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June 2020

Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Since the dawn of human imagination, we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverse immensities of space the way we cross the street. New research continually expands our understanding of where birds travel, and their migratory feats. But while the populations of many migratory birds are in drastic decline, there are many things we can do to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and…

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Field Trip: Bond Brook (Augusta) & Belgrade Lakes

June 5 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Damariscotta Hannaford, 469 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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*It is with disappointment that we have decided to cancel this field trip. We want to continue to honor the social distancing guidance, which makes carpooling for this longer trip unwise. We encourage you to make the trip on your own someday and enjoy the area!* The Bond Brook Recreation Area, behind the Augusta airport, has featured nesting prairie warblers for years. Of the 116 species seen, highlights include field and grasshopper sparrows, flycatchers, and brown thrashers. A visit to…

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Field Trip: Kennebunk Plains/Sanford Wastewater Lagoons

June 13 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 1,300-acre sandplain grasslands is home to breeding grassland species found almost nowhere else in the state such as grasshopper and vesper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and Eastern meadowlarks. The early successional stage of pitch pine barrens attracts warblers, buntings, and other forest edge species. The Sanford Lagoons is the most frequented birding spot in York County, and out of the 436 species of birds in Maine, about 230 have been spotted on the property. We will depart Damariscotta Hannaford at…

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August 2020

Field Trip: Scarborough Marsh

August 1 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Scarborough Marsh encompasses Maine’s largest expanse of salt marsh. This trip we will seek those earliest of migrants, shorebirds from the Arctic tundra. Owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the 3,100 acre estuary comprises tidal marsh, salt creeks, freshwater marsh, and uplands. Waterfowl, egrets, herons, glossy ibis and many species of shorebirds depend on this rich ecosystem for food, a place to rest during migration, and nesting habitat. The marsh is also an excellent…

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Field Trip: Pine Point & Scarborough Marsh

August 22 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hopefully, we will find the second migrating shorebird wave with this double header. We'll be seeking sandpipers and plovers at this lure for shorebirds seeking to fatten up for the long flight south. These areas also offer fine viewing of waterfowl and wading birds. Pine Point is where the Scarborough River empties into the Atlantic ocean. Scarborough Marsh encompasses Maine’s largest expanse of salt marsh. We will depart Damariscotta Hannaford at 7 am. We welcome birders of all skill levels. We'll enjoy…

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September 2020

Lobster Bake on Hog Island

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hog Island Audubon Camp, 12 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551-3233 United States
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Mid-Coast Audubon invites everyone to its annual lobster bake fundraiser at Hog Island Audubon camp with members of the Mid-Coast Audubon Board displaying their cooking talents and available to answer bird questions. A $50 per person donation covers boat transportation, a meal of a lobster, clams, potato, corn and onion, all baked over an open fire, plus lemonade, coffee and dessert, and the opportunity to explore the island before or after eating. Reserve your spot by sending a check to…

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