“Feathers over Freeport” Offers Birding Fun for All Ages

April 17, 2014

For more information, contact: Andy Hutchinson at (207) 865-4465

AUGUSTA – The fourth annual “Feathers over Freeport” event will take place the last weekend in April. This unique event is designed to appeal to birdwatchers of all abilities, especially families and children.

“Feathers over Freeport” will highlight special birding opportunities at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, including the Hawk Watch at the summit, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, home to nesting ospreys.

Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Freeport Wild Bird Supply, the two-day event will feature a wide variety of activities and presentations, including live-bird presentations, bird walks for adults and children, a hawk watch workshop and numerous children’s activities.

Details of the event are:

Feathers over Freeport:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

Park entry fees apply; all programs and activities included with park admission.

Two special programs will highlight the event, including a live bird presentation on birds of prey, scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Bradbury Mountain and a live birds presentation scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at Wolfe’s Neck. The programs, presented by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, will feature a Golden Eagle on both days, as well as other live birds.

Programs this year include a Vernal Pool Exploration and Hawk Watch Workshop on Saturday, and new Springtime Plant Walk and Tracks & Signs of Maine Wildlife programs on Sunday. Bird-related activities geared toward children and families will be offered both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where birding basics will be presented through games, crafts, and hands-on activities.

For more information about “Feathers over Freeport” and a complete listing of activities, go to: http://www.maine.gov/feathersoverfreeport

Or by calling the parks: Bradbury Mountain State Park at (207) 688-4712 or Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park at (207) 865-4465.

For more information about Maine state parks and historic sites, go to:
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/index.shtml