The 2023 Maine Birds Desk Calendar is now available!

For many years, our former Board member, Marie Jordan, an avid birder and photographer, has produced a calendar and offered it for sale, graciously donating the calendars to YCA to support our educational programs. As many of our programs are now presented via Zoom, so we’re making the calendars available by mail. 

It’s a desk calendar in a 4” by 6” plastic case that opens into a stand to display each month. Each page features a great photo she took this year of a Maine bird. The cost is $10 plus mailing costs. They’re wonderful anywhere in the house, and also make great gifts! And York County Audubon tremendously appreciates your support for our programs.

To place an order, please make out a check payable to York County Audubon, write Calendar in the memo line, and mail it to Marie Jordan, 32 Crestview Drive, South Portland, ME 04106.  Be sure to include the address or addresses that the calendar(s) should be sent to.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marie at wooddk5555@gmail.com.

The costs including postage and handling are:

1 calendar – $10 plus $4.50 postage and handling

2 calendars (mailed to one address) – $20 plus $5.50 postage and handling

3 calendars (mailed to one address) – $30 plus $9.50 postage and handling

4 calendars (mailed to one address) – $35 plus $9.50 postage and handling

(Note: these rates reflect the latest USPS increases.)

Thank you!

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Intro to Foraging – with Dan Gardoqui – Sunday, Oct 2nd

Are you curious about wild foods and foraging during this season of abundance? Does uncertainty and concern stop you from sampling healthy, wild foods? Come spend a morning at the Wells Reserve with forager and expert naturalist Dan Gardoqui of Lead with Nature. On Sunday morning, Oct 2nd, from 9 till noon, YCA is pleased to co-host this program with the Wells Reserve.

We’ll stroll the fields, forests and shorelines, all the while connecting with the wild plants, trees, fungi and more with all of our senses. Participants should be prepared to walk a few miles, dress for the weather, and bring along a water bottle. Please note that foraging is NOT permitted at the Wells Reserve outside of this program. We encourage you to find legal places to forage near your home.

Dan Gardoqui has been studying naturalist skills, wildlife tracking, bird language, and mentoring for nearly 30 years. Dan has a M.S. in Natural Resources, is a Certified Wildlife Tracker, Registered Maine Guide, and served as Science Faculty at Granite State College. Through wildlife tracking, Dan has contributed to wildlife studies and served as science editor for the bird language book What the Robin Knows. Dan co-founded and led the nature connection nonprofit, White Pine Programs for 20 years. He currently runs Lead with Nature, where he helps leaders find success and meaning through nature-based consulting services & adventures.

The cost for the workshop is $25 for members (of YCA or the Wells Reserve), or $30 for non-members.  Space is limited.  To reserve a spot, please email suzanne@wellsnerr.org or call (207) 646-1555 x116.  Please note: Program fee does not include site admission fee. 

We hope you can join us!

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A video of our September program: “11 Days in the Galapagos”

This program was presented on September 13, 2022 at the Wells Reserve. To watch the program, please click on the image below to watch it on this page, and you can also click on “Watch on Youtube.” (We also recommend clicking on the little white square in the bottom right corner of that viewing screen to convert the image to “full screen”). For a full description, you can scroll down to the original post for the program.

The audio quality on a few video clips did not reproduce well in the Zoom broadcast, so we’ve post those clips below so that they can be fully appreciated!

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Video Clips from our Galapagos program: #1 – Frigatebird Courtship

As mentioned above, the audio quality on a few of the video clips did not reproduce well in the Zoom broadcast, so we’ve post those clips so that they can be fully appreciated!

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Video Clips from our Galapagos program: #2 – Nazca Booby Chick

As mentioned above, the audio quality on a few of the video clips did not reproduce well in the Zoom broadcast, so we’ve post those clips so that they can be fully appreciated!

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Video clips from our Galapagos program: #3 – Albatross Courtship

As mentioned above, the audio quality on a few of the video clips did not reproduce well in the Zoom broadcast, so we’ve post those clips so that they can be fully appreciated!

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Video clips from our Galapagos program: #4 – San Cristobal Mockingbird

As mentioned above, the audio quality on a few of the video clips did not reproduce well in the Zoom broadcast, so we’ve post those clips so that they can be fully appreciated!

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“11 Days in the Galapagos” with Laurie Pocher, Tuesday, September 13th – In-person and by Zoom

On Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 p.m., York County Audubon is pleased to host Laurie Pocher who will present a program on the Galapagos.  This program will be held in-person in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve, and will also be available for viewing via Zoom. This will be our first in-person program in over two years, and we hope you can join us! The program will be held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The entrance to the Wells Reserve parking lot is off Skinner Mill Rd in Wells, and the auditorium is in the barn, directly up the path from the parking lot.

Giant Tortoise

Charles Darwin spent five weeks in the Galapagos Islands in 1835, and this visit helped inspire his theories of evolution and natural selection. In 1959, 97% of the Galapagos was declared a National Park. Thanks to the archipelago’s remote location, absence of predators, and conservation efforts, many Galapagos animals remain curious and unafraid of humans to this day. Visitors to the islands are often treated to close encounters with Blue-Footed Boobies, Waved Albatross, Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, and Sea Lions.

The flora and fauna in this remote location are impacted by both equatorial sun and cool waters from the Humboldt and Cromwell currents, resulting in a mix of both tropical and temperate environments. As a result, there are many endemic species that can only be found in the Galapagos.

Laurie Pocher – a York County Audubon Board member and nature photographer – recently returned from the Galapagos, where she spent 11 days on a photography tour of the major islands. Over the last few weeks, she’s been combing through thousands of photos and videos, compiling a day-by-day recap of her “11 Days in the Galapagos.”

We’ll be attempting a hybrid approach by which this program will also be available live via Zoom.  To watch via Zoom, you need to pre-register.  To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WDcwf75bQB-uxHAgTfFrYQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The in-person program at the Wells Reserve will also feature a “bird book” sale.  Pat Moynahan, whom we honored with a memorial concert in June, donated her large collection of birding books to YCA, and we’ll be offering them at this September meeting, with the proceeds being used to support YCA programs and projects, and the Maine Young Birders Club.

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Wildlife Track and Sign by the Sea – with Dan Gardoqui

Many people think of “tracking” as something best done when snow is on the ground, but the sands of Laudholm Beach reveal the stories of a diverse array of birds, mammals and invertebrates. On Saturday morning, July 16th, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m., YCA and the Wells Reserve are pleased to host a seaside workshop that will help to reveal such signs and tales. Join Certified Wildlife Tracker and Maine Guide Dan Gardoqui for an enlightening morning of decoding stories in the sand. Participants will need to walk about 3 miles and spend time on uneven surfaces. Please bring your own water and snacks.

Dan Gardoqui has been studying naturalist skills, wildlife tracking, bird language, and mentoring for nearly 30 years. Dan has a M.S. in Natural Resources, is a Certified Wildlife Tracker, Registered Maine Guide, and served as Science Faculty at Granite State College. Through wildlife tracking, Dan has contributed to wildlife studies and served as science editor for the bird language book What the Robin Knows. Dan co-founded and led the nature connection nonprofit, White Pine Programs for 20 years. He currently runs Lead with Nature, where he helps leaders find success and meaning through nature-based consulting services & adventures.

The cost for the workshop is $25 for members (of YCA or the Wells Reserve), or $30 for non-members.  Space is limited.  To reserve a spot, please email suzanne@wellsnerr.org or call (207) 646-1555 x116.

We hope you can join us!

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A Video of our June program: Bird Songs with Monica Grabin

This program was presented on June 21, 2022. To watch the program, please click on the “Play” button – OR – click on “Youtube” – in the video screen below. You can also scroll down to the original post for this program to read a full description.

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