Norman Bird Sanctuary this week announced that it is carrying on a favorite fall tradition by launching an at-home Scarecrow Competition.

All are encouraged to share their creativity and support Norman Bird Sanctuary at the same time by building their own version of this seasonal staple. 

Participants must purchase a Scarecrow Kit which includes a hay bale, twine, frame, instructions,  and a yard sign to display with their creation. Information about picking up a kit, categories for judging, submission of entries, and the announcement of the winners can be found on

On Friday, October 30, Norman Bird Sanctuary will host Treats Along the Trails, designed to  provide a safe and fun Halloween option for children and their parents. Guests are invited to  wear their Halloween costumes for a walk on the trails, stopping at several stations along the  way for nature-themed gifts and yummy treats. Afterwards, refreshments will be available for  purchase on the lawn in front of Mabel’s Studio. Masks will be required and social distancing  will be observed. 

Those interested can sign up for Treats Along the Trails at

Due to state health guidelines and regulations surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 46th Harvest Fair had to be postponed until Fall 2021.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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