Christmas Bird Count, all day in York County

The 116th Christmas Bird Count is underway and proceeds into early January. Since the count began, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists.

Two Christmas Bird Counts are held in York County: The York count on Monday and the Biddeford-Kennebunkport count on Jan. 2. Teams of birders search areas, tallying the total number of birds seen. The York count extends from Moody Beach to Fort Foster, where 94 species were found last year. The Biddeford-Kennebunkport count extends from Parsons Beach in Kennebunk to the Cascades in Saco, where 85 species were found last year. Backyard birders can contribute by just looking at their feeders. Those interested in being a counter in the York area should contact Pat Moynahan at 284-5487. Those interested in participating in the Biddeford-Kennebunkport count should contact Marie Jordan at 799-1408. Email for more information.


Reclaimed Ponds, 6:45 p.m. in Portland

Join the Sebago chapter of Trout Unlimited for a seminar on the recently reclaimed ponds in southwestern Maine. Meet at Pat’s Pizza in the Old Port for a holiday social hour. The chapter’s monthly meeting and presentation will follow. To learn more, email [email protected]


Winter Solstice, 2 to 5 p.m. in Camden

Families, children and others are invited to celebrate the end of harvest season and the solstice at the Winter Wassail at Merryspring Nature Center. The event will feature crafts and children’s games, a bonfire, traditional wassail singers and roasted chestnuts. At 2:30 p.m., local author Liza Gardner Walsh reads from her new book, “Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows?” Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford plaza. For more information, email [email protected]

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