Four Conservation Organizations offer series of birding walks in the Midcoast Region
KELT, Merrymeeting Audubon, Harpswell 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.
Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 am
Join us for a walk through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath led by Merrymeeting Audubon’s Ted Allen. The group will hike along Whiskeag Creek, a tidal influenced stream that flows into the Kennebec River. Birders will seek migrating waterfowl including Canada geese, black ducks, mallards, blue- and green-winged teal, and common mergansers. Participants can meet at 7:30am at the CVS in Bath to carpool. FMI: Ted Allen, 207-729-8661.
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30-9 am
Join us for a birding walk at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve (1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell). John Berry will lead participants through fields and forest to look and listen for a wide range of spring birds. Find out why local birders come back again and again to this birding hotspot. Bring binoculars and sturdy walking shoes. Space is limited and advance registration is required. FMI: www.hhltmaine.org, email@example.com, 207-837-9613.
Thursday, May 10 and
Friday, May 11 at 7:30 am
Join Jan Pierson for the 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 at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Lee Cataldo at the BTLT office at 207-729-7694.
Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 am
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.?
Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 pm and
Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 am
Join the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for an Intro to Birding for Adults series. On Thursday, June 14 at 6:30-8 p.m. at HHLT’s office (153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell), participate in a classroom session and then join the field trip to a local site on Saturday, June 16 at 8-9:30 am (rain date June 17). Perhaps you enjoy looking at the birds around your house – even putting out bird feeders to attract more birds. In time, though, you want to see some birds that never come to your feeder. Or maybe you just want an ‘excuse’ to explore Harpswell’s many beautiful trails. In either case, you’re not sure how to start being a ‘birder’? You see birders with all kinds of expensive equipment and ‘funny’ clothes, and it’s a bit intimidating. What equipment do I really need? Or maybe you’ve even done a little birding on and off, but would like to pick up some bird identification tips to make your outings even more fruitful. You know there are loads of books and apps to help identify birds, but which ones are best for a novice birder? This two session class led by Judy Marino is for you! Space is limited and advance registration is required. FMI: www.hhltmaine.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-837-9613.