Photo: Marie Read

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 a birding spectacle without equal in the Finger Lakes. Resplendent in their breeding colors, birds have begun a 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!

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Photo: Betsy Darlington

Saturday, May 28, 8:00 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 28, 10:00 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. This walk may involve some limited steep climbs.

Sunday, May 29, 8:00 am
Logan Hill Nature Preserve, town of Candor
Join us for a walk at this hilltop preserve featuring a wonderful mosaic of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and watercourses. This walk may involve some limited steep climbs.

Monday, May 30, 8:30 am
VanRiper Conservation Area, town of Romulus
Join us for a walk at this natural area on the west side of Cayuga Lake featuring 1,400 feet of shoreline.  Waterfowl should be in abundance. This walk may involve some limited steep climbs.

Photo: Mark Chao

Photo: Mark Chao

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.