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Bird Walk at Fort Williams

$5

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 20, 2019 at 7 am

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. 

Birding by Ear

$15

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 22, 2019 at 7 pm

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15

Being able to identify birds by their songs literally adds a new dimension to your birding. In this evening program, Maine Audubon's Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will present tools and techniques for learning bird song. New this year, the program will also cover basics of recording and visualizing bird songs with spectrograms.

Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip

$75
Calendar Next session starts May 25, 2019 at 9 am
1 additional session on May 26, 2019

Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75

Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport by the L.L. Bean Boot by the Flagship Store entrance. The shuttle bus will pick people up at 9 am, so please arrive by 8:30 to allow time for parking and gathering.

Thank you!

In conjunction with the L.L. Bean Freeport Birding Festival, we are offering two trips with Captain Peter Milholland to explore the bird life around Casco Bay.

Our tentative route will leave from Freeport Town Landing and head towards Sister Island, looping around towards Goose Island then southward towards the Goslings and Irony Island. Then we'll pass between Whaleboat Island and Little Whaleboat Island (if time permits) on our way towards Green Island, or cut across the bay southwesterly from the Goslings directly towards Green Island. Our route may change based on the birds (and other sealife) we encounter.

About our captain: Captain Peter Milholland, principal owner and operator of Seacoast Tours of Freeport, is an experienced, professional mariner and marine educator with over twenty-five years of expertise in developing and maintaining marine educational programs. Peter wants to pass his knowledge of Casco Bay on to others and he states, “Seacoast Tours of Freeport is a way for locals and visitors to directly experience the spectacular beauty and wonders of Casco Bay.”

Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains

$15

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jun 17, 2019 at 7 am

Members: $10 Nonmembers: $15

Kennebunk Plains is one of Maine's top destinations for birders to visit annually as state-rare and uncommon species are regular nesters here. Our targets will include Grasshopper, Vesper, Field, and Savannah sparrows, Upland Sandpipers, Brown Thrashers, and Eastern Towhees, among other grassland-specialty species. 

Little Big Day

$60

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 21, 2019 at 7 am

Members: $50, Nonmembers: $60

Join Maine Audubon's Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a fast-paced half-day birding by van trip around southern Maine to see as many species as possible! We'll cover a diverse array of habitats at peak times of the day to maximize the number of species we can see. 

We recommend bringing snacks and/or a light lunch, and plenty of water. We'll make plenty of restroom stops. ;)

Speaker Series: The State of New England's Plants

$15

with Arthur Haines

Calendar Next session starts Jun 12, 2019 at 7 pm

Join Native Plant Trust's renowned Research Botanist and Mainer Arthur Haines for an entertaining talk about his experiences tracing and conserving native plants in the wilds of Maine and about his observations of the shifting Maine landscapes over the course of his career.

Spring Native Plants Walk: Saco Heath

$30

with Heather McCargo

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2019 at 10 am

Members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project: $20

Non-members: $30

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.





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