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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.