Birding Extravaganza 2021

One of the joys of spring is the return of birds of all shapes, sizes and colors. Who doesn’t love stepping outside to a chorus of birdsong or catching a glimpse of bright red or yellow in the trees? The new warmth of spring and the longer days draws birds to make their spring migration. The window of time before the leaves come out provides a perfect opportunity to get a good look at our spring migrants. To help you identify and learn more about our local birds, several conservation groups collaborate each spring to offer the Birding Extravaganza!

All events are free and open to all. Advance registration is required and each organization follows COVID-19 policies to keep everyone safe. Visit the website for each organization for more information. The partners in this series are Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.

Crystal Spring Farm Bird Walk

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30-10 a.m. at Crystal Spring Farm. Click here for more information and to register.

Jan Pierson will guide us on an informative and fun bird walk through several Crystal Spring Farm habitats as we observe a variety of spring arrivals already on territory, from Bobolinks and swallows to warblers and sparrows, as well as keep an eye and ear out for migrants that are still passing through. We’ll watch and listen carefully, and learn something along the way. Bring your binocs, a hat, and some sturdy walking shoes.

Organized by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Intro to Birding (virtual)

Click here to watch a recording of this program from May 12, 2021.

This Intro to Birding session will present basic guidelines and hints for identifying birds, with emphasis on appropriate habitat as found on the various Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves. The illustrations will focus on the most common birds found in Harpswell.

We will also review both print and online birding resources which everyone can use to discover where to find and how to identify birds. Hopefully everyone will leave with greater enthusiasm for birding and more tools for enjoying this life-long activity!

Judy Marino has experience as a high school teacher and a software developer. After retiring, she used both of these skills to teach herself more about birds, to connect with other birders and to try to keep up with ever-expanding birding software resources. She considers herself a ‘mid-level’ birder who is close enough to being a new learner that she remembers her early challenges and likes to help others avoid some beginner pitfalls.

Organized by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Looking for Spring Migrants

Nat Wheelwright

Saturday, May 15, 8-9:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 16, 8-9:30 a.m. at Otter Brook Preserve. Advance registration is required. This walk is now full. Email Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Enjoy a pleasant spring walk at Otter Brook Preserve with naturalist and birder Nat Wheelwright. Use your eyes and ears to identify a wide variety of birds. Along the way, observe and learn about flowers, insects and more.

Nat Wheelwright is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Bowdoin College and co-author with Bernd Heinrich of The Naturalist’s Notebook.

Organized by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Kids Birding Walk

Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Bonyun Preserve. Click here for more information and to register.

KELT is inviting kiddos and their families to explore the birds of Bonyun Preserve. Join us for a romp through the woods as we investigate our feathered friends on Westport Island.

Organized by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.

Tarbox Bird Walk

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30-10 a.m. at Tarbox Preserve. Click here for more information and to register.

Join us for an exploratory walk at one of Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s newer preserves, Tarbox Preserve. John Berry is leading this trip on an open, mixed forested trail for the first time and we’ll see what kinds of birds frequent the area in May. The mile long trail leads to a lovely overlook of the Cathance River. John is a sharp eyed, experienced birder and photographer.

Organized by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.