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March 2020

Field Trip: Biddeford Pool and Environs

March 7 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Damariscotta Hannaford, 469 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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Common Eider by NRCM

This trip will bring fine viewing of sea birds, raptors, and early migrants. Biddeford Pool is a big sandy tidal area accessed through Hill’s Beach. Additional nearby location options include Pine Point where the Scarborough River empties into the Atlantic ocean, and Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest expanse of salt marsh. We welcome birders of all skill levels. We will depart Damariscotta Hannaford at 7 am. For more information, or in the event of inclement weather, please call Trip Leader, Dennis…

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April 2020

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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Join Trip Leader, Dennis McKenna, as we seek early migrants in two great birding spots near Damarsicotta. At the Great Salt Bay Farm we'll walk the meadow looking for savannah sparrows and bobolinks, scan the pond for ducks and geese, investigate the forest edges for early migrating warblers and songbirds, and then scan the Great Salt Bay for gulls, ducks, osprey and kingfishers. To start the day, we'll meet at 7:00 AM at the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust parking lot…

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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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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 western border of the park, and the mouth of Sheepscot Bay lies to the east. As many birders will attest, this is a great spot to see Piping Plovers and Least Terns. The saltmarsh along the Little River and behind Mile Beach provide feeding habitat for Common and Least Terns, and numerous species of herons…

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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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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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