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Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to offer a winter walk for adults on Jan. 9

Date: 12/28/2009

HAMPDEN Start the new year with a "Winter Walk at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary." located along the Scantic River. We will look for animal tracks such as those of the fisher, bobcat and coyote. We'll also identify winter trees and shrubs.

We hope to be able to see resident hawks, bluebirds and perhaps a flock of cedar waxwings feeding on winter berries. If conditions permit, we will walk out to the Neff Trail, making this a moderate hike. The program is intended for adults only and will take place Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee is $10 for Mass Audubon members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Please contact Mass Audubon's Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries at 584-3009 ext. 812 or

Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 32,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state and federal levels.

Mass Audubon's mission and actions have expanded since 1896 when our founders set out to stop the slaughter of birds for use on women's fashions.

Today we are the largest conservation organization in New England. Our statewide network of 43 wildlife sanctuaries welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for our conservation, education and advocacy work. To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (283-8266) or visit