BETHEL — The return of spring songbirds is already underway. Early mornings are now filled with a variety of songs, rat-a-tat-tats, chirps, and tweets. Knowing some local birds by sight and sound is a satisfying skill, but learning them can be a real undertaking.

For those interested in learning more about birds but not ready to join a guided bird walk, the new Valentine Farm Birding Trail is a perfect solution. A grand opening at Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Farm is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15, at 162 North Road, Bethel. This self-guided activity can help participants identify and learn about birds at their own pace.

Becca Hoskins, Mahoosuc Land Trust’s artist-in-residence, created 25 signs in the shape and color of birds commonly found at Valentine Farm. The images have been placed in the actual habitat where these birds occur.

A free trail guide with clues for finding the signs (and the real birds) will be available. Trail Ambassadors will be available to answer questions and give directions. Bird-themed artwork by Becca Hoskins will also be available for purchase. Please bring a mask.

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