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Bird Walk at Fort Williams
with Doug Hitchcox
Join us for a bird walk around the picturesque Fort Williams Park during the peak of spring migration. This coastal park is a great spot to see migrating songbirds as they make landfall after their noctural migrations, as well as a great diversity of seabirds just offshore.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival
Join us for a weekend filled with events and activities for beginner and expert birders of all ages.
Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26
The L.L.Bean Birding Festival partners with Maine Audubon to present opportunities for all birders in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. On Saturday and Sunday we offer boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, kid’s crafts, activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and workshops.
- Our keynote speaker is Laura Erickson. Laura is a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She was the 2014 recipient of the ABA’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award. Since 1986 Laura has produced the “For the Birds” radio program, which is now also available as a podcast.
- Bird walks at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, and Wolfe’s Neck Farm for Agriculture and the Environment
- Children’s bird walk with Laura Erickson
- Live bird presentations by Center for Wildlife
- Bird Sketching with artist Michael Boardman
- Birds of Casco Bay boat trip
- Birding by Ear presentation by Jerry Berrier of birdblind.org
- Feature presentation by Matt Young, Collections Management Leader at Cornell’s renowned Macaulay Library
- Owl prowl and bat walk
- Bird walks at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, and Tidebrook
- Birder’s Social, hosted by Robin Robinson, the founder, and admin of the Maine BIRDS Facebook page that has over 21,000 followers
- Ray’s Talkin’ Birds live broadcast
- Birds of Casco Bay boat trip
- Live bird presentation by Chewonki
- Bird comics workshop by Rosemary Mosco, science writer, naturalist and comic artist at birdandmoon.com
A full schedule of events will be available from L.L.Bean around the end of April
Spring Native Plants Walk: Saco Heath
with Heather McCargo
Members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project: $20
Saco Heath is owned by The Nature Conservancy and includes a large forested/shrub heath surrounded mature deciduous woodlands. This mosaic of plant communities includes rare and common native plants and animals. Come explore the two-mile trail which begins in a mature hardwood forest with many spring wildflowers, then step onto the boardwalk that snakes through the wetland community of plants that thrive in the highly acidic moist soils.
Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh
The season opening weekend will be filled with fun and adventure! We will have canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstrations, exhibits, and more! Sunday we will have a free 7:30 bird walk. The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race.
The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-883-5100.
Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2019!
$20 for Adults ($22 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run
The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine!
- Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am
- 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am
Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail. 5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.
All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.
Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field
From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
- 5K Run/Walk is $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the race.
- Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
- There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.
Registration and Number Pick-up
Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 am-5 pm.
Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.
What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!
T-shirts & Medals
The first 100 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.
Pollinator Parade and Festival
Location: Deering Oaks Park, Portland
Join Maine Audubon, Birth Roots, and Portland Rec for the 5th annual Pollinator Parade and Festival! We’re bringing this favorite event to Deering Oaks Park in Portland this year and hope you’ll come ready to learn, march with us while dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.
10-11:30am Family Festival
Crafts, games, face painting, costume making, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and more!
11:30am-12pm Fifth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Deering Oaks and the Farmers’ Market to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!
12-1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic. We encourage those who wish to buy food to visit the Farmers’ Market. Bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.
Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
Members $3, Nonmembers $5
The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more.
We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.
Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2019
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $80 Nonmembers: $100
A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2019