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Join us at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm every other Saturday this summer starting June 14th, for a guided bird walk around the Reserve property. Beginners are welcome. Please bring binoculars if you have them; if not, you can borrow some. These walks are free and open to the public. We meet in the parking lot, and reservations not required. Future dates are 6/28, 7/12 and 7/26, 8/9 and 8/23.
Join York County Audubon birders for 7 a.m. bird walks…
- 5-14 Wednesday: Rotary park, 550 Main Street, Biddeford
- 5-15 Thursday: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Beach Street (Route 9), Saco.
- 5-24 Saturday: Hattie’s 109 Mile Stretch Rd, Biddeford Pool
YCAS will again be awarding a scholarship for the Educator’s Week program, July 20-25, 2014 on famed Hog Island. Check the Scholarship Programs link under the Community Involvement heading above for more information. The application deadline is March 15th.
The great blue heron is often touted as one of the most widespread and adaptable birds in North America. Here in Maine they are certainly widespread, but recent data has suggested a decline in their breeding population especially along the coast. Concerns over a population decline prompted the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to conduct a comprehensive survey of breeding colonies in 2009, and to begin a statewide adopt-a-colony program called the Heron Observation Network. Join Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist with MDIFW’s Bird Group, to learn more about Maine’s largest colonial wading bird as well its close relatives.
The leader (Sue Bickford) and three observers came together for nearly 3 hours of “winged jewel” searching. With some netted and others photographed, we were able to identify these species:
- Ebony Jewelwing
- Variable Dancer
- Twelve-spotted Skimmer
- Green Darner (?)
- Widow Skimmer
- Little Wood-Satyr
- Eyed Brown
- Aphrodite Fritillary (?)
- American Copper
- Summer Azure
- Eastern Tailed Blue
- Common Wood-Nymph
- Cabbage White
- Northern Broken-Dash
- Broad-winged Skipper (?)
- Silver-spotted Skipper
Join Doug Hitchcox for a shorebird extravaganza. Meet and park at Buffleheads restaurant at 122 Hills Beach Road in Biddeford
Contact: Doug 207-671-0185.