Feathers over Freeport April 26 & 27, 2014 - A birdwatching weekend for all ages!

Park entry fees apply, all programs and activities included with park admission: Residents: $1. ages 5-11; free for under 5 and over 64; all other residents $3. Non-residents: Adults $4.50; Seniors $1.50; Children 5-11 $1. ; free for under 5

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069 / 688-4712

8-10 am - Bird Walk
Join us for a walk in the woods seeking out spring migrants and woodland residents. All levels of expertise welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Walk lead by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, and others.
Meet at the group picnic shelter.

9 am - 3 pm - Educational Displays
Get bird posters, while they last, courtesy of the Maine Wildlife Park and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Taste bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee. Start planning your summer visits to Maine Parks by picking up a Maine Park Passport - a handy pocket-size guide to the parks.
Located at the picnic shelter.

9 am - 5 pm - Hawk Watch at summit
Join a Raptor Biologist on the top of Bradbury Mountain. Learn how experts observe, identify and count all raptor and vulture species that fly past Bradbury Mountain. Note: Hike to summit is 1/4-mile - a steep, short 10-minutes; commands a great view. Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

10-11 am - Bird Walk for Children
Birding is cool! Birding is fun! Imagine something you can do anywhere. You hear a bird, tilt your head to listen, and are able to name the species just from the sound or a quick glimpse. Your friends will be impressed! Join a naturalist on this beginning birdwalk designed just for kids (children must be accompanied by parents or adults over 18). We will help you learn some of the basics of identifying birds. Led by Patty Bailey, retired Interpretive Specialist of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Meet at the picnic shelter.

10-12 noon - Hawk Watch Workshop
Find out what is so intriguing (and so much fun!) about hawk watching. Join us on the summit of Bradbury Mountain for an introduction to this facet of bird watching as we cover the basics, such as why we’re all standing around on this particular hill and how we conduct our research. Then, using visual aids and of course the birds themselves migrating over Bradbury Mountain, we will teach you what to look for in telling the different species of hawks apart from each other. Bring your own binoculars. Program led by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply.
Meet at the summit.
Note:
Hike to summit is 1/4-mile - a steep, short 10-minutes; commands a great view.

10 am - 2 pm Super Saturday Ice Cream Feast!
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream scooped up and served, while supplies last, by park volunteers. Ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry's.

10 am - 3 pm - Birding Fun & Games
Build a bird house or make a backyard bird feeder while supplies last. On-going hands-on activities, and crafts designed for children and families of beginning birders will be available. Program led by Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands staff and volunteers.
Located near picnic shelter and the playground.

1-2 pm - Live birds presentation - Birds of Prey Including an Eagle! by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings and golden eagle photofeaturing a Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk and a raven who thinks he is a bird of prey. Their stories will be told along with the natural history of each species. Sponsored by L.L.Bean.
Held at the picnic shelter.

2:30-4 pm - Vernal Pool Exploration: Wading into the Woodland Waters Vernal pools are temporary water bodies which fill from spring snowmelt and rains and provide breeding habitat for amphibians including Wood Frogs, Spotted Salamanders and invertebrates such as Fairy Shrimp. They are fishless features which are an important breeding habit for many species and provide a dizzying amount of biomass to the food web. Join wetland scientist Dave Brenneman from Boyle Associates and enjoy wading in the water. We will learn how to identify a vernal pool and the critters that live in them. Be prepared for wet conditions and wear appropriate footwear such as tall boots or “Wellies”.
Meet at the picnic shelter.

AND don't forget... at Wolfe's Neck Woods:

the Ospreys are there to watch!

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, ME 04032 / 865-4465

8-10 am - Bird Walk
Join us for a walk in the woods seeking out spring migrants and woodland residents. All levels of expertise welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Walk lead by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, and others.
Meet at the group picnic shelter.

9 am - 3 pm - Educational Displays
Get bird posters, while they last, courtesy of the Maine Wildlife Park and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Taste bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee. Start planning your summer visits to Maine Parks by picking up a Maine Park Passport - a handy pocket-size guide to the parks.
Located at the group picnic shelter.

10-11 am - Bird Walk for Children
Birding is cool! Birding is fun! Imagine something you can do anywhere. You hear a bird, tilt your head to listen, and are able to name the species just from the sound or a quick glimpse. Your friends will be impressed! Join a naturalist on this beginning birdwalk designed just for kids (children must be accompanied by parents or adults over 18). We will help you learn some of the basics of identifying birds. Led by David Rodrigues of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Meet at the group picnic shelter.

10 am - 3 pm - Osprey Watch
Get a close look at nesting ospreys through our spotting scope. Stop by for a quick look or stay as long as you like to ask questions and learn about their life story. Presented by Andrew Hutchinson, Park Manager, and park staff.
Meet at
the Osprey Sign across from Googins Island via either the White Pines Trail or Casco Bay Trail.

10 am - 3 pm - Birding Fun & Games
Learn to sing like a bird and birding basics through games, hands-on activities, and crafts designed for children and families of beginning birders. On-going activities held in the field near the group picnic shelter. Program led by Maine Bureau of Parks and Public Lands staff and volunteers.
Located in the field near the group picnic shelter.

11 am - 12 noon - Springtime Plant Walk
Join us for a one-hour stroll to locate and identify common early spring plants of Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Led by Michael Auger, avid botanist, Maine native and Director of Stewardship of the Androscoggin Land Trust.
Meet at
the group picnic shelter.

1-2 pm - Live Birds presentation - Including an Eagle!
by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings. Spend the afternoon with us! Wind Over Wings will present four special birds. Meet a little Eastern Screech-Owl; a bird considered most intelligent of birds, the Common Raven; a beautiful American Kestrel (falcon); and the king of all birds, the Golden Eagle. Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit environmental education service featuring magnificent birds unable to survive in the wild due to injury. Each bird is an individual and each has a story. Experience the wonder of being a few feet away of an eagle!
Held at the picnic shelter.

2:30 - 4 pm - Tracks & Signs of Maine Wildlife
Telltale clues are left behind by all wildlife. Learn how and where to look for tracks and sign from Joe Wiley, Wildlife Biologist, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Meet at the group picnic shelter.

 

AND don't forget... at Bradbury Mountain:

9 am - 5 pm - Hawk Watch at the Summit continues.
Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

Co-sponsored by

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