The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will lead you on an easy tour along the waterfront, into the Refuge and beyond. You will quickly be in a sanctuary away from the City. Open your eyes, ears and mind as you stroll along the trail and watch wildlife soar the open water of Lake River and Carty Lake, fields and sky.
The Spring offers opportunities to watch early spring songbird migration and the summer is a great time to watch local breeding species of duck and geese raise their young. In early June you may see a pied-billed grebe, double crested cormorant, cinnamon teal, rock dove, spotted towhee, grosbeak, and many more. Some bird species such as mallards, great blue herons and red-tailed hawks are year round residents. You will also experience history; and mammal, reptile and amphibian sightings.
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a place for birders of all abilities to experience the wonders of connection with wildlife. Whether you want to add to your life list or simply enjoy a morning of bird watching, this walk has something for you.
What to bring: Your excitement for wildlife, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Binoculars are helpful, but many birds are easily seen without special equipment.
How to get there: There is no charge for this tour and pre-registration s NOT required. Please join your tour guide at the waterfront 15 minutes prior to touring time. Access at the Public boat Launch on Mill Street, or the next block over on Division. Signs and guides will help you find a place to park (NO charge) and the starting point for the tour.