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Events and Programs for April and May 2019

All events are free and do not require advance registration unless otherwise indicated. Events are weather dependent. Please check this website for cancellations. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell. Free and open to the public.

Harpswell author Ed Robinson has been writing and speaking about the outdoors for years. His new presentation features superb photographs of many of Maine’s wild creatures, both the iconic and the secretive. Ed will share fascinating stories about these creatures and help us to understand more about their lives.

Ed has written extensively about Maine’s wildlife and recently published a book titled Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More. The book is a collection of 40 stories about wildlife including lobsters, loons, fishers and ospreys.  It includes 60 stunning photographs and 10 ink drawings in 190 pages. Click here for more information about the book.

This is not your only chance to see Ed speak! Click here for more speaking engagements. Ed is available for a engaging, free wildlife presentation for your club, library or community hall. Contact him at erobin77@gmail.com for more information.

Making a Difference with Native Plants

Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Click here for details about this free and inspiring event!

This event is now filled to capacity. Email Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org to be put on the waiting list.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Lamb Visiting Day

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Two Coves Farm, 90 Neil’s Point Rd, Harpswell

Join Laura and Joe Grady for free, family-friendly fun at Two Coves Farm. Visit the baby lambs, pet a sheep, relax on a hay bale, see the cows and pigs and learn about their farming operation. Two Coves Farm is a family farm that offers organic meat and eggs raised on pasture.

This is a collaborative event of Two Coves Farm and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Tick Talk

Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Want to learn more about ticks and how to protect yourself? Join Chuck Lubelczyk of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute for an informative and proactive talk about tick biology and life cycles, Maine tick species diversity and tick borne diseases. This talk will help you understand ticks, which will in turn help you protect yourself.

After a talk and questions, participants will have the opportunity to identify the species and sex of tick specimens with microscopes, hand lenses and the naked eye. Being able to ID dog and deer ticks and tell the sex can provide you some reassurance when a tick encounter is likely a safe one.

Charles Lubelczyk has worked on research in the spread of vector-borne diseases since the late-1990’s, while working with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine. A native of New Hampshire, Chuck’s work has focused on interactions between ticks and mosquitoes and their host and habitat requirements, as well as integrated pest management (IPM) approaches to reducing exposure to vector-borne diseases.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Hoping for a Harpswell Heron

Danielle D’Auria (right) with a GPS tracked Great Blue Heron.

Sunday, April 28 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Three years after five Maine Great Blue Herons were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices, biologists, students, and other volunteers are hoping to similarly tag a Harpswell heron this spring. The goal of the project is to understand herons and their habitat preferences more fully by following their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering, while also providing students a unique opportunity to connect with the birds and their wetland habitats.

Learn about herons and the tracking project from Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past ten years. She will share highlights from tracking these birds beyond state and international borders, and present opportunities for people to get involved with this year’s effort.

Click here for a newspaper article from 2016 about Harpswell Community School students who were involved with this project.

This event is part of the seventh annual Birding Extravaganza. Click here for more information.

Nature Meditation

Saturday, May 4, 8-9:30 a.m. at Fishmoon Yoga, 4 Ash Point Road, and Curtis Farm Preserve

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Begin with a short inquiry into meditation techniques then head outside to walk and practice. Once techniques are established, begin to walk, observing through the senses. Take pauses along the way to more specifically explore some senses and quiet others, noticing what arises (thought, memory, emotion, sensation) with each pause. Conclude with a seated meditation that incorporates each of the senses explored and the movement of breath. Time will be offered for reflection, written and spoken. Kara Douglas will lead this workshop.

Kara is the owner and primary teacher at Fishmoon Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2001.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Beyond Birding: Understanding Bird Behavior

Nat Wheelwright

Saturday, May 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

This walk is now FULL. Please email Julia at outreach@hhltmaine.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Early spring is when male birds begin to sing in earnest, vocally defending their territories against other males while advertising for mates. With practice, it is easy to learn to recognize different species. If you listen more closely, you can distinguish individuals and get insights into their age, upbringing, and emotional state. Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin Biology Professor Emeritus and Harpswell resident, will lead this two-hour field trip to Curtis Farm Preserve. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars, if you have (or can borrow) them.

This event is part of the seventh annual Birding Extravaganza. Click here for more information.

Birding for Kids

Saturday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Birding for Kids is a free, hands-on workshop for families. Participants will learn how to begin identifying birds through their shape, size, beaks, songs and habitat. The group will explore how differently shaped beaks are designed for different foods, listen to some common bird songs and go for for a walk to try to identify birds using skills they’ve learned. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your kids (or grandkids). Bring binoculars.

This event is part of the seventh annual Birding Extravaganza. Click here for more information.

More events!

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