Our nature preserves are open to the public 365 days per year from sunrise to sunset, providing natural places that offer peace and respite for all. Willistown Conservation Trust owns and manages three nature preserves in the Willistown area - Ashbridge, Kirkwood and Rushton Woods Preserve. We maintain these lands for the … Learn more about our nature preserves.
Avian Adventures with Aaron | May
At this point of the year, many of our beloved migrant songbirds have passed through our region, determined to reach their breeding grounds and find a mate. And so, while most of the thrushes, warblers, and flycatchers are far beyond the limitations of binoculars, there are still many species that will make their nests right here in Willistown. Join us at Ashbridge Preserve as we search for local breeding birds such as the Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, and Red-eyed Vireo who will guide us through forest and meadow with song in the proclamation of their nest and home.
Note: this adventure will include a stepping-stone stream crossing pictured below.
About Aaron Coolman | Motus Technician and Avian Migration Ecologist
As his title suggests, Aaron wears a lot of hats. With a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University, experience in residential garden design, former work as a USFWS Biotechnician, and history as a volunteer for the Maryland DNR Heritage Program, Aaron is a perfect fit at our organization and has been working with WCT since 2022. A nature enthusiast, Aaron spends much of his free time birding, gardening, volunteering for various conservation groups, and photographing…you guessed it…nature!