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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Harlequin – Winter 2015

Please click on this link to view the Winter 2015 issue of our Harlequin newsletter (with photos in full color!)

Harlequin winter 2015

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Gull ID Workshop with Derek Lovitch – Feb 7th-8th.

York County Audubon is pleased to be sponsoring a gull workshop with Derek Lovitch.  It will be in two parts:  an indoor workshop on Saturday Feb 7th at the Wells Reserve, and a Sunday morning field session in Portland.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Please click on the link on the calendar page or under “What’s Coming Up” for full details.

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YCAS announces the June Ficker Hog Island Scholarship for 2015

A view of Hog Island

Hog Island on midcoast Maine

YCAS will again be awarding a scholarship for the Educator’s Week program, July 19-24, 2015 on famed Hog Island. Check the Scholarship Programs link under the Community Involvement heading above for more information.  The application deadline is March 15th.

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Christmas Bird Counts Approaching!

Our two annual CBC’s will be here soon.  If you’d like to join us, please get in touch.

The Southern York County CBC (in the York/Cape Neddick area) will be on Monday, December 15th.  FMI, contact Pat Moynahan, 284-5487 or pmmoynahan@maine.rr.com.

The Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC will be held on Saturday December 27th (snow date: Sunday, Dec 28th).  FMI: contact Marie Jordan at 799-1408 or mijord@maine.rr.com.

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Annual Bird Seed Sale

Early Bird Pricing through 10/31

Keep your feathered friends happy this winter by treating them to high quality bird food and help support two of your favorite environmental organizations at the same time.  Each fall, York County Audubon joins forces with the Wells Reserve at Laudholm to offer this sale.

The seed from Blue Seal is fresh from the 2014 crop.  There’s a broad selection of seed and suet, and great prices, especially if you order by 10/31.  There’s easy access pickup at the Wells Reserve November 13-15th.

Please click on this link to access the order form:  Seed Sale 2014

Thanks for your support.  Your birds will thank you too!

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The Harlequin, Autumn 2014

Harlequin Autumn 2014

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  • Program to be presented in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
  • Come early to socialize
  • Come earlier to sit in on the Board Meeting
  • Program is free and open to the public, and starts at 7 p.m.

This film was screened recently, at the joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society.  It has received outstanding reviews and in July, it won first place in the non-commercial film division and was named “Film of the Year” at the 30th annual Animal Behavior Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. This amazing film captures the beauty of the bird while offering fascinating details on biology and natural history.  If you think the Junco is a common bird and you don’t give it a second thought -well you won’t make that mistake again!

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