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Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2018
with Doug Hitchcox
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!
Join us in 2018 for the 50th (!) anniversary of this trip. 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
with Doug Hitchcox
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)
This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain. 10 students in each discipline will enjoy a communal 5-day/4-night retreat away from modern distractions to focus on their individual creative work.
The Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary features spectacular lodges located between Midday and Sunset Ponds. Designed and built in the early 1900s and recently renovated with modern kitchen and bath facilities, the four lodges are authentic, rustic, Adirondack-style log buildings.
Meals will be provided. These are all shared bunk rooms with twin, bunk beds, or a few double beds. Please see the room chart and photos of the lodge rooms on our website. Room preferences will be accommodated based on the order of student registration.
Once a student has registered for the retreat, a staff member will be in touch to confirm preferences and logistics. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.
For questions regarding the workshops please contact, Dan Bouthot at Monson Arts, email@example.com.
For questions regarding the accommodations, please contact Beth Pauls at Maine Audubon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no internet or cell phone connectivity at the Borestone Lodges.
Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at monsonarts.org.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray
The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.
Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. http://www.alanbray.com/
“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley
“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?
We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.
Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry. http://www.kimberlyridley.org
Borestone Naturalist Weekend - CANCELLED
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $300, Nonmembers: $360
Join this weekend retreat to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake. There we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.
The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.
Head Harbor Passage
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $60 Nonmembers: $75
Join us for our second annual boat trip out of Easport to explore the waters of Head Harbor Passage and look for birds and other wildlife. We'll time our trip to pass by the "Old Sow" whirlpool when high numbers of gulls will be feeding. Among the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls is our primary target, the rare Little Gull and this is a great time to be looking for other unusual birds like Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed, or even Sabine's Gulls.
Local birders Chris Barlett and Woody Gillies will join us to help spot birds and provide insights and local knowledge of the area. Information packet coming soon!
Mexico: Oaxaca Birding Trip
with Doug Hitchcox
Escape Maine’s winter doldrums on a week-long tour with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon to Oaxaca, Mexico. This tour offers excellent birding in an area of Mexico with a high concentration of endemic species around a city with a rich archaeological and cultural heritage. The city is located at the crossroads of several major biogeographic regions of Mexico, and its bird life is influenced by all of these. Among the resultant mixture are two dozen species endemic to Mexico, including West Mexican Chachalaca, Boucard's and Gray-barred wrens, Dusky and Beautiful hummingbirds, Bridled and Oaxaca sparrows, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Red Warbler, and Slaty and Dwarf vireos. We'll look to see them against Oaxaca's rich backdrop of culture and ruins.
A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Oaxaca Tour Itinerary
More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: MEXICO: OAXACA IN 2019 with MAINE AUDUBON