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Nature Tuesday Group
with Davida Sky
Next meeting: March 26, 1:30-3 pm
Polly Haight Frawley will be joining us. Polly is a graduate of this year’s Maine Master Naturalist Class and prepared her capstone on the use of trees for medicinal purposes by the Wabenaki Confederation. She will share some of her learnings with us as we walk around the meadow identifying the trees that the Wabenaki used. We’ll be looking for changes in buds and early arriving birds so it would be good to bring binoculars and a magnifying lens.
Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2019!
$20 for Adults ($22 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run
The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine!
- Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am
- 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am
Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail. 5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.
All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.
Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field
From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
- 5K Run/Walk is $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the race.
- Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
- There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.
Registration and Number Pick-up
Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 am-5 pm.
Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.
What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!
T-shirts & Medals
The first 100 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.
Spring Native Plants Walk: Annie Sturgis Sanctuary
with Arthur Haines
Maine Audubon and NEWS members: $38
Join New England Wildflower Society's staff research botanist, Arthur Haines, for a hike through the Society's 40-acre property along the Kennebec River in Vassalboro. Descend into the gully to visit a variety of lime-loving plants, including wild ginger(extremely rare in Maine) and an array of woodland wildflowers.
Please aware that some trails in Annie Sturgis Sanctuary are narrow and steep, making this trip moderately difficult and not appropriate for those with physical limitations.
Spring Native Plants Walk: Saco Heath
with Heather McCargo
Members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project: $20
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.
Sunset Canoe Tour
Members $12, Nonmembers $14
Experience the marsh at this beautiful time of day. See the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts, and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh.
Please arrive before 6:30 PM.
Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100.
Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
Members $3, Nonmembers $5
The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more.
We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.
Whip-poor-wills at The Plains
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $5 Nonmembers: $8
Join us for an evening walk around Kennebunk Plains listening for singing crepuscular birds. This site has become popular among birders for the variety of sparrows and uncommon nesting species but there are a few other specialties to be seen (or heard) after sunset. Out main target will be Eastern Whip-poor-wills but may also find American Woodcocks, Common Nighthawks, or Barred Owls.
Bring a flashlight and dress warm.