The Spring Island Trust welcomes the first hints of spring with a full schedule of outdoor nature activities throughout the month of March.
Ace Basin Birding with Chris Marsh
March 4, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
The water levels in the waterfowl impoundments at Bear Island WMA in the ACE Basin are ideal for a rich diversity of water birds, including ducks, swans, ibis, sandpipers and the birds of prey hunting them. Bring a picnic lunch, your binoculars, and your field guide.
Rusty Blackbird Blitz
March 6, 10:00 am
Little is known by scientists about the biology of the rusty blackbird, though populations of these birds have plummeted in the last decades. Rusty blackbirds often visit the Duck Ponds, so join with Trust naturalists for a nature walk at the Duck Ponds and to participate in the Rusty Blackbird Blitz, a citizen science campaign coordinated by the Rusty Blackbird Working Group (in partnership with ebird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Vermont Center for Ecostudies). Bring your binoculars!
March 8 , 10:00 am
The TrailBlazers is a member-led program where you explore the trails on Spring Island.
Meet at Covey Rise. Leader Bonnie Mason.

Nature Journaling Field Trip
March 14, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join staff artist Pam Johnson Brickell and naturalist Kristen Marshall Mattson for a Nature Journaling Field Trip. We will meet at the Bonny Shore Gazebo for a brief introduction to the concept of nature journaling and then hit the trail for a nature walk where Kristen will provide interpretive information and Pam will instruct on journaling techniques. Nature journaling is a great way to heighten and expand your nature experience. No previous experience is necessary; all you need to bring is a journal/sketchbook, a favorite writing pen (other art materials will be provided), and a snack.

St. Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt
March 18 , 1:00 pm
Help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (a day late) by going on an actual snake hunt. St. Patrick supposedly drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but not off Spring Island. We will start with a short orientation at the Nature Center and then jump on the trailer to head for the nature preserves in search of serpents.

Habitat Safari
March 21 , 1:00 pm
Spring has sprung! Take a ride on the hay wagon to observe the arrival of spring at special places on the Island.

March 22 , 10:00 am
The TrailBlazers is a member-led program where you explore the trails on Spring Island.
Meet at Star Mountain. Leader Barbara Thomas.

Coastal Kingdom and a Craft
March 27, 1:00 pm
Meet at the Art Barn to watch the latest episode of Coastal Kingdom—Fields and Forests, followed by an opportunity to make & take a nature-based craft that fits the theme of the show. All supplies will be provided. The craft is geared towards ages 5-12, but the whole family is welcome to attend!
The mission of the Spring Island Trust is to insure the preservation and protection of the Island’s environment and cultural history.