Programs & Events



Managing your Woodlot for Birds in Need
Friday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Library
Speaker: Amber Roth

Regardless of what you do with your woodlot, there will most likely be forest birds present. However, you have an opportunity to manage for bird species in decline that can really benefit from active management that improves habitat on your woodlot. Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management at UMO, will present elements that you can incorporate into your woodlot (or even your backyard) to target specific species or groups of species in need of your help. Come prepared with questions and ideas for your specific situation. Bring your neighbor along! Your collective actions will make an even bigger impact or, in some cases, make management more feasible.


Lichens, Ferns AND Birds!
Sunday, October 15, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Harriman Point, Brooklin

We will be looking up, down and all around on this easy, level, 3-mile (round trip) nature walk at Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin. Come explore the varied habitats of this 138-acre preserve with Maine Master Naturalists, Ann Brayton, Merrie Eley and George Fields. The reward for making it to the end of the point will be spectacular, colorful views across Blue Hill Bay in prime leaf peeper season. Turn left onto Harriman Point Road off Rt 175/172 in Brooklin. The parking lot is half a mile on the right.


The Greatest Mountain Adventure in the World
Friday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.
Esther Wood Lecture Room, George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill

Join Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour in their latest travels—this time to Nepal! Discover the exotic city of Kathmandu, explore Sherpa communities in the Himalayas and witness a colorful Buddhist festival at Tengboche Monastery. The couple spent three weeks at altitude trekking lodge-to-lodge in the spectacular region around Mount Everest, and even made it to Base Camp...no easy task! Marvel at stunning, crystal clear views of the highest peaks on Earth, made all the better from an 18,000' vantage point. Cross the snow-covered Cho La pass into the Gokyo Valley of turquoise lakes and end with an unforgettable helicopter ride around the places they spent days getting to. After saying goodbye to the mountains, Leslie and Blaise then headed south to the country’s lowland jungles for safaris in two national parks that are home to one-horned rhinos, tigers and lots of birds. This presentation has something for everyone—culture, adventure and nature! (Note the 6:00 p.m. start time!)


Breakfast on the Bagaduce
Sunday, November 5, 8:30 a.m.
Bluff Head, Sedgwick
Leader: Sue Shaw

Pack a light breakfast and make your way to Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s Bluff Head—a great place to appreciate the beauty and expanse of the Bagaduce River far below. The bluff is a unique ecological feature of the peninsula and a great place to enjoy a picnic breakfast after an easy 1-mile hike. Admire the colors of the late- turning oaks and perhaps view ducks, eagles and other lingering birds. Parking is located 0.2 miles down Rope Ferry Road, from its junction with Route 15 and Route 176 at Strong Brewing Company, Sedgwick.


Maine’s Bats: Ecology and Conservation of a Secretive Guild
Friday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
Moore School Community Center, Ellsworth
Speaker: Cory Mosby

Cory Mosby is the small mammal biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. His first exposure to working with bats was while employed as a biologist for Grand Canyon National Park, and he became instantly enamored with this diverse and poorly understood group of mammals. Having been with the MDIFW since 2015, he has worked to build his knowledge of bat ecology, the management issues they face and how to address these issues in Maine. This program provides a background on the natural history of Maine’s eight bat species, their status in the face of an invasive disease (White-Nose Syndrome) and other concerns and the research efforts occurring in Maine by multiple entities to address the conservation and recovery of bats.


Annual Holiday Party and ’Round the World Birding
Friday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
IOOF Hall, Main Street, 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 member Becky Marvil. In the summer of 2015, Becky spent 30 days with her husband, Josh, who is a pilot, and two other couples traveling around the world in a private plane. Their route took them from the U.S. to Newfoundland, the Azores, Turkey, Oman, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Russia and Alaska. In addition to sightseeing and learning about different cultures, she enjoyed focusing on the birds, photographing and videotaping many species and learning about regional family variations AND similarities from one stop to the next. From the volcanic islands of the Azores to the 106-degree heat of Oman to the chilly, drizzly coast of Alaska, Becky will share her photos and stories of bird species from around the globe.


Christmas Bird Count

Participate in the 118th 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, groups choose one day to count all 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 then 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! Sign up today—it’s free!

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Saturday, December 16

Contact Michael Good, info@downeastnaturetours.com, 288-8128

BLUE HILL
Sunday, December 17

Contact Downeast Audubon, deaudubon@gmail.com, 664-4400


HOG BAY
Saturday, December 30

Contact Medea Steinman, wrenyen@yahoo.com

DEER ISLE
Saturday, December 30

Contact Tom Bjorkman, 374-3644 or Ken Crowell, kennethlcrowell@gmail.com

SCHOODIC
Monday, January 1

Contact Bill Townsend, wtownsend@roadrunner.com, 288-5654