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September 2019

Field Trip: Bird Banding at River Point Conservation Area, Sept. 28

September 28 @ 7:15 am - 12:00 pm
River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth

We will meet Biodiversity Research Institute for an interpretive demonstration of bird banding. We will also walk the easy trails (up to 2 miles total) seeking Fall migrants. Restrooms available nearby. Meet at Brunswick Hannaford at 7:15 a.m. or at Hannaford at River Point off Rt. 100 in West Falmouth at 8:00 a.m. FMI Gordon Smith at 449-8206.

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October 2019

Field Trip: Androscoggin River Trail, Lisbon, Oct. 5

October 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

We will walk an easy paved path (about 3 miles total) along the river to observe Fall migrants. Meet at the Sabattus River boat launch parking lot off Route 196 at Frost Hill Avenue at 8:00 a.m. FMI call Gordon Smith at 449-8206. Note: The times are updated from those printed in our newsletter, The Call.

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Field Trip: Brunswick Landing, Oct. 6

October 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 8:00—11:00 A.M. We will explore a variety of habitats for Fall migrants. Expect to walk paved and hard packed paths (up to 2.5 miles total). Meet at the parking lot off Admiral Fitch Avenue (.6 miles from Bath Road entrance) opposite Southern Maine Community College complex at 8:00 a.m. FMI Gordon Smith at 449-8206.

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The Big Sit! Wharton Point (Maquoit Landing), Brunswick, Oct. 13

October 13 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Merrymeeting Audubon for this fun event. We will be staking out a 17 foot diameter circle, and from within the circle we will attempt to observe/hear all birds in the surrounding area. Observations (and listening) will begin at dawn (or before, depending on the weather) and continue until dusk, or after. Anyone is welcome to join The Big Sit! at any time during the day, and stay as long as desired. Meet at Wharton Point (head of Maquoit Bay)…

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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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