Winter Wildlife Tracking with Dan Gardoqui – Sunday, Feb 5th

Can you tell the tracks of a fox from a fisher? Ever trailed a porcupine to its den? Join Certified Wildlife Tracker and Registered Maine Guide Dan Gardoqui for an outdoor adventure. This workshop is open to all curious adults (& interested teens). We’ll spend half a day seeking out, interpreting and following the tracks, trails and signs of our wild neighbors living on the Wells Reserve. Bring your own food/snacks and dress warmly.

Dan Gardoqui has been passionately connecting people to the more-than-human-world for over 30 years. He has a M.S. in Natural Resources and has served as faculty for multiple colleges. Through wildlife tracking, Dan has contributed to wildlife studies (including wolf, lynx and flying squirrel) and served as science editor for the bird language book What the Robin Knows. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature, where he offers nature-based consulting, online classes and guiding for businesses and individuals.

Group size is limited to 15 people, and advance registration is required.  This program is co-sponsored by YCA and the Wells Reserve.  The price is $25/person ($30/person for non-members).  Members of either YCA or the Wells Reserve qualify the members rate.  To reserve your space, please email suzanne@wellsnerr.org or call (207) 646-1555 x116.

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“A World on the Wing” with Scott Weidensaul via Zoom, Tuesday, November 15th

In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations―how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis―is nothing short of extraordinary.

A flock of shorebirds in Dongling, China

On Tuesday, November 15th, please join York County Audubon for a Zoom presentation: “A World on the Wing” with Scott Weidensaul.  Based on his bestselling book of the same name, author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe — with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterranean, where activists and police are battling bird poachers — to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world’s great bird migrations.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of nearly 30 books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind and his latest, the New York Times bestseller A World on the Wing. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications, including Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds in the East, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

This program will be presented via Zoom.  There’s no charge, but you need to register in advance.  To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jvj4zeVbTSK5wW53q4SstQ

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

We hope you can join us!

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2022 Bird Seed Sale – Early Bird Pricing Deadline is October 28th

Keep your feathered friends happy this winter by treating them to tasty and fresh, premium quality bird food and help support two of your favorite environmental organizations at the same time.  Profits from our annual sale support the educational programs of both York County Audubon and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.  A wide variety of types of seed and suet is available, with great pricing, especially if you order early.

Early bird pricing is available if you place your order by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 28th.  The instructions for ordering are on the order form which you can access via the link in red below.

Order pick up (and additional opportunity for purchases) will be at the Wells Reserve on Friday, November 4th from 1 – 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov 5th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with easy access and volunteers on hand to help load your car. 

For more information, please access the order form via this link:

seed-sale-2022

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A Video of our October Program: All the Best Birds in Maine with Nick Lund

This program was presented on October 18, 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 description of the program, you can scroll down to the original post for the program.

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The Harlequin – Autumn 2022

Please click on the link below to view the Autumn 2022 issue of our Harlequin newsletter:

http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Harlequin-Autumn-2022.pdf

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“All the Best Birds in Maine” with Nick Lund – Tuesday, Oct 18th, in-person and via Zoom

Maine is a top destination for birders, as it’s known for the wonderful species that are regularly found here, as well as a good number of rarities that frequently drop by.  One of those most familiar with this world is Nick Lund, who’s well known to birders throughout Maine and far beyond its borders.  On Tuesday, October 18th,  at 7 p.m., please join us for Nick’s program, “All the Best Birds of Maine,” as Nick will take us on a whirlwind tour of as many of Maine’s “best” birds as he can squeeze into an hour of entertaining facts and anecdotes.

Nick is the author of the American Birding Association’s newly released ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Maine.  He’s been well known for years as the man beyond the popular birding blog known as “The Birdist.”  His birding and nature writing has appeared in Audubon magazine, Slate.com, the Washington Post, NationalGeographic.com, the Maine Sportsman, Down East magazine, Popular Science and others.  A Maine native, he’s a graduate of the UMO School of Law, and worked in Washington, D.C. on protecting our national parks, before (wisely) electing to return to Maine and join Maine Audubon as its Advocacy and Outreach Manager.

This program will be presented in-person in the Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, and will also be viewable via Zoom.  To view via Zoom, you’ll need to register in advance.

To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-o597jj1SV2p4p8OqKLHHA

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

We hope you can join us in-person, or, if not, via Zoom!

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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 $5.00 postage and handling

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

3 calendars (mailed to one address) – $30 plus $10.50 postage and handling

4 calendars (mailed to one address) – $35 plus $10.50 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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