It’s the time of year when migratory birds are passing through the Wilton area, and three different environmental groups are providing a great, local opportunity to observe common and less often seen species. The Wilton Conservation Commission along with the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) and the Conservation Committee of the Wilton Garden Club are hosting a guided migratory bird walk at Allen’s Meadows on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m.. The walk is free and open to the public.

CT Audubon Society birding guide Joe Bear will lead the walk to observe and identify migratory birds as they visit Wilton on the way to their wintering habitats. Bear has been actively birding for over 25 years. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa and has compiled a world list now exceeding 2100 species. He now resides in Wilton, with his wife and two children.

This two-hour walk will be followed by refreshments and a question and answer session.

Attendees should bring binoculars and wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid tick bites. Dogs are not permitted on this walk. People wishing to register can do so via email and include the number of people attending and a contact phone number in case the event is cancelled.

Attendees should meet near the Allen’s Meadows community gardens.