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Rangeley Birding Festival (Virtual)
Free festival June 4 & 5
On the mornings of Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, Maine Audubon and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust are hosting a series of speakers and presentations about the amazing birdlife in the Rangeley Lakes area.
Here’s the exciting lineup:
Thursday, June 4:
The Birds of Rangeley — 9am
Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist. Join Doug as he explores the birds and birding hotspots of the Rangeley area.
Mt Abraham from Valley Hardwood to Alpine Tundra — 10am
Pete McKinley, The Wilderness Society. Explore the diversity of habitat in the Rangeley area, via a virtual walk though major forest, subalpine, and alpine ecological communities and species encountered on a walk of Mt. Abraham in western Maine’s High Peaks near Saddleback Mountain.
Virtual Loon Cruise — 11am
Kevin Sinnett, Rangeley Region Lakes Cruises. Join Kevin and his crew for an amazing video journey to find Common Loons on Rangeley Lake.
Friday, June 5
The State of the Loons — 9am
Nick Lund, Maine Audubon. Nick will give an informative presentation on how different populations of Maine birds have fluctuated over the years. Learn which species have risen in number, and which have fallen, and why?
Wildlife Photography 101 — 10am
Nick Leadley, Touch the Wild Photography. Master wildlife photographer Nick Leadley gives a crash course on how to take amazing images of birds and other wildlife.
Taking our lumps before calling it splits: The science behind species and field guides— 11am
Brian Olsen, University of Maine. We are grateful to have Associate Professor Olsen of UMaine’s School of Biology & Ecology finish out the 2020 Festival with a keynote discussion.
Speaker Series: Flora for Fauna with Arthur Haines
with Arthur Haines
Join renowned botanist and naturalist, Arthur Haines, for his most popular and acclaimed lecture: "Flora for Fauna"
Arthur’s talk "Flora for Fauna" will address the human need to interact with wild plants to prevent the loss of these plants and concurrently promote human health. To illustrate this, examples of the nutritional superiority of wild plants and their role in protecting from chronic disease will be discussed. Examples of eco-conscientious practices of harvesting and evidence-based herbal medicine will be highlighted.
Arthur Haines, author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants Volume 1 & 2, is a registered Maine guide, TEDx speaker, botanical researcher, and modern day hunter-gatherer. He resides in Canton, ME at Wilder Waters Community where he teaches human ecology, foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and primitive living skills.
Tiny Tot Tour
Members $5, Nonmember $7
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Introduce your wee folk to this unique habitat through interactive hands-on activities. They will experience the marsh first hand, looking through algae for small critters, jumping in the mud, looking at fish and insects up close and more. There will also be a story and a craft.
An adult needs to accompany each child.
Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100
Discovery Kids Summer Camp at Fields Pond (Gr. 1-4)
with David Lamon
Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Discovery Kids Camp is for students who have completed grades 1-4.
Discover wild nature! Experienced Maine Audubon educators will lead students on a variety of nature-based adventures that will include hikes, art and science projects, games, and hands-on activities.
Cost: Member, $190/session, Nonmember, $220/session
Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email email@example.com. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).
Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Registration not required.
Join us for this Wednesday morning Bird Walk. We meet at the Nature Center and check out the birds there and head to local hot spots in Scarborough. We may hit Pine Point, the Eastern Trail, Pelreco and Dunstan Landing.
Daily Canoe/Kayak Rentals -tentative schedule
We are making tentative plans for opening the marsh. Starting on July 1 we may be able to expand our service offerings. This schedule could change at any point due to Covid 19 current circumstances. We will update this information as we go along. PLEASE check with us, go to our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The renting procedure will be modified to keep our visitors and staff safe. If you have your own life jacket, you may choose to bring it with you.
Discover the meandering Dunstan River on your self-guided exploration. We'll provide a canoe/kayak, map, and life jackets.
Cost: $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours
($45 maximum; Discounts on Thursdays and for members)
Daily Guided Canoe Tour - tentative schedule
We are making tentative plans for opening the marsh. Starting on July 1 we may be able to expand our service offerings. This schedule could change at any point due to Covid 19 current circumstances. We will update this information as we go along.
PLEASE check with us, go to our website or email us at email@example.com. The tour procedure will most likely be modified. If you have your own life jacket, you may choose to bring it with you.
Members $11, Nonmembers $13
Experience the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Paddling through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichogs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.
This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.
No reservations are needed. If you have questions, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-883-5100.
Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs & Marsh Muck
Members $5, Nonmembers $7
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichog, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for "children" of all ages.
No reservations are needed. If you have questions, you can email email@example.com or call 207-883-5100.