MANCHESTER >> The monthly survey for birds will be conducted on Saturday, August 20, at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, meeting at the Visitor's Center at 7 a.m.

Come celebrate two anniversaries. On Aug. 16, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Migratory Bird Treaty for the protection of the "many species of birds which in the annual migration traverse certain parts of the U.S. and Canada."

Shorebirds which nest in northern Canada are already migrating south.

President Wilson was also the one who signed the bill which created the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916. Today the system comprises more than 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states and territories. These bills showcase the achievements of the past 100 years, but they are really about the future, and for many people that means birds to manage, protect, and appreciate, and wonderful places to visit today and tomorrow.

The free monthly bird walks are conducted as a collaborative event by the Vermont Bird Place & Skywatch and Hildene. They are open to all who enjoy birds, nature and the outdoors. Binoculars are available to borrow. The fields, garden areas and lawns around the main house are checked. Contact 802-362-2270 for more information about this event.



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