Feathers over Freeport 2021 - April 24 & 25
A birdwatching & nature discovery weekend for all ages!
- 2021 is a self-guided and online extravaganza!
Friday Evening Opening - Calling All Birds!
April 23 at 7:00 p.m. - Online presentation by the Chewonki Foundation: Calling All Birds! No matter where you live, you're sure to have birds nearby! Covering the basics of bird adaptations, we will learn about coloring, beak shape, feet shape, and of course bird calls! Focusing on how we can begin to recognize birds by their sounds, we will test your knowledge on some common and not so common bird sounds. We will also meet two live birds that have similar adaptations, but very different sounds. This presentation is for birding experts and novices alike. Space is limited to the first 100 who pre-register at Chewonki's Zoom Link.
Additional Online Broadcasts:
- April 24 at 10 a.m. - LIVE with Birds from the Center for Wildlife: View program description.
- April 24 at 4 p.m. - Keynote Presentation - Digiscoping Made Easy with Jeff Bouton of Kowa Sporting Optics: View program description.
- April 25 at 10 a.m. - Owls of Maine by the Chewonki Foundation: View program description.
On-site 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 24, 2021
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069 / (207) 688-4712
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 - Online LIVE broadcast from the Center for Wildlife: What is the difference between a hawk and a falcon? Do we have vultures in Maine? What is our smallest owl? What is our largest hawk? Where do they live? With our amazing live non-releasable bird ambassadors, related visuals and materials we 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. This hour long program will connect the audience with these beautiful ambassadors of their species as well as provide their natural and personal histories and empower audience members to help to steward the environment that we all share. Watch at home then come on out to the park for the Hawk Watch, self-guided walks, and the Take & Makes! Sponsored by Royal River Conservation Trust. No pre-registration but Space is limited to 100.
Center For Wildlife Zoom Link.
Meeting ID: 892 3672 9540
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11 am - 3 pm - Self-guided Bird Walk for Children: Birding is cool! Birding is fun! Follow bird friends along the bird trail and learn fun facts about the birds of Bradbury Mt. This self-guided bird walk will be on the South Ridge Trail that leaves from the lower parking lot (Turn Left once going thru the Bradbury Entrance Gate). Note: Pick up the Bird Trail guide & map at the entry booth. It will guide and give you the bird facts needed as you encounter the birds on the trail.
11 am - 3 pm - Self-guided Animal Walk for Children: Who lives in the woods of Bradbury Mt.? Follow the forest friends along the animal trail and find out who to look for. This self-guided animal walk will take place on the Switchback trail which you pick up just down the Northern Loop trail that leaves from the Main parking lot and trail head. Note: Pick up Animal Trail guide & map at the entry booth. It will guide and give you the animal facts needed as you encounter the animals on the trail.
11 am - 3 pm - Self-guided Animal Walk for Children: Just like animals leave footprints, scrapes, and nest in a forest, people also leave their mark on a landscape. Can you tell that Bradbury Mountain was once a farm? Pick up a game board at the entry booth. This board will have icons that represents features visible from a trail here at the park. Use the board's attached map and description to find each feature. When you find a feature, cross off all pictures of it on your board. When you cross off five in a row, you’ve won!!!
11 am - 3 pm - Take & Make!: Build a bird house or make a backyard bird feeder. While supplies last, you'll get a grab bag of goodies and projects to take and make at home. Self-service. Located in the Group Day Use Area and the Playground. Sponsored by the Maine Coastal Program.
4 pm - Keynote Presentation - Digiscoping Made Easy: Digiscoping is a specific type of wildlife photography through a spotting scope. It can provide magnification that is upwards of 800% more than standard 400 mm lenses, lending itself to ethical wildlife photography. With massive magnification one can remain more distant and not disturb the subjects, however the powerful magnification and critical coupling of the camera (or moreover smartphone) behind the scope’s eyepiece offer unique challenges. Jeff Bouton (Kowa Sporting Optics) has made every possible mistake one can make in his 20+ years of digiscoping and as such is an expert at trouble shooting and has simplified the learning curve. Jeff has published hundreds of digiscoped images in magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, PC Photographer, Wild Bird, Birdwatching, Bird Watcher’s Digest and specializes in using his smartphone through his binoculars and spotting scope to capture wildlife images. Join us to learn how to maximize the performance of your digiscoping system in this virtual presentation.
Jeff Bouton has spent his entire adult life working in the birding industry first as seasonal field research biologist across the US, then as a professional bird & wildlife guide. He has been an optics manufacturer representative for the past 16 years. Jeff works for Kowa Sporting Optics as the Sales & Marketing Manager for the Nature Markets in the Americas.
Sponsored by Kowa and Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Kowa's Zoom Link
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, ME 04032 / (207) 865-4465
10 am - Online LIVE broadcast - Owls of Maine by the Chewonki Foundation: The Owls of Maine program introduces participants to the habits and adaptations of Maine's native owls. The special features of these nocturnal birds are discussed using slides, diagrams, taxonomic displays, and live owls. Participants also learn to recognize different owl calls, how to find pellets in the wild, and what to do if they find a young owl in the woods. Our three live owls offer the rare opportunity to observe these fascinating birds. We currently care for Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, and a Northern Saw-whet Owl. Each of these native birds is considered a non-releasable animal with various injuries to their wings, prohibiting their ability to survive in the wild. Space is limited to the first 100 who pre-register at Chewonki's Zoom Link.
10 am - 3 pm - Self-guided Bird Walk for Children: Birding is cool! Birding is fun! Follow bird friends along the bird trail and learn fun facts about the birds of Wolfe's Neck Woods along the way. Note: Pick up the Bird Trail guide at the Group Picnic Shelter.
10 am - 3 pm - Osprey Watch: Bring your own binoculars or spotting scope to get a great view of the nesting ospreys. View at the Osprey Sign across from Googins Island via either the White Pines Trail or Casco Bay Trail.
11 am - 3 pm - Take & Make!: Build a bird house or make a backyard bird feeder. While supplies last, you'll get a grab bag of goodies and projects to take and make at home. Self-service. Located in the Group Picnic Shelter Field. Sponsored by the Maine Coastal Program.
AND don't forget... at Bradbury Mountain State Park:
9 am - 5 pm - Hawk Watch at the summit continues daily through May 15, 2021! Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.