Photo: Betsy Darlington

The Birds Are Calling. Join us for Spring Bird Quest!

Join us again this Memorial Day weekend to celebrate birds and bird diversity on Land Trust protected lands. Come experience the stunning diversity of breeding birds this spring while also raising funds to protect critical bird habitat! In late May, FLLT lands offer an amazing opportunity to view birds in their season of song, courtship, foraging, and raising young.

Mark Chao will lead participants on four guided walks on Land Trust protected lands. The walks are free but donations are strongly encouraged. Bring binoculars if you have them.  Beginning birders welcome! Walks are held rain or shine.

Saturday, May 26, 7:30 am
High Vista Nature Preserve, town of Scott
Join us for a walk high above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake at this diverse hillside forest full of songbirds.

Saturday, May 26, 9:30 am
Hinchcliff Family Preserve, town of Spafford
The Hinchcliff Family Preserve offers impressive vistas and diverse habitats including grassy clearings and hemlock-hardwood forests, as well as several ephemeral and perennial streams, gullies, and waterfalls.

Sunday, May 27, 8:00 am
Houghton Land Preserve, town of Corning
A gift from Jamie and Maisie Houghton, and our newest preserve, this 194-acre property features a mix of open meadows and diverse forests which make an excellent location for bird observation.

Monday, May 28, 8:00 am
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, town of West Danby
This preserve, located just 8 miles from downtown Ithaca features forests, fields, a lake, and a diversity of habitats for birds and other wildlife.

Photo: Lang Elliott

We will be keeping a tally of bird species found on Land Trust properties during Spring Bird Quest. Please let us know if you would like to make a pledge per bird species found and we will let you know the total count once the numbers are in.  Contact us at or by calling (607) 275-9487. General donations are welcome too.  Gifts can be made online – please click the box that says “This gift is in honor or memory of someone” and type in: Spring Bird Quest.