Who’s That at My Feeder?

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites families and bird lovers of all ages to come and enjoy “Who is That at My Feeder,” an interactive indoor/outdoor learning experience featuring local bird species, at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 9:00 am. The event is free of charge.

“Here in Union County, we have over 6,700 acres of parks and open space filled with various types of wildlife,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “Many different types of birds are found in our community, and identifying them is a fun and educational exercise for all ages.”

This exciting and informative lecture, presented by Peter Axelrod, will discuss birds commonly found at feeders in Union County backyards.

Axelrod, a nature enthusiast since age 5, has volunteered in avian population studies, wild bird rehabilitation, habitat restoration, wildlife education and leading birding ventures throughout New Jersey in partnership with NJ Audubon, Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and the Raptor Trust.

Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,143-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 60 miles of hiking trails. Trailside houses 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the art exhibits, including a towering 34-foot American beech tree exhibit that fills the building’s atrium. The Center also features classrooms that look out on the Reservation, a multipurpose room, a library, children’s discovery room and a 250-seat auditorium.

Trailside welcomes walk-in visitors to view the exhibits free of charge every day except Mondays and major holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about Trailside and its event calendar, visit ucnj.org/trailside or call 908-789-3670.

For information about other nature education programs offered by Union County, visit the Trailside Nature and Science Center online at ucnj.org/trailside. More information about activities in Union County Parks is available at ucnj.org/parks.

Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at the Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.