Birding Extravaganza

Four Conservation Organizations offer series of birding walks in the Midcoast Region

KELT, Merrymeeting AudubonHarpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust have collaborated to offer multiple opportunities to visit beautiful natural places and watch for a variety of birds from forests to farms to the shoreline.

 

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When: Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Topsham Public Library in Topsham

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust to learn more about Osprey and how you can get involved in Osprey Watch. This international citizen science projects makes it easy for anyone to monitor local Osprey nests and report data that helps us better understand this amazing and threatened species. FMI: www.btlt.org or lee@btlt.org .

 

When: Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: HHLT’s Curtis Farm Preserve in Harpswell

Join the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for Birding for Kids, a free, hands-on workshop for families. Participants will learn how to begin identifying birds through their shape, size, beaks, songs and habitat. The group will explore how differently shaped beaks are designed for different foods, listen to some common bird songs and go for a walk to try to identify birds using skills they’ve learned. Join us at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. Bring binoculars. FMI: www.hhltmaine.org, 207-837-9613,outreach@hhltmaine.org.

 

When: Friday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m.

Where: BTLT’s Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick

Join expert birder Jan Pierson for a popular annual outing to Brunswick Topsham Land Trust’s Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick.  This walk is through a variety of habitats, including fields, forests, and wetland. We hope to see sparrows, Bluebirds, Bobolinks, and several species of warblers. Bring your binoculars, and meet at Crystal Spring Farm’s Farmers’ Market Green on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick. FMI: Ted Allen, 207-729-8661.

 

When: Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: KELT’s Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek on Westport Island

Birders of all ages are invited to the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek on Westport Island to scout for birds on this new preserve led by volunteer and local birding enthusiast, Robert Carnicella. With a variety of habitats ranging from fields to woodlands to wetlands, Squam Creek is the perfect place to practice birding techniques. Wear boots or shoes that can get mucky and bring a pair of binoculars. Contact Becky at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400 to sign up and for driving directions.

 

When: Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: BTLT’s Bradley Pond Preserve in Topsham

Join us for the Bradley Pond Warbler Series in Topsham. This relatively easy walk passes through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. The easement includes varied habitats. We’ll focus on migrating land birds: warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows and an occasional raptor. Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 7:30 a.m. or at Bradley Pond Preserve, second parking lot at 8:00 a.m. FMI: Ted Allen, 207-729-8661, for Tuesday.

 

When: Saturday, May 27 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: KELT’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath

Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath. Overlooking Whiskeag Creek as it converges with the Kennebec River, the preserve is located on the Maine Birding Trail and is rich in migrating warblers and vireos.  Participants can meet at 7:30 a.m. at the CVS in Bath to carpool.  FMI: Ted Allen, 207-729-8661.

 

Past Events:

When: Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust in Harpswell

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a presentation titled: Herons in Migration. Hear about a new initiative to track the nesting, migration and wintering habits of Great Blue Herons and how the results so far tie in with what we know about the natural history and current status of Maine’s heron population. Our speaker is Danielle D’Auria of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. FMI: www.hhltmaine.org, 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org.