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ALT to offer Birding Course in 2019

PORTSMOUTH, R.I.  — Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) will offer a six-part course on bird biology taught by Dr. Charles Clarkson, ALT board member and professional ornithologist.

The course will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning January 15, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the ALT office located at 790 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown.

There will also be two Saturday field trips on January 26 and February 2, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The cost is $125 for ALT members and $150 for non-members; check the ALT website or call 401-849-2799, ext. 10, for registration.

The course will cover topics including migration, evolution, flight, and mating. The field trips will be guided and will address bird identification, biology, and behavior. Dr. Clarkson received his doctorate from the University of Virginia, where his primary focus was on the impact of mercury on the growth and development of nesting waterbirds.

He moved to Rhode Island in 2011 and has taught at Salve Regina and Roger Williams Universities. In 2015, Charles was employed as the coordinator for the Rhode Island Bird Atlas, a five-year, statewide project aimed at documenting the distribution and abundance of the state’s birds. In addition to coordinating the project, Charles serves as a board member for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and ALT, and as the co-chair of the Conservation Committee for the International Waterbird Society.

Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community, while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,595.67 acres on 79 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first nationally accredited land trust in Rhode Island. For more information, visit

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