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

AND the Hawk Watch at the summit of Bradbury Mt,
March 15 - May 15 each year, sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

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.

Keep checking in for schedule updates and additional programs. See you on the 27th & 28th!

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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.

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 - 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. Pay close attention because you will have the opportunity to win prizes by impersonating your best bird call during our bird call contest! Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

10 - 11:30 am - Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy Guided Walk: Join Jeanne Christie, a Registered Maine Guide and Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in training, on a 90 minute Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy Guided Walk. This is a really slow and medatative walk with lots of stops and some independent wandering, standing or sitting. It will be important to dress appropriately to stay warm and dry based on the weather that day including layering clothing and bringing rain gear. At the end of the walk there will be a tea ceremony.
Meet at the end of the lower parking lot.
Pre-registration is encouraged: To register and for more information please visit www.connecttowilderness.com/services-page.
If you have questions: Contact Jeanne Christie at jeanne@connecttowilderness.com or (207) 370-7011.

10 am - 12 pm - Intro to Geocaching: Join us for an introduction to geocaching to learn about the increasing popularity of this outdoor sport. As a group we will go out and locate a geocache before sending out anyone who is interested in finding 4 other caches within the park. Each cache will have a test to challenge your knowledge of birds. Visit all 4 caches and complete the questions and you can receive a prize. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

10 am - 3 pm - Food Truck: Mami will have everything you need for a delicious meal. Located in the Day Use Area.

10 am - 3 pm - Birding Fun & Games:  Build a bird house or make a backyard bird feeder while supplies last, and take part in the scavenger hunt. 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 - Tree Identification:  Learn how to identify common tree species during a 1-hour nature walk accompanied by park staff. We will discover the roles that trees play in an ecosystem and how they impact people. Please wear proper footwear. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

2 - 3 pm - Track and Plaster: This is a fun activity for kids as they will learn about animal tracking and how to identify tracks and make a plaster cast of animal tracks to take home. Located in the Day Use Area.

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 Royal River Conservation Trust. Held near the group picnic shelter.

7:30 - 9 pm - Ask a Ranger: Come out for 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. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

Sunday, April 28, 2019
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. Pay close attention because you will have the opportunity to win prizes by impersonating your best bird call during our bird call contest! Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

10 - 11:30 am - Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy Guided Walk: Join Jeanne Christie, a Registered Maine Guide and Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in training, on a 90 minute Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy Guided Walk. This is a really slow and medatative walk with lots of stops and some independent wandering, standing or sitting. It will be important to dress appropriately to stay warm and dry based on the weather that day including layering clothing and bringing rain gear. At the end of the walk there will be a tea ceremony.
Meet at the end of the lower parking lot.
Pre-registration is encouraged: To register and for more information please visit www.connecttowilderness.com/services-page.
If you have questions: Contact Jeanne Christie at jeanne@connecttowilderness.com or (207) 370-7011.

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 bird house or make a backyard bird feeder while supplies last, and take part in the scavenger hunt. 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 Picnic Shelter Field.

10 am - 3 pm - Food Truck:  Mami will have everything you need for a delicious meal. Located near the Group Picnic Shelter.

11 - 12 am - Children’s Book Reading: Author Margaret Gousse will read from her book, From Nana’s Window. Margaret grew up in Maine and developed a passion to ensure that animal life and our environment are respected and protected for all to enjoy. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

11 - 12 am - Springtime Plant Walk: Join park staff 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 - Track and Plaster: This is a fun activity for kids as they will learn about animal tracking and how to identify tracks, then be able to make a plaster cast of animal tracks to take home. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.

1 - 2 pm - Scales and Tales: Using live, non-releasable reptiles, this program, presented by Chewonki, will compare these species and discuss their adaptations. Many people conjure up images of slimy skin and bloodthirsty monsters when they hear the word "reptile." This hands-on program works to dispel some of those fears by allowing people to examine snakeskins, turtle shells, skeletons, and other unique reptilian artifacts. 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 - The Owls of Maine. Habits and Adaptations of Maine’s Native Owls: Three live owls are the highlight of this program, presented by Chewonki, 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! Sponsored by Bow Street Market & Freeport Conservation Trust. Located in the Day Use Area at 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, 2019! Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

Thank you to our 2019 event co-sponsors!

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