Norman Bird Sanctuary invites community members to celebrate a year of achievements and outstanding volunteer contributions at their Annual Meeting at Newport Vineyards on Thursday, November 30th.

Members, supporters, and the community are invited to recognize extraordinary accomplishments including the renovation of the organization’s historic Barn Museum, the reconstruction of their organic educational garden, and the restoration of three acres of pollinator habitat.

Norman Bird Sanctuary will also be celebrating the exceptional work of volunteers who donate their valuable time, talent, and energy to the organization.

“Each year, hundreds of volunteers work with us to improve the community’s quality of life,” said Ted Sturtevant, chairman of the board of directors, “Whether they’re greeting visitors at the Welcome Center, leading an event committee, or cutting invasive plants, volunteers contribute to every aspect of Norman Bird Sanctuary’s work.”

Awards for Volunteer of the Year will be presented to URI Master Gardener Amanda Ward for her work rebuilding NBS’ Good Gardens, Frank Toner and Toner Electric Company for help powering the annual Harvest Fair event, and Johnson & Wales University’s Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity for their continued support of events and property projects.

Norman Bird Sanctuary is a private non-profit wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center, established in 1949 at the bequest of Mabel Norman Cerio, with the mission of preserving and protecting habitats for the benefit of the environment and for the education and enjoyment of the community.

Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event. Please R.S.V.P. at Norman Bird Sanctuary’s website: NormanBirdSanctuary.org

When: Thursday, November 30th (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

Where: Newport Vineyards – 909 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

Annual Meeting guests are invited to make a dinner reservation at Brix Restaurant following the event. (401-848-5161 ext. 2)

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