Published on June 15, 2022

Encouraging More People to Go Birding

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Wellfleet Bay visitor experience coordinator Christine Bates is always hoping to inspire more people to become birders. Now, she’s focused on people who may feel for a number of reasons that a birding walk is not for them.

On Thursday, July 14th from 9:30–10:30 AM, Christine hopes to get more people out on the trail with the first of a series of programs called Birding for All.

“I’m planning a series of one-hour walks on our newly resurfaced All Person’s Trail (the first section of the Goose Pond Trail). The route is good for anyone with mobility concerns or for whom the usual two-hour birding program is too long, “ she says. “I sometimes hear from folks worried about being ‘the slow person’ on a walk.”

New All-Terrain Wheelchair

To help more people enjoy the trails, the sanctuary recently acquired a new manual, all-terrain wheelchair manufactured by GRIT, a company founded by MIT graduates to make outdoors activities more accessible. Christine says the new wheelchair is comfortable, lightweight, and can be used individually or pushed by a second person. It's available to any sanctuary visitor.

Another concern Christine hopes to allay on her program: Not knowing enough about birds. “People will tell me as though it’s a secret— ‘I’ve never been birding before.’” She says she’ll definitely be sticking to the basics!

A second Birding for All program will be held in July and three more during August. Preregister now!