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October 2019

Work Morning at Hamilton Sanctuary, West Bath, Oct. 19

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Volunteer work morning.  Trail maintenance, installing new bird boxes, cleaning existing boxes, removing invasive plants. Directions: Take the New Meadows exit off US Route 1 in West Bath. Turn left onto New Meadows Road and go straight ahead to the stop sign. Here New Meadows Road turns into Foster Point Road. Follow Foster Point Rd. nearly to its end. You will see the Sanctuary sign and a parking area on the right. If you plan to participate, please contact the…

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Field Trip: Green Point Farm, Dresden, Oct. 20

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Expect a wide variety of Fall migrants in the woodlands, fields and wild rice flats of this diverse State Wildlife Management Area. We will walk paths, farm roads and open fields (about 2 miles total). Wear footwear suitable for walking in dew-covered grassy fields. Meet at Green Point Farm by the green shed off Rt. 128 at 8:00 a.m. FMI Gordon Smith at 449-8206.

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Field Trip: Hermit Island, Oct 26

October 26 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Doug Suitor will lead this outing to Hermit Island on Small Point in Phippsburg. We’ll walk along Head Beach, by ocean overlooks, and along a wooded dirt road by a saltwater cove. Expect to see ducks, grebes, and loons as well as some woodland birds. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the north end of Bath Plaza across from McDonald’s, or 8:30 at Head Beach, Hermit Island, Route 216, Phippsburg. FMI call Doug Suitor at 841-1951.

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Public Program: Nick Lund “The Sorry State of State Birds”

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Morell Rm., Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011

How America Badly Screwed Up Our Avian Ambassadors. Nick will talk about the history and development of state birds, then discuss the, let's say, interesting choices made by each state. He'll also discuss the controversy surrounding Maine's state bird and speculate on what might be a better choice. Note that Meerrymeeting Audubon Speaker Programs are on Mondays this Fall.

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November 2019

Field Trip: Waterfowl at Sabattus Pond, Nov. 3

November 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

John Berry will lead this trip to Sabattus Pond in Sabattus, ME. In the Fall, Sabattus hosts large concentrations of migrating waterfowl, including Ruddy and Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, scaup and Coots. Meet at Brunswick Hannaford at 8:00 a.m. to carpool. FMI call John Berry at 632-7257.

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December 2019

Field Trip: Waterfowl Walk, Giant Stairs, Bailey Island, Dec.

December 7 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Join John Berry and Merrymeeting Audubon for a look at the winter waterfowl of eastern Casco Bay from one of Harpswell’s most scenic locations. Directions for the site are on the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust web site: hhltmaine. org. The estimated time is three hours. FMI John Berry at 632-7257 or Berry.John@comcast.net.

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Field Trips: Christmas Bird Counts: Bath — Phippsburg, Dec. 14

December 14

Birders of all ages and experiences are welcome. The CBCs usually begin early in the morning and last most of the day. The weather can be very iffy, but at the very least, cold and windy. Dress warmly, as you’ll be outside much of the time. If you can’t venture out with our teams, then consider doing bird counts at your home feeders. Submit the best estimates of birds in your yard—species and numbers. If you would like to participate…

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Field Trips: Christmas Bird Counts Brunswick — Freeport, Dec. 27

December 27

(alternate date Saturday, Dec. 28 TBD) Birders of all ages and experiences are welcome. The CBCs usually begin early in the morning and last most of the day. The weather can be very iffy, but at the very least, cold and windy. Dress warmly, as you’ll be outside much of the time. If you can’t venture out with our teams, then consider doing bird counts at your home feeders. Submit the best estimates of birds in your yard—species and numbers.…

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January 2020

Field Trip: South Coastal Birding, Jan. 4, 2020

January 4, 2020 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 am

On this annual outing from Ogunquit to Biddeford Pool, we should see many of Maine’s wintering birds including Harlequin Duck, scoters, Purple Sandpipers, and maybe a Snowy Owl or King Eider. Bring a lunch or a snack. Meet at north end of the Bath Plaza parking lot near McDonald’s at 7:00 a.m. or at Brunswick Hannaford at 7:20 a.m. or at a meeting place and time in Ogunquit. FMI call Maurice Dauphin at 389-2585.

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Field Trip: Winter Coastal Birding, South Harpswell, Jan 12, 2020

January 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As time and conditions allow, we’ll search Pott’s Point, Basin Point and Mitchell Field for waterfowl, gulls and various wintering land birds.Meet at the end of Rt. 123 in South Harpswell at 9:00 a.m. Park along the roadside by the Town Pier. FMI Gordon Smith at 449-8206.

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