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.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).