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April 2020

Canceled: Field Trip: Local Damariscotta Area Bird Walk

April 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Salt Bay Farm, 110 Belvedere Rd.
Damariscotta, 04543 United States
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In an effort to lower the curve of the spread of the COVID 19 virus, we are going to cancel this field trip. Please check back for future field trip status updates. We hope you will enjoy some birding on your own (maintaining safe distances), and that we can all gather together again in the near future! *********************************************** Join Trip Leader, Dennis McKenna, as we seek early migrants in two great birding spots near Damarsicotta. At the Great Salt Bay…

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Canceled: Field Trip: Reid State Park

April 25 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Damariscotta Hannaford, 469 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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In an effort to lower the curve of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are canceling this field trip. Please check back for future field trip status updates. We hope you will enjoy some birding on your own (maintaining safe distances), and that we can all gather together again in the near future! ******************************************** Reid State Park in Georgetown is characterized by a broad sandy beach, dunes, and coastal woodland. The tidal marsh of the Little River flanks the…

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May 2020

Field Trip: Sears Island

May 9 @ 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Damariscotta Hannaford, 469 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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Join us as we seek spring migrants at this mid-coast birding hotspot in Searsport. During spring migration, many species rest and feed on the island during their long northbound trip. Warblers galore! Some are here to stay (Chestnut-sided, Black and White, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart) and some have farther to go (Wilson’s, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll). Other songbirds include Scarlet Tanager, thrushes, flycatchers, and White-throated Sparrow. The site is easy to navigate as the trails are mostly…

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Field Trip: Viles Arboretum, Augusta

May 12 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St.
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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Join us as we continue our pursuit of spring migrants at this noted hotspot. The 224-acre Pine Tree State Arboretum has fields, marshes, ponds, gardens, and woods making for a diverse habitat for birds. Bobolinks, bluebirds, and tree sparrows can be seen in the meadows, warblers in the woods, and ducks and wading birds in the ponds. Depending on reports, we may initially look for Louisiana Waterthrushes at nearby Vaughn Woods. We will meet at Viles Arboretum at 7:00 AM.…

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Field Trip: Evergreen Cemetary/Capisic Pond, Portland

May 16 @ 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Damariscotta Hannaford, 469 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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Evergreen Cemetary and its surrounding 100-acre forest in Portland is a warbler haven in May, with owls, hawks, ducks, and herons possible at the ponds. We will continue to seek spring migrants at this, historically, one of our most successful field trips. Last year we found an excellent variety of warblers including a Kentucky. Thrushes are vocal and common at this time of year. Capisic Pond is Portland's largest freshwater pond and can turn up orioles, waterbirds, warblers and a…

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Field Trip: Monhegan Island

May 23 @ 6:45 am - 5:30 pm

Monhegan Island is 10-miles off the coast and is a magnet for migrating warblers and other songbirds. We’ll see hawks, falcons, marsh birds, and many seabirds from the boat and shore. A stop at the Monhegan Brewery is a great end to a wonderful day of birding. Reserve your ferry tickets in advance. We will meet at Monhegan Boat Line in Port Clyde at 6:45 am.

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June 2020

For the Birds! Bobolink Walk and Bird Habitat Talk

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The public is invited to take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat! Join Mid-Coast Audubon, the Georges River Land Trust, and naturalist/author Scott Weidensaul for a walk on Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in South Thomaston to discuss the importance of grassland habitat in the northeast for declining species of migratory birds. A particular focus will be the area’s healthy population of bobolinks, newly returned from South America and performing their spectacular song-flight displays. Scott Weidensaul is the…

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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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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 Belgrade Lakes offers a mix of fresh water and northern hardwood forest species with highlights including black terns, sandhill cranes, purple martins, and many warbler species. We will depart Damariscotta Hannaford at 7 am. We welcome birders of all skill levels. For more information, or in…

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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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