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Spring Bird Walk Series

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Get outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring by spending time with the birds! Join me for 4 weeks of guided bird walks at properties protected by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

April and May mark the wondrous arrival of many migrant birds in southern Maine. From shorebirds, flycatchers, and warblers to sparrows, hawks, and ducks, the bird data we collect will be submitted to eBird and will help inform the KCT's future land management decisions.

Binoculars are recommended, but birding without them is good fun, too! Novice birders welcome.

When/Where (download a printable calendar):

Sunday's (4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14) from 1-2:30pm:
Grist Mill Property and nearby downtown: river, thickets, and yards -- meet at the North St. municipal parking lot (map)

Monday's (4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15) from 7-8:30am:
Emmons Preserve: meadows, forests, and wetlands -- meet at the headquarters parking area on Gravelly Brook Rd. (map)

Tuesday's (4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16) from 7-8:30am:
Tyler Brook Preserve: forest and brook -- meet at the parking area on Tyler Brook Lane, off Route 9 (map)

Wednesday's (4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17) from 1-2:30pm:
Goose Rocks Beach: ocean, beach, and marsh -- meet on Kings Highway near Belair Ave. (map)

Thursday's (4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18) from 7-8:30am:
Emmons Preserve: meadows, forests, and wetlands -- meet at the headquarters parking area on Gravelly Brook Rd. (map)

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Cost: $10 per walk (20% of participant fees will be donated to the KCT). No registration required. Weather cancellations will be posted on my Public Walks & Talks page.

Questions? Contact me.

Help Out! Spread the word about these walks by posting/sharing this poster. May the birds be with you!

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Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive

Photo of American Trout-lilyWhen: Sundays, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, & 5/28 from 3:30-5pm (with rain dates of 6/11 & 6/18)

Where: Various locations in/near Biddeford, Saco, and Kennebunkport.

What: This intensive is for adults looking to gain direct experience with wild plants. We'll focus primarily on identification of plants in the field, and cover foraging guidelines, tips, and preparation methods.

In each 90-minute session, we'll spend time with a small number of plant species (some of whom may be visited in more than one session) who have edible, medicinal and/or useful parts (those parts may or may not be at the optimal stage for harvesting). We'll visit a variety of habitats to ensure species diversity. Taste testing of some plants will occur, but we will not gather plants to bring home.

In order to get the most out of this 5-week experience, participants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take notes during each outing, do follow-up journaling and research between sessions, and email Josh with questions.

What to Bring: Notebook, Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb, camera (optional), and all of your senses (essential)

Total Cost: $150. Limited to 8 participants. Payment (by cash, check, or Paypal) due in full by 4/26/17.

Interested in applying? Email josh(at)joshfecteau(dot)com.

If you're interested in this type of learning experience but the day/time of this intensive doesn't work for you, or if you have any questions, please let me know.

Birding Basics Classes

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Dark-eyed Junco (male)

I'm pleased to announce that later this month I'm teaching two Birding Basics adult education classes. The first class is in Biddeford on Monday, February 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. Then, at the end of the month, I'll present the class in Kennebunk on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:30-8:30pm.

In each class, I'll introduce 12 white season birds, 5 local birding hotspots, and a selection of essential birding tools and resources. Note this is not a two-part series, but rather a stand-alone class offered in two locations. If you live in southern Maine, I hope you can attend one of these evening classes. For registration info, visit my Public Walks & Talks page.

White Season Birds: Snow Bunting

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Snow Buntings spend their summers in the Arctic tundra throughout the circumpolar region. By late October, here in New England the first Snow Buntings arrive at favored open sites like beaches, plowed fields, grasslands, and roadsides. When on the ground, feeding quietly on seeds and insects, Snow Buntings can easily go unnoticed. But once they lift off, their flight calls and flashy white wing patches give them away. Snow Buntings remain in New England through the New Year, but by the spring equinox all but a few stragglers will have flown north for the nesting season.

Fun Fact: According to a book by Mark Carwardine called Animal Records (2003), only three birds have been seen at the north pole: a Black-legged Kittiwake, a Northern Fulmar, and a Snow Bunting.

To learn more about these snow birds, visit All About Birds. To view the following images in full-size, click here.

Event Notice

Join me this Saturday (11/19) for a guided bird walk along Parsons Way in Kennebunkport, ME. Click here for registration details.

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