakfast on Saturday May 15th 2016.

Attendees will be treated to a delectable breakfast buffet prepared with local ingredients by Executive Chef, Rich Silvia of The White Horse Tavern under a tent overlooking fields and the ocean.

Along with plenty of food, the morning will be full of interesting and engaging activities for all ages, including: guided bird walks along the beautiful trails of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, nature activities for children, live music, and animal ambassador presentations including our resident Red-tailed Hawk.

This year will bring a very special Raffle for a one week stay at the Audubon Society’s Maxwell Mays Lakefront Cottage in Western Coventry. Proceeds from this event directly support the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission of environmental education and land conservation.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $30 day of; Children age 3-12 are $10; free under 3 years old. Tickets are available online at  Breakfast seating’s will be at 8am, 9am & 10am with guided bird walks every ½ hour from 7:30-11am.

About Norman Bird Sanctuary

The Norman Bird Sanctuary is a not-profit organization dedicated to the protection and stewardship of 325-acres of diverse habitat in Middletown, RI—the largest contiguous open space on Aquidneck Island.  More than 20,000 people, from all walks of life, visit Norman Bird Sanctuary each year to enjoy seven miles of trails and learn about the natural world through public education programs, school programs and field trips, and camps for children.  The organization was founded in 1949.

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