Events & Programs
- Field Trip: Salisbury Beach and Plum Island
Join the search for wintering birds on this all-day outing to coastal Mas- sachusetts. First stop is Salisbury Beach State Park, where we will look for wintering ducks, loons and grebes, and Short-eared Owls. Ice- land and Glaucous Gulls will be the target birds in Newburyport. Then on to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island to see Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings and more waterfowl. Dress warmly and bring lunch.
Meet at Brunswick Hannaford at 7:00 a.m., or call John Berry at 632- 7257 for a meeting spot and time in Yarmouth, or at Salisbury Beach.
- Birds and Beasts of Botswana, Public Program
John Berry travelled to Botswana for two weeks in March of 2017, staying in four safari camps. He will share photographs from the trip.
John is a long-term board member of Merrymeeting Audubon, leads local field trips and is one of the authors of “Birdwatching in Maine”. He is also an avid birder and photographer.
- Waterfowl of Bowdoinham, Field Trip
Join Merrymeeting on this outing to Brown Point in Bowdoinham in search of early waterfowl migrants. The area has been a good site in the past for unusual species such as Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Green-winged Teal, as well as more common treats such as Snow Goose, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and Blue-winged Teal.
Meet at 11:45 a.m at Brunswick Hannaford’s to carpool or at the Bowdoinham Town Landing at 12:30 p.m.
Trip is dependent on the ice being out. Please check with www.maineaudubon.org/merrymeeting for trip updates; or call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.
- Scarborough Marsh Field Trip
On this annual “Welcome-to-Spring” outing we hope to see Brant and other migrating waterfowl, snipe, sandpipers, herons, egrets, ibis and sparrows. Bring lunch or a snack.
Meet at the north end of the Bath Plaza parking lot near McDonald’s at 7:00 a.m. to carpool, or at the Brunswick Hannaford at 7:20 a.m. FMI call Maurice Dauphin at 389-2585.
- Brunswick Landing Field Trip
We will be exploring a variety of habitats at Brunswick Landing for early returning migrants.
Meet at the parking lot off Admiral Fitch Avenue (0.6 miles from Bath Road entrance) opposite the Southern Maine Community Center Complex at 7:30 a.m. FMI contact Gordon Smith at 725-0282.
- Bringing Nature Home with Eric Topper
Program and Annual Meeting
Focusing on Maine birds and their habitats, Eric will introduce what individuals and groups can do, including what plants to choose and how to manage and maintain our gardens for their full ecological function and benefit. He will also discuss the large selection of beautiful native flowers, shrubs and trees we can incorporate into our yards to attract and support a multitude of birds, butterflies and other interesting native wildlife. Eric Topper is Maine Audubon’s Director of Education
Desserts and Coffee provided by Union Street Bakery. No reservations necessary.
Tuesday, April 24 7:00 p.m. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME.
- Whiskeag Creek, Bath – Field Trip
Join Merrymeeting Audubon and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) to explore Whiskeag Creek where it empties into the Kennebec River at Thorne Head.
Meet at the north end of the Bath Plaza parking lot near McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. to carpool, or at Sewall Woods on Whiskeag Road at 8:00 a.m. FMI call Ted Allen at 729-8661.
- Volunteer Morning at Hamilton Sanctuary
A work morning at Hamilton Sanctuary ‘Spring cleaning’ – Clear trails, cut trip roots, cut back branches, repair erosion damage, spruce up and add plantings to the memorial garden, repair winter damage. Put out field bird boxes that were removed last fall when fields were cut.
Directions: Take the New Meadows exit off US Route 1 in West Bath. Turn left onto New Meadows Road and go straight ahead at the stop sign. Here New Meadows Road turns into Foster Point Road. Follow it three miles to the sanctuary sign and parking area on the right.
If interested in attending or FMI contact Glenn Evans at 443-9652.
- Paper Mill Trail, Lisbon – Field Trip
We will walk the paved trail along the Sabattus River looking for early returning vireos and warblers including the Louisiana Water- thrush.
Meet at Brunswick Hannaford at 7:00 a.m. to carpool or at the trail head parking lot at the corner of Rte. 196 and Frost Hill in Lisbon at 7:30 a.m. FMI call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.