Public Walks & Talks

If you'd like to propose an event near you or if you'd like to be notified of future outings, e-mail josh(at)joshfecteau(dot)com.


Upcoming Events for 2017

All levels of experience welcome! Curiosity required.

 


4/2 -- Birding Biddeford Pool

When: Sunday, April 2nd from 2-3:30pm (weather permitting)

Where: Meet on 7th Street near Ocean Ave. in Biddeford Pool (map)

What: Join me for an early April coastal walk in Biddeford Pool. We'll be on the look-out for diving ducks, loons, grebes, and Brant, and we have a chance of finding Purple Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones. We'll also check a few side streets for sparrows and other songbirds. Binoculars are a must! Bring along a spotting scope if you have one. Novice birders welcome.

Cost: Sliding scale: $0-$15.

Registration: Email josh(at)joshfecteau(dot)com to let me know you'll be attending.


4/8 -- Birding Goose Rocks Beach

Photo of Piping PloverWhen: Saturday, April 8th from 9-10:30am (weather permitting)

Where: Meet on Kings Highway near Belair Ave. in Kennebunkport (map)

What: Join me for an early spring walk at Goose Rocks Beach. We'll walk a section of sand with our eyes peeled for Piping Plovers, and then we'll check the marshes along Dyke Road for ducks, geese, and wading birds. Binoculars are a must! Bring along a spotting scope if you have one. Novice birders welcome.

Cost: Sliding scale: $0-$15.

Registration: Email josh(at)joshfecteau(dot)com to let me know you'll be attending.


4/30... -- 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 4/23/17.

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.


5/?? -- Birds of Spring (Talk)

When: TBA

Where: Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME

What: In this photo presentation, you'll be introduced to 12 birds of spring, including a tree-nesting duck, an island-nesting gull, a highway hawk, a suburban sparrow, a wary warbler, a lesser known crow, and a bird who sounds like a cat. No experience with birds needed; curiosity required!

Cost: Free!


 

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Past Events

2017 Walks

3/25 -- Birding Parsons Way (view eBird checklist)
3/18 -- Tasting the Wild: An introduction to foraging wild plants (Talk) for the York County Master Gardener Symposium
2/28 -- Birding Basics: Winter (Talk) offered through RSU21 Adult Education
2/27 -- Birding Basics: Winter (Talk) offered through Biddeford Adult Education
1/29 -- Birding the Saco River (view eBird checklist one & two)
1/15 -- Birding Wells Harbor (view eBird checklist one & two)


2016 Walks

12/10 -- Birding Parsons Way (view eBird checklist)
10/29 -- Fall Birding: Fortunes Rocks
9/9-10 -- Guided Plant Walks at Maine Primitive Gathering
8/24 -- Introduction to Foraging Wild Plants (Talk) for the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
7/24 -- Summer Shorebirds: Biddeford Pool
7/17 -- Coastal Nature Tour: Biddeford Pool
7/17 -- Summer Birding: Emmons Preserve, 23 species (view eBird checklist)
7/3 -- Coastal Nature Tour: Biddeford Pool
6/12 -- Spring Foraging: Kennebunk Plains
6/2-4 -- Birding Guide at the Acadia Birding Festival
5/22 -- Spring Foraging: Biddeford Pool
5/15 -- Spring Foraging: Rotary Park
4/24 -- Spring Foraging: Parsons Way
4/22 -- Spring Birding: Sanford Lagoons, 43 species (view eBird checklist)
4/15 -- Harbor Road Nature Walk for Wells Public Library
3/26 -- Parsons Way Bird Walk, 32 species (view eBird checklist)
2/6 -- Winter Birds Along Parsons Way, 28 species (view eBird checklist)


2015 Walks

10/25 -- Tree & Bird ID Walk at Emmons Preserve
9/11-12 -- Guided Plant Walks at Maine Primitive Gathering
9/4 -- Harbor Road Nature Walk for Wells Public Library
7/3/15 -- Wild Edibles Walk at Gilsland Farm Audubon
5/1/15 -- Harbor Road Nature Walk for Wells Public Library


2014 Walks/Talks

11/30/14 -- Rotary Park Nature Walk
10/3/14 -- Harbor Road Nature Walk for Wells Public Library
9/27/14 -- Weaving a Tiny Ash Basket at A.C.O.R.N. Festival
9/7/14 -- Primitive Skills in Modern Life (Discussion) at MPG
9/6/14 -- Whittling Wood at Maine Primitive Gathering
9/5/14 -- Knife Safety & Basic Wood Carving at Maine Primitive Gathering
8/10/14 -- Unraveling Marsh Upland Mysteries for the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
7/27/14 -- McDougal Orchards Bird Walk, 9 species (view eBird checklist)
7/26/14 -- Bird Walk at Wells Reserve, 40 species (view eBird checklist)
6/15/14 -- Wild Edibles Workshop at Frinklepod Farm
6/1/14 -- Wild Edibles Walk at Emmons Preserve
5/20/14 -- An Introduction to Wild Food Foraging (Talk) for the York County Aubudon
5/3/14 -- Bird Walk at Emmons, 21 species (view eBird checklist)
4/27/14 -- Bird Walk at Emmons, 19 species (view eBird checklist)
3/15/14 -- Coastal Nature Walk in Biddeford Pool


2013 Walks

10/5/13 -- Saturday Morning Bird Hour at Plainville Cemetery
8/17/13 -- Wild Edible Plants Walk at Plainville Cemetery
7/27/13 -- Eagle Scout Nature Trail Walk, 17 species (view eBird checklist)
7/9/13 -- Plainville Library Bird Walk,  20 species (view eBird checklist)
6/23/13 -- Ferns and Feathered Friends Walk, 11 fern species (see handout) & 21 species of birds (view eBird checklist)
5/3/13 -- Cemetery Bird Walk, 28 species (view eBird checklist)
4/26/13 -- Cemetery Bird Walk, 29 species (view eBird checklist)
4/19/13 -- Cemetery Bird Walk, 29 species (view eBird checklist)


2012 Plainville Cemetery Bird Walks

12/28/12 -- 25 species (view eBird checklist)
12/14/12 -- 27 species (view eBird checklist)
12/7/12 -- 23 species (view eBird checklist)
11/23/12 -- 26 species (view eBird checklist)
11/16/12 -- 25 species (view eBird checklist)
11/9/12 -- 24 species (view eBird checklist)
11/2/12 -- 27 species (view eBird checklist)
10/26/12 -- 29 species (view eBird checklist)