Partnering With Beavers to Heal the Planet – with Ben Goldfarb – Tuesday, November 16th

The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans and other birds lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans than those without them.

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist and an excellent speaker. His recent book Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers.

In this very enjoyable talk, Ben will illustrate the history of this world-changing species and demonstrate how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change. His discussion will reveal the benefits to birds and wildlife that are possible when we coexist with this important if sometimes challenging species.

Goldfarb is the winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and Eager was named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post.  His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Science, National Geographic, The New York Times, Audubon Magazine and many others.

The program will begin at 7 p.m.  There’s no charge to participate, but advance registration is required. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

LINK TO REGISTER

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope you can join us!

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The 2022 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. We’ve always presented them at our fall program meetings, but again this year, that’s not possible, so we’re making them 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 $6.75 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 postage rates reflect the latest USPS increases.)

Thank you!

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Our 2021 Bird Seed Sale is Coming!

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 30th.  The instructions for ordering are on the order form which you can access via the link below.

Order pick up (and additional opportunity for purchases) will be at the Wells Reserve on Friday, November 12th from 1 – 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov 13th 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: https://www.wellsreserve.org/writable/files/2021-order-form.pdf

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A Video of our October program: Peregrine Falcon Restoration in Acadia National Park – with Patrick Kark

This program was presented on September 21, 2021. Please click on the link below to watch the program. You can also scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description.

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Peregrine Falcon Restoration in Acadia National Park – with Patrick Kark – Tuesday, September 21st

The Peregrine Falcon is thought to be the fastest animal on earth. Want to learn more?  On Tuesday, September 21st, York County Audubon will present a Zoom program entitled:  Peregrine Falcon Restoration in Acadia National Park with Park Ranger Patrick Kark.

Peregrine Falcon – photo courtesy of Maine IFW

The Peregrine Falcon was one of the first species to be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, and the species’ recovery is one of the Act’s greatest success stories. Acadia National Park has a storied history in the Peregrine Project.  Join Ranger Patrick Kark as he discusses this success story and tells of the interesting places Acadia’s falcons have impacted far outside the park’s borders. 

Peregrine Falcon chicks back in their scrape after being banded

Acadia also hosts the Cadillac Mountain Hawkwatch which is in its 27th counting season this fall.  Find out how Cadillac fits into the larger network of raptor migration monitoring sites across the continent.  Unlike other watch sites, Cadillac Mountain usually gives viewers unusual perspectives of birds that might include face-to-face photos of raptors that cross the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard. 

Patrick Kark came to Maine in 2014 as Acadia’s raptor intern. He has worked eight seasons at the park as an ornithology park ranger and is currently working as a visual information specialist for the park.

The program will begin at 7 p.m.  There’s no charge to participate, but advance registration is required. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M1dJkSsYSVqLTKweZpvVQA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope you can join us!

To show our appreciation for raptors, YCA is making a contribution to The Peregrine Fund.  You can find out more and make a donation if you wish by visiting www.peregrinefund.org

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A Video of our June program: Birds of SE Asia: a focus on Cambodian Natural History

This program was presented on June 15, 2021. Please scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description.

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Birds of SE Asia: a focus on Cambodian Natural History – with Howie Nielsen – Tuesday, June 15th

Ever wondered what birds might be found in Cambodia?  On Tuesday, June 15th, York County Audubon will present a Zoom program entitled: Birds of SE Asia: a focus on Cambodian Natural History with Howie Nielsen.

Doctor Howie Nielsen is a world class birder who lives in Lincoln County, Maine. Getting hooked on birds when he was in graduate school, Howie’s birding adventures have allowed him to be involved in studying flora and fauna while traveling in multiple countries. He’s now a retired dentist who has volunteered his services in six different countries.

For 10 years Howie was in and out of Cambodia, where he was Training Adviser for the Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation, a local affiliate of Wildlife Conservation Society. During his time in Cambodia he participated in bird surveys, developed a cohort of Cambodian bird guides, guided bird tours, and sampled bird populations for dangerous strains of avian influenza virus.  His program will give an overview of Cambodia ecosystems and their associated bird life. He will share some of his exciting experiences doing field work in the SE Asian bush such as the discovery of a bird previously unknown to science.

York County Audubon will be presenting this program online on Tuesday, June 15th at 7 p.m.  There’s no charge to participate, but you need to register in advance to watch this program. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mBLhXFYTQG2Z2qUXrzjBnQ

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

We hope you can join us!

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Ravens, Wolves and People – with John Marzluff – Tuesday, May 18th

On May 18th, Wildlife professor John Marzluff will bring us an exciting program on recent work in Yellowstone National Park which looked at interactions between ravens, wolves, and people.  Ravens are known to scavenge food from wolves and people but the relationship has not been well studied.

In 2019 Matthias Loretto and presenter John Marzluff began tagging ravens in Yellowstone with radio transmitters that are similar to the transmitter in your mobile device.  After tagging and following many ravens they were able to relate raven’s movements to the activities of people and wolves. From this the scientists gained a better understanding of the degree to which ravens rely on people and wolves.  Ravens have extensive knowledge of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.  You will be surprised at the diverse ways they take advantage of human activities within this 6500 square mile area.

For decades, John has done research on corvids- a family of birds that includes ravens, crows, jays, and magpies. His work has benefited birds all over the world, from pinyon jays in Arizona, ravens in Greenland and golden eagles and prairie falcons in Idaho to Washington State’s goshawks and the endangered Hawaiian hawk, one of the rarest birds in the world.

John Marzloff PhD is a professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. He is the author of several books including, In the Company of Crows and Ravens; Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans; and Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife.

York County Audubon will be presenting this program online on Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.  There’s no charge to participate, but you need to register in advance to watch this program. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vSf9GtzyRKeP6iijpd_qvg

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

We hope you can join us!

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The Harlequin – Spring 2021

Please click on the link below to view the Autumn 2020 issue of our Harlequin newsletter

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A Video of our April Program: Decades of Change in Maine’s Birds

This program was presented on April 20, 2021. Scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description. Note that the recording starts after the introduction, but includes the full program.

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