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May 2020

CANCELLED: Field Trip: Monhegan Island

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

*Due to the extension of the restrictions on gatherings in an effort to reduce cases of COVID-19, we are cancelling all of our May events.* 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…

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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

Cancelled: Field Trip: Scarborough Marsh

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

*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!* 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…

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Cancelled: Field Trip: Pine Point & Scarborough Marsh

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

*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!* 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…

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September 2020

Climate Change and the Decline of Birds: What Can be Done?

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A recently published study in Science reports that there are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America than there were in the 1970s. This news follows reports of declining insect populations and the overwhelming, far-reaching effects of climate change. What does it mean for Maine birds? How can we help? Join National Audubon’s Dr. Jeff Wells for a closer look at these subjects, stories of hope, and how all of us can push for positive changes that deal with…

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October 2020

Summering with Vultures

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our own Board member and local bird expert/author Don Reimer will present a lively Zoom pictorial portrait recounting his monitoring of a turkey vulture pair raising their chicks from egg through fledged independence. The October 15 talk at 6 pm will trace detailed weekly progress at the nest site throughout the 2019 summer nesting season, with updates from 2020. Maine’s turkey vulture population has expanded immensely since the state’s first nesting pair was discovered in the Camden Hills in 1982.…

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Fall Bird Seed Sale

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do your birds look hungry? You can stock up on seeds before the cold winter winds blow, and feel good about supporting your local Audubon Chapter at the same time! Proceeds from the bird seed sale help Mid-Coast Audubon provide free educational programs throughout the year. We now have TWO PICKUP LOCATIONS. Choose from these tasty varieties of seed to keep your birds well fed this spring and summer: Black oil sunflower seed 20 pounds for $18, 40 pounds for…

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