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35th Maine Loon Count
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35th Maine Loon Count

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Calendar Next session starts Jul 21, 2018 at 7 am

On the morning of the third Saturday of July each year, over 1,000 volunteers venture onto lakes and ponds across the state to count loons. The observations recorded by our citizen scientist volunteers provide an excellent snapshot of Maine’s loon population.

The 2018 Loon Count will take place on Saturday, July 21. To sign up, contact Susan Gallo at 207.781.6180 x216 or
Please send her your name, address, and the lake or general area where you would like to count. We will be in touch in the spring with details.

Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2018


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 22, 2018 at 8 am

Members: $60, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Boothbay Harbor

When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles!

We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

Important information about this trip: Coming soon!


Bar Harbor Pelagic


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 15, 2018 at 6 am

Members: $135 Nonmembers: $175

Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, both Great and South Polar Skuas, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, Razorbills, and Common Murres. Beyond birds, the marine mammal and fish show can be equally stunning with six different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna seen over the years.

Information packets available here: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2018

Registration questions: Beth Pauls – (207) 781-2330 x273

Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Calendar Next session starts Aug 25, 2018 at 6:30 am

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated.  Call 207-883-5100 or e-mail

Head Harbor Passage


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Aug 25, 2018 at 7 am

Members: $60 Nonmembers: $75

Join us for our second annual boat trip out of Easport to explore the waters of Head Harbor Passage and look for birds and other wildlife. We'll time our trip to pass by the "Old Sow" whirlpool when high numbers of gulls will be feeding. Among the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls is our primary target, the rare Little Gull and this is a great time to be looking for other unusual birds like Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed, or even Sabine's Gulls. 

Local birders Chris Barlett and Woody Gillies will join us to help spot birds and provide insights and local knowledge of the area. Information packet coming soon!

Mexico: Oaxaca Birding Trip
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Mexico: Oaxaca Birding Trip


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Mar 16, 2019

Escape Maine’s winter doldrums on a week-long tour with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon to Oaxaca, Mexico. This tour offers excellent birding in an area of Mexico with a high concentration of endemic species around a city with a rich archaeological and cultural heritage. The city is located at the crossroads of several major biogeographic regions of Mexico, and its bird life is influenced by all of these. Among the resultant mixture are two dozen species endemic to Mexico, including West Mexican Chachalaca, Boucard's and Gray-barred wrens, Dusky and Beautiful hummingbirds, Bridled and Oaxaca sparrows, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Red Warbler, and Slaty and Dwarf vireos. We'll look to see them against Oaxaca's rich backdrop of culture and ruins.

A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Oaxaca Tour Itinerary

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: MEXICO: OAXACA IN 2019 with MAINE AUDUBON

Nature Tuesday Group
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Nature Tuesday Group

Calendar Next session starts Jul 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm
1 additional session on Aug 7, 2018

July 24, 1:30 - 3 pm

This outing will take place at the beach, Southern Maine Communnity College and Willard, and we may talk about a variety of topics from geology to seaweeds and shore plants. We will meet at the parking for Spring Point Light at 1:30, and walk until 3.

Everyone is welcome. It is free and no preregistration is necessary.  If you have them, bring binoculars and 10x lens. We will walk in light drizzle, but not in heavy rain or thunderstorms. If you have questions, call 207-831-0651.

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Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop
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Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jul 28, 2018 at 8 am

Members $10, Nonmembers $13

Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of Sharp-tailed Sparrow identification.

We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in Sharp-tailed Sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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