MOSSES AND FERNS
July 24, 8:00 AM
Cathy Rees and Alice Noyes
A 1-mile walk on Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Jordan Homestead Preserve on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth. Learn to identify common ferns and mosses along the trail. Bring a hand lens if you have one. There will be pressed specimens handy for a closer look without having to pick anything along the way.
SHOREBIRDS OF MARLBORO BEACH, LAMOINE
August 14, 7:00 AM (The tide sets the time!)
Observe the southward migration of shorebirds as they feast on organisms in the mudflats and roost in protected spots along the shoreline. If time allows, we’ll continue on to Trenton Airport boat ramp and Thompson Island for more birding opportunities.
PADDLE ALAMOOSOOK LAKE Saturday,
August 21, 8:00 AM
Search for resident eagles, loons, kingfishers, herons and much more during this paddle tri[. We’ll paddle past small islands, and after checking Hell-bottom Swamp for marsh birds, we’ll continue up the Dead River. There is excellent swimming available after the paddle if people are so inclined. Meet at the boat launch at Craig Brook Fish Hatchery in Orland.
YARDENING FOR BIRDS, BEES AND BUTTERFLIES WORKSHOP
September 4, 8:30 AM
Explore a “certified wildlife habitat,” a 10-acre oasis in the middle of town. The gardens and landscaping are extensive with special attention given to native plants. Along with essential pollinators, 147 bird species have been recorded here—come and learn what plants and other creative ideas have drawn them in. Meet at the Blue Hill Baptist Church and bring a notebook!
MAINE WONDERS WITH ZOE WEIL
SEPTEMBER 8, 7:00 PM
Moore Community Center, Ellsworth
Journey into the natural world, where you’ll discover mind boggling animals and fungi. This program is divided into four sections: Sex and Reproduction, Metamorphosis and Transformation, Iconic Maine Beauty and the Weird and the Wild. You’ll visit tide pools, vernal pools, forests and lakes with mammals, birds, amphibians and insects who will astonish you. When she’s not writing and giving talks about educating a generation of solutionaries, Zoe is usually exploring nature with her three dogs, while photographing and videotaping Maine wonders.
PADDLE THE NARRAMISSIC RIVER, ORLAND
September 11, 8:30 AM
The Narramissic starts its fall foliage show with the swamp maples along the shoreline turning red in mid-September. There will still be plenty to see: fall flowers, turtles, dragonflies, and of course some fall migrants should put in an appearance!
BAR HARBOR PELAGIC TRIP
September 11, 6:00 a.m.-2:00 PM
Maine Audubon’s annual pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, skuas, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, five different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals and schools of tuna. Members: $135 Register online at www.maineaudubon.org.