Event Schedule:

Saturday, April 27

Bradbury Mountain State Park

528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME

04069 / 688-4712

8-10 am – Bird Walk

Join us for a walk in the woods seeking out spring migrants and woodland residents. All levels of expertise welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Walk lead by Derek and Jeannette Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, Rich MacDonald of The Natural History Center, and others. Meet at the group picnic shelter.

9 am – 4 pm – Educational Displays

Test out Nikon binoculars and spotting scopes courtesy of Nikon Sport Optics and enter to win a pair of binoculars; and taste bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee. Get bird posters, while they last, courtesy of the Maine Wildlife Park and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Start planning your summer visits to Maine Parks by picking up a Maine Park Passport – a handy pocket-size guide to the parks. Sign up to win a FREE camping weekend and learn about our First Time Campers program. Located at the picnic shelter.

9 am – 5 pm – Hawk Watch at summit

Join a raptor biologist on the top of Bradbury Mountain. Learn how experts observe, identify and count all raptor and vulture species that fly past Bradbury Mountain. Note: Hike to summit is 1/4-mile – a steep, short 10-minutes; commands a great view. Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply and Nikon Sport Optics.

10-11 am – Bird Walk for Children

Join naturalist Rich MacDonald, of The Natural History Center, on this beginning birdwalk designed just for kids (parents and adults over 18 must be accompanied by children). Rich will help you learn some of the basics of identifying birds. Meet at the picnic shelter.

10 am – 3 pm – Birding Fun & Games

Learn to sing like a bird and birding basics through games, hands-on activities, and crafts designed for children and families of beginning birders. On-going activities held near picnic shelter and the playground. Program led by Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands staff and volunteers..

11 am – 12:30 pm – Vernal Pool Exploration: Wading into the Woodland Waters

Vernal pools are temporary water bodies which fill from spring snowmelt and rains and provide breeding habitat for amphibians including wood frogs, spotted salamanders and invertebrates such as fairy shrimp. Join wetland scientist Dave Brenneman from Boyle Associates and enjoy wading in the water. Be prepared for wet conditions and wear appropriate footwear such as tall boots or “Wellies”.

1-3 pm – Hawk Watch Workshop

Find out what is so intriguing (and so much fun!) about hawk watching. Join us on the summit of Bradbury Mountain for an introduction to this facet of bird watching as we cover the basics, such as why we’re all standing around on this particular hill and how we conduct our research. Then, using visual aids and of course the birds themselves migrating over Bradbury Mountain, we will teach you what to look for in telling the different species of hawks apart from each other. Bring your own binoculars. Program led by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Note: Hike to summit is 1/4-mile – a steep, short 10-minutes; commands a great view.

3-4 pm – Live birds presentation

Birds of Prey including an eagle by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings and a raven who thinks he is a bird of prey. Their stories will be told along with the natural history of each species. Held at the picnic shelter. Sponsored by L.L.Bean

Sunday, April 28

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, ME 04032 / 865-4465

8-10 am – Bird Walk

9-10 am – Bird Walk for Children

Join naturalist Rich MacDonald, of The Natural History Center, on this beginning birdwalk designed just for kids (parents and adults over 18 must be accompanied by children). Rich will help you learn some of the basics of identifying birds. Meet at the picnic shelter.

9 am – 3 pm – Educational Displays

Test out Nikon binoculars and spotting scopes courtesy of Nikon Sport Optics and enter to win a pair of binoculars; and taste bird-friendly Birds & Beans coffee. Get bird posters, while they last, courtesy of the Maine Wildlife Park and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Start planning your summer visits to Maine Parks by picking up a Maine Park Passport – a handy pocket-size guide to the parks. Sign up to win a FREE camping weekend and learn about our First Time Campers program. Located at the picnic shelter.

10 am – 1 pm – Osprey Watch

Get a close look at nesting ospreys through our spotting scope. Stop by for a quick look or stay as long as you like to ask questions and learn about their life story. Presented by Andrew Hutchinson, Park Manager, and Tami Bill, Park Ranger. Meet at the Osprey Sign across from Googins Island via either the White Pines Trail or Casco Bay Trail.

10 am – 3 pm – Birding Fun & Games

11 am – 12 noon – Landscaping for Wildlife

Kathleen Fitzgerald of Tide Walk Designs offers creative design ideas incorporating natural bird enticing plantings and corridors.

1-2 pm – Live Birds presentation – The Extraordinary Lives of Owls

by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings and featuring a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Saw-whet Owl, and a Common Raven. The amazing adaptations of owls, including their remarkable hearing, sight, and ability to fly silently, will be discussed. You’ll also learn how to spot an owl in the wild. Held at the picnic shelter. Sponsored by Royal River Conservation Trust..

2-3 pm – Osprey Watch

Bradbury Mountain from 9 am – 5 pm the hawk watch at the summit continues.


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