Programs & Events


Upcoming Events


Paddle Northeast Creek 
Sunday, October 14  9:00 AM
Leader:  Sue Shaw
Bar Harbor

This is a scenic paddle in any season, but especially so during “leaf peeping” season!  The creek meanders through one of the largest wetlands on MDI and is partially owned by DEA.  Enjoy the fall color, pick some cranberries, watch for lingering birds and relax during this leisurely 2-hour (plus) paddle.  Wear boots as the put-in is a bit sloppy.  Life jackets are required. Park at the pull off on the right exactly 2 miles after the traffic light just past the Trenton bridge.


From the Badlands to the Rockies – A story in pictures 
Monday, October 29  7:00 PM  
Blue Hill Library
 
Join Sandi and Bob Duchesne as they travel from Maine to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, then on to Glacier National Park in Montana, and beyond to the Canadian Rockies this past summer. The couple spent five weeks and traveled 9,238 miles in a van named “Dusty.” Along the way they visited 4 American national parks and 8 Canadian national parks and saw 11 black bears, 1 grizzly, 2 moose, 4 badgers, and 225 bird species. Bob and Sandi tour the sites, show the sights and tell the tale.


Northern Forest Canoe Trail 
Thursday, November 8  7:00 PM
Moore Community Center, Ellsworth

Nicole Grohoski, the first female through-paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, will talk about her big adventure. She will share a short film about her trip as well as photos and stories celebrating 10 years along the trail since that epic paddle. This paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine, is the longest paddling trail in the nation, running from Old Forge, NY through Vermont, Québec and New Hampshire to Fort Kent, ME following ancient Native American travel routes. 



Game Night 
Friday, November 16  7:00 PM
Blue Hill Library

Let’s try something new!  Come and do some inside “birding” where it is warm and cozy, munch on popcorn and be a little competitive!  Game Night will test your birding knowledge and teach you new facts at the same time.   So, drop your binoculars and focus on a game that is sure to soar. The Great North American Bird Watching Trivia Game is the ultimate birding game designed for those who want to test their knowledge on birds. Topics covered include habitat, mannerisms, field marks, diet and more. Rest assured, you do NOT have to be an expert…beginners can play too!  This game features over 2,000 questions falling into three levels of difficulty – beginner, intermediate, and expert – making the game suitable for birders of all skills levels. We will also have flash cards for those who want to work on ID skills. Come join in the fun!


Annual Holiday Party and The Year of the Bird Finale 
Friday, December 7  6:00 p.m.
IOOF Hall, Main St. Blue Hill

The festivities will begin with drinks and social time (BYOB) followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30.  Please bring a food item to share!  After dinner we will retire to the third floor for a special presentation by president Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour.

To celebrate the centennial of the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Geographic, National Audubon and other conservation organizations declared 2018 the Year of the Bird.  Throughout the year each organization has explored the wonder of birds and why we really can’t live without them, in hopes of generating public interest in protecting birds today, so that others will be able to celebrate them a hundred years from now.  Leslie and Blaise have been fortunate to travel the world, photographing thousands of birds along the way.  As a finale to the Year of the Bird, they will share some of their favorite species and include interesting tidbits about each. It will be a “feast for the eyes” after the potluck dinner.


Christmas Bird Count

           Participate in the 119th Christmas Bird Count and help contribute to the longest running survey in ornithology, with over 100 years of compiled data.  From December 14 through January 5, organized groups choose one day to count birds seen or heard within a designated 15-mile circle.  Join a team in the field or keep a tally of the birds seen at your feeders if you live within the circle. Results go to a compiler who sends in the data which National Audubon and other organizations use to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action. Go to www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count for more information.  There are five counts in our area, and we need your help to make sure they get covered thoroughly!

Mount Desert Island
Saturday, December 15
Contact Michael Good: info@downeastnaturetours.com  288-8128

Blue Hill
Sunday, December 16
Contact Zach Holderby:  z_hold@hotmail.com

Deer Isle
Saturday, December 29

Hog Bay
Sunday, December 30
Contact Medea Steinman: wrenyen@yahoo.com

Schoodic
Tuesday, January 1
Contact Seth Benz:  sbenz@schoodicinstitute.org  288-1350


Project Feeder Watch


Now in its 32nd year, Project Feeder Watch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit your feeders. Join now for the 2018-19 season, which begins November 10 and runs through early April. (You don’t have to participate the entire winter!) Data gathered from “citizen scientists” like you help researchers track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.  There is an $18 fee ($15 for lab members) which covers materials, staff, support, data analysis and a year-end report. It’s as easy as 1)putting up a feeder, 2) counting birds on a weekly basis and 3)entering your data! Go to www.feederwatch.org for more information.