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Image courtesy of Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, featuring the mural "Still Here" by Gaia.

Providence Birding Adventures

Next Adventure: Saturday, May 13, from 9:15-10:15 am. 

Join naturalists from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership for a FREE guided bird walk in Providence on Saturday, May 13, from 9:15-10:15 am. This walk is hosted in partnership with the National Parks Service and one of their Rangers will be joining us.

Come celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with us! Read more here.

We are meeting at Roger Williams National Memorial, located between North Main Street and Canal Street, in the block between Smith Street and Park Row. Meet near the National Park Service Visitor Center, at 282 North Main Street, closest to the corner of North Main Street and Smith Street. Please note: this walk is NOT taking place at Roger Williams Park on Elmwood Avenue. If using GPS, please use the North Main St. address.

We will begin our exploration in Roger Williams National Memorial park and then wander along the Canal Walk and the Providence River Greenway to look for birds along the river as well as to keep an eye out for the raptors nesting in downtown Providence. We might spot the famous peregrine falcon pair who nest on top of the Superman/ former Bank of America building!

We encourage you to walk, bicycle, rideshare or take the bus or train into downtown. Both the main bus hub is near Burnside Park and the Providence train station are only a few blocks away from Roger Williams National Memorial Park. All of these RIPTA bus lines: #51, 54, 58, 72 & R have stops on North Main and Canal Street right at the park.

The National Parks Service has graciously offered use of their parking area near their Visitor Center. If you are carpooling or driving yourself, this lot is located on Canal St., just past the intersection of Smith St. and Canal St. There is also metered parking along both North Main Street and Canal Street.

Some recommendations:

  • Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.
  • Please wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.
  • Families with children, please feel welcome joining us!
  • We encourage you to bring your own equipment like binoculars and field guides, but we will also have some on hand to borrow if you would like.

Our rain date will be Sunday, May 14, at 9:15 am.

We acknowledge that these lands we will explore are the traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of the Narragansett, Nahaganset, Wôpanâak, and Pokanoket nations. It was and still remains a special meeting place as one of the highest points in the region. We are grateful to these local indigenous nations for being the first to steward these lands and waters, and for continuing that stewardship in the present and into the future. 

These birding adventures began in 2018 as part of the Urban Bird Treaty Program, and in 2019, Providence was designated a Bird Treaty City. To read more about the Urban Bird Treaty and other participating cities, visit the website and check out the story map.

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Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Urban Bird Treaty Program, and a partnership between the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, these free, bird walks will be held at various urban parks.


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