If you’re a birdwatcher, there’s no better place to be than Block Island in the fall. That’s when more than 125 species of migratory birds make the island an important stopover when heading south for the winter. One of the biggest weekends of the birding season takes place September 29 to October 1 when the Rhode Island Audubon Society sponsors their annual birdwatching weekend here.
If you’re interested in a package tour, the Audubon Society will take care of all the details for you, from ferry to accommodations and meals to birding tours and demonstrations. (Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Or, come over on your own to witness the thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and songbirds that stop to rest and feed along our beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, grasslands, scrubland, salt ponds and other freshwater wetland ecosystems.
Check out Rodman’s Hollow and the Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve and you may get a glimpse of the state-endangered northern harrier. Or head to the northern end of the Island for the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest gull colony in Rhode Island. With more than 40% of the Island protected as open space, there are countless places to get your birding fix. Just remember, if you’re planning to stay overnight, be sure to book your lodgings ahead of your arrival.