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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 sgallo@maineaudubon.org.
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.

AARP Canoe Tour

$575

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Aug 1, 2018 at 1 pm
1 additional session on Aug 1, 2018

Join us for a canoe tour especially for AARP members.  We will meet at the nature center and canoe together on the Dunstan River looking at the migrating birds and the other wildife of the marsh.

Must be AARP members to register for this event.  To join AARP go to: https://states.aarp.org/region/maine/

August Full Moon Canoe Tour
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August Full Moon Canoe Tour

$16

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Aug 24, 2018 at 7 pm
2 additional sessions through Aug 26, 2018

Members $14, Nonmembers $16

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

Arrive no later than 6:30 pm

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

 

 

Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2018

$85

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

$175

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

Free
Calendar Next session starts Jul 14, 2018 at 7 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

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 smac@maineaudubon.org

Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Free
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 smac@maineaudubon.org

Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip

$75
Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am
1 additional session on May 27, 2018

Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75

Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport where a bus will take participants to the boat.

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 Lower Flying Point 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.”

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