Teddy Roosevelt Days at the Seashore Trolley Museum, Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd

Did you know that TR was a dedicated birder?  Did you know that in 1914, he visited Maine and rode in a rail car named the Narcissus, which is now being restored at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport?

On August 1st and 2nd, a special weekend series of events will be exploring and celebrating these two realms. York County Audubon is one of many organizations that will be partnering with the Seashore Trolley Museum for this event.

Please check back soon for more details.  Preliminary information can be found here:  http://www.trolleymuseum.org/events/teddyrooseveltday  and here:  http://narcissus1912.blogspot.com/


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Saturday morning Summer Bird Walks

Join us at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm every other Saturday this summer starting June 13th, 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 6/27, 7/11 and 7/25, 8/8 and 8/22.  Meet at the parking lot at 7:30 a.m.  Walks typically last about 2 hours. The photo below shows a male Eastern Towhee, a bird regularly seen and heard at the Wells Reserve.


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Birding in the Land of the Midnight Sun – preceded by (brief!) Annual Meeting

June 16, 2015 – Brief annual meeting followed by: Birding in the Land of Midnight SunIceland abounds in natural splendor: Waterfalls and glaciers, panoramic views and otherworldly landscapes. It is a land of Northern Lights and midnight sun. And it is the realm of one of the world’s most charming and iconic birds: the Atlantic Puffin.

During the summer months, Iceland’s round-the-clock sunlight allows us to see a panoply of birds which accompany the puffins in nesting frenzy. Come along with Shawn Carey, one of New England’s leading wildlife photographers, as he shares images and stories from his recent journey across Iceland. Along the way, we’ll meet Black-tailed Godwits, Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Razorbills, and Black Guillemots.  We’ll visit fjords, mountains, grasslands, and lava fields.  Join us as we explore the wildlife and wonder of Iceland and discover why it’s a place no birder should miss.

The Annual Meeting and Midnight Sun program will be held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at 7 p.m.


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June 15 - Puffin

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Annual Election of Officers and Directors

The Nominating Committee has presented a slate of Officers and Directors to the YCA Board, and that slate has been approved by the Directors.  At the Annual Meeting on June 16th, the following slate of Officers shall be voted upon by the Membership:  Bill Grabin, President, Anne Watson, Vice President, Kathy Donahue, Treasurer, and Monica Grabin, Secretary, as well as the following slate of Directors:  David Doubleday, Ellen Doubleday, Doug Hitchcox, Ken Janes, Pat Moynihan, Bob Watson, Eileen Willard, Marian Zimmerman

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The Harlequin, Spring 2015

Harlequin spring 2015

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Photography Through A Positive Lens with Steve Morello – May 19th

May 19 2015, - Photography Through A Positive Lens.  Steve Morello has been a professional nature photographer for over 30 years and has photographed for many prestigious publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, and World Wildlife Fund. Steve is a photo instructor for Lindblad / National Geographic Expeditions and teaches at the National Audubon Society’s Camp at Hog Island in Maine.  Come share his images from around the world and learn how having the right attitude about your photography is just as important as knowing about F-stops and shutter speeds. Some of the topics you will explore are telling a story with your images, and making your images a reflection of your vision.  This program is designed to give participants a new way of looking at photography.  It is geared to all levels of photographers whether you are a seasoned photographer or just a beginner.  The program will be held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at 7 p.m.

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Birds, “Birdsongs” and Mr. Barry – May 5th

William Edward Barry, who lived from 1846 to 1932, was a man of many interests. Among them were natural history and ornithology. Although an amateur, he kept careful notebooks with beautiful line drawings of the things he saw.  He also collected and stuffed bird specimens which he found around Kennebunk.  The Brick Store Museum has, among its collections, cases of Barry’s mounted birds, many of which have never been exhibited, nor identified.  A current small exhibit of William Barry’s work will be ending in early May.  As a closing celebration, the Museum, with the help of York County Audubon, will have a public viewing of all of Barry’s birds, a quiz on bird identification, and a concert by Monica Grabin called “Birdsongs.”

Monica Grabin

Before Tuesday’s event, Maine Audubon staff naturalist and York County Audubon Board member Doug Hitchcox will ID the birds, and then all you local bird watchers will have a chance to test your skills.  It can be tricky, since some of the specimens are faded with time.  Cynthia Walker will give a brief talk about William Barry’s life and the Museum’s collection, and then Monica Grabin will finish the evening with “Birdsongs.” The concert is a look at songs we sing about birds, and some songs she has written which poke a little fun at our efforts to get to know them better. It’s entertaining, and informational, too.

This is the first time York County Audubon has partnered with the Brick Store Museum in an event, and we’re delighted to be able to do so. We hope you’ll come join us!  The program will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane Street in Kennebunk.  Tickets are $8 per person, or $4 for members of the Museum or York County Audubon.

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Warbler Workshop with Doug Hitchcox, April 24th


Just in time for their spring arrival, Maine Audubon’s Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will hold a two hour workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.  The workshop will be held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve on Friday, April 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Friday evening workshop will be followed by an ID walk and review on Sunday morning, April 26th from 7 a.m. till 10 a.m., also at the Wells Reserve.

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An enthusiastic birder, Doug set the Big Year record for Maine birds with 314 species in 2011. In his spare time, he also runs the Maine-birds listserv, serves as Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee and is one of Maine’s eBird reviewers.

Space is limited and advance registration (via this website) is required.  Fee of $10 is payable by cash or check at the Friday evening workshop.

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Whale Conservation Research in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, April 21

Come join us for our April program meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday the 21st - Whale Conservation Research in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.   Dr. David Wiley is the Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and leader of the Office of National Marine Sanctuary’s Center of Excellence for Acoustic Research and Marine Mammal Conservation.  Currently he is leading a multi-organizational study using advanced telemetry and novel visualization software to explore the underwater behavior of endangered whales.  His results have appeared in numerous scientific journals and he has received many awards for his science efforts.  His research has been featured in several television documentaries and he was profiled in the recently published WILDLIFE HEROES, as one of the 40 top wildlife conservationists of our time.   Location:  the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

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Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve:  Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle! Presented by Marie Jordan.   Japan has several claims to fame as a travel destination, but relatively few people think of the country as a wildlife destination-in winter!  Highlights of Marie’s trip included thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes found on the fabulous island of Kyushu, third largest of Japan’s four islands, and the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and majestic Steller’s Eagles on the larger island of Hokkaido.   She will include other bird species, interesting places and sights seen as she traveled through the country.

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