Feathers over Freeport April 27 & 28, 2019
A birdwatching weekend for all ages!

Saturday, April 27 at Bradbury Mt. State Park
Sunday, April 28 at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

2018 listing of activities is below.

Photos by Freeport Wild Bird Supply on their Facebook page.

Event Admission:

Park entry fees apply, all programs and activities included with paid park admission: ME Residents: Adults aged 12-64: $4; Ages 5-11: $1; ages under 5 and over 65: free. Non-ME residents: Adults $6; Ages 65+: $2.00; Children 5-11 $1. ; ages under 5: free.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069 / (207) 688-4712

8 - 10 am - Bird Walk: Join us for a walk in the woods seeking out spring migrants and woodland residents. All levels welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Walk led 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.  Learn what other Maine State Parks have to offer! Located in the Day Use Area.

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 bird walk 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. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

10 am - 3 pm - Food Trucks: Tacos Del Seoul will have everything you need for a delicious meal followed by the Marshmallow Cart serving up a variety of warm s'mores for dessert. Located in the Day Use Area.

9 am - 5 pm - Hawk Watch at the 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 15-minutes; commands a great view. Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

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 the Bureau of Parks and Lands staff and volunteers. Located in the Group Day Use Area and the Playground.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm - 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 15-minutes; commands a great view.

1 - 2:30 pm - Vernal Pool Exploration - Wading into the Woodland Waters:  Vernal pools are temporary water bodies which fill from snowmelt and spring rains and provide breeding habitat for amphibians including wood frogs, several species of mole salamanders and invertebrates such as fairy shrimp. Vernal pools make up an important base of the food web and provide a vast amount of biomass to the landscape. Join wetland scientists Lauren Leclerc and Dave Brenneman on a journey through this wonderful and incredibly important wetland habitat. 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 for a hike of about 1.4-miles round-trip. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

1 - 2 pm - Springtime Plant Walk:  Join a ranger for a one-hour stroll to locate and identify common spring plants of Bradbury Mountain State Park.  Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

2 - 3 pm - Track and Plaster: Join park staff to look at tracks left by the animals that call Bradbury Mountain State Park home. This is a fun learning activity for kids as they will look at tracks, learn how to identify them, and then be able to make a plaster cast of the tracks they find. Located in the Day Use Area.

3 - 4 pm - The Owls of Maine. Habits and Adaptations of Maine’s Native Owls: Three live owls are the highlight of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl. Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light! Put on by the Chewonki Traveling History Programs and Sponsored by Royal River Conservation Trust. Located in the Day Use Area at the Group Picnic Shelter.

7:30 - 9 pm - Night Hike and Ask a Ranger: Come out and enjoy a night hike on the Knights Woods Trail at Bradbury Mountain, led by Park Rangers and Environmental Stewards. You will experience the sights and sounds of some of the critters that habitat the park at night. Followed by an evening campfire at the group picnic shelter were staff will answer questions and have an open discussion on anything that people want to chat about. Wear appropriate footwear for a hike of about 1-mile round-trip and have a headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, ME 04032 / (207) 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 led 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. Learn what other Maine state parks have to offer!  Located near 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 bird walk 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. 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 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:  Build a birdhouse, learn to sing like a bird and learn birding basics through games, hands-on activities, and crafts designed for children and families of beginning birders. The on-going activities are led by Maine Bureau of Parks and Public Lands staff and volunteers. Located in the Group Picnic Shelter Field.

10 am - 3 pm - Food Trucks:  Mami will have everything you need for a delicious meal followed by the Marshmallow Cart serving up a variety of warm s'mores for dessert. Setup will be near the Group Picnic Shelter.

11 - 12 am - Springtime Plant Walk:  Join a Park Ranger Tami Bill for a one-hour stroll to locate and identify common spring plants of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park.  Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

12 - 1 pm - Animal Tracks: Come join educators to look at tracks left by the animals that call Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park home. This is a fun learning activity for kids as they will look at tracks, learn how to identify them and then make a plaster cast of the tracks they find. Meet near the Group Picnic Shelter.

1 - 2 pm - Raptors, Reptiles, and Mammals: Focusing on animals that live in Maine, Center for Wildlife will provide an in-depth introduction to the unique differences between raptors, reptiles, and mammals. Using live animals and interactive displays, the answers to these and other questions will be revealed. Sponsored by Bow Street Market & Freeport Conservation Trust. Held at the Group Picnic Shelter.

2 - 3 pm - Drawing Birds Workshop: Michael Boardman, North Yarmouth based wildlife artist, will lead a drawing birds workshop for all levels. The workshop will include basic instruction, a quick demo and practice time sketching several bird mounts. Focus will be on quickly defining form and gesture. There is a possibility of sketching live birds at the end of the session. Held at the Group Picnic Shelter.

3 - 4 pm - Maine Birds of Prey:  Using live birds, posters, and hands-on materials, Center for Wildlife will discuss the kinds of birds of prey found in Maine, their habitats, habits, place in the food chain, and why we need to protect them.  Sponsored by Bow Street Market. Held near the group picnic shelter.

AND don't forget... at Bradbury Mountain State Park:
9 am - 5 pm - Hawk Watch at the summit continues daily through May 15, 2018! Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

Thank you to our 2018 event co-sponsors!

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