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Forestry for Maine Birds
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Forestry for Maine Birds

Free

with Sally Stockwell

Calendar Next session starts Sep 20, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. You will learn how to:

• Improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species

• Take care of your woodland

• Work with other forest management goals

• Enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come

 

Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

$85

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 21, 2019 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. During a recent 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: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

 

Nature Tuesday Group (Fall)
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Nature Tuesday Group (Fall)

Free

with Davida Sky

Calendar Next session starts Sep 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Next meeting: September 10, 1:30-3 pm

Location: Fore River Sanctuary

This week we’ll meet in the Orthopedics Building parking lot at the south entrance to sanctuary.

Directions are below:
https://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/fore-river-sanctuary 
Click on “Directions” at the bottom of the page.

Late summer there is lots to see: the late bloomers, seeds and fruits, grasses, sedges and rushes all in seed, birds and tracks in the mud and fishes in the water. It is a beautiful walk!

Hope to see you there.

Davida 776-1876 and Kiya

Forestry for Maine Birds

Free

with Sally Stockwell

Calendar Next session starts Sep 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Location: Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton

Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. You will learn how to:

• Improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species

• Take care of your woodland

• Work with other forest management goals

• Enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come

 

Birding Tour: Louisiana
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Birding Tour: Louisiana

$1,675

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Oct 24, 2019

Join this private late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

Cajun country is one of the primary rice-growing regions of the US, and as such it provides many prairie and taiga pothole breeding birds their winter home: ducks, geese, bitterns, Sedge Wrens, LeConte's Sparrows, and secretive Yellow Rails. These species are found across much of the Southeast, but because of the rice-harvesting schedule of Cajun farmers, the chance of seeing them here is perhaps better than anywhere else--as the rice combines collect the lagniappe (extra) autumn crop, they flush the birds that are otherwise buried deep in marshy grass. In addition to the marsh birds, any hedgerow may have lingering or vagrant migrants, wintering sparrows, or some other surprise!

In the course of our long weekend, we'll also bird the coastal marshes, beaches, and cheniers (tree islands) for late seasonal migrants and wintering species, and we'll visit the nearby pine woods that are home to such southeastern specialties as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman's and maybe even wintering Henslow's sparrows. And don't forget your appetite: Louisiana is rightly known for its tasty cuisine! So why don't y'all come on down and visit?

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

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2019 with Maine Audubon

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 19, 2019 at 7 am
9 additional sessions through Nov 21, 2019

Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

Birding Tour: Costa Rica
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Birding Tour: Costa Rica

$3,750

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jan 15, 2020

Join this private birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Scarlet Macaws, and a long list of other fabulous tropical birds and specialties in a beautiful country with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

This Costa Rica tour has been designed to sample many of the country's major habitats on a short tour while keeping travel time between sites to a minimum. Targeting many of Costa Rica's most charismatic bird species, we'll travel to the steamy Caribbean lowlands, up through the foothills and cloudforests of the bird-rich eastern slopes, into the gorgeous oak forests and the scrubby paramo of the high Talamanca mountains, and down into the transitional forests in the Pacific coastal lowlands. All along the way, we'll be staying in comfortable lodges or hotels, often with fantastic birding right outside our doors!

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

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Costa Rica 2020 with Maine Audubon





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