Public Walks & Talks

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Upcoming Events for 2017

All levels of experience welcome! Curiosity required.

 


9/25 -- Tasting the Wild: An introduction to foraging wild plants (Talk)

Photo of Highbush BlueberryWhen: Monday, September 25th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Learning Center Rm. 24, 189 Alfred Street, Biddeford, ME

Note: If you can't make this date, I'm offering the same class in Kennebunk on 9/26 (see below).

What: Nibbling on wild edible plants is a powerful way to connect with your local landscape. In this two-hour class, I'll inspire you to branch out and try some of the tasty, wild offerings found within and beyond your gardens and yards. I'll discuss my essential foraging guidelines, emphasizing personal safety and respectful gathering, as well as share some helpful tips, including identifying several fantastic foraging teachers, books and websites. Through photos, information and stories, you'll get to know an assemblage of plants who offer sensory experiences you can't get from your neighborhood grocery store!

Cost: $20.

Registration: You can sign up on the Biddeford Adult Education website.


9/26 -- Tasting the Wild: An introduction to foraging wild plants (Talk)

Photo of Nannyberry fruit clusterWhen: Tuesday, September 26th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Kennebunk Elementary School, 177 Alewive Rd., Kennebunk, ME

Note: If you can't make this date, I'm offering the same class in Biddeford on 9/25 (see above).

What: Nibbling on wild edible plants is a powerful way to connect with your local landscape. In this two-hour class, I'll inspire you to branch out and try some of the tasty, wild offerings found within and beyond your gardens and yards. I'll discuss my essential foraging guidelines, emphasizing personal safety and respectful gathering, as well as share some helpful tips, including identifying several fantastic foraging teachers, books and websites. Through photos, information and stories, you'll get to know an assemblage of plants who offer sensory experiences you can't get from your neighborhood grocery store!

Cost: $18.

Registration: You can sign up on the Adult Education of the Kennebunks and Arundel website.


10/16 -- Birds of Autumn: A photographic exploration (Talk)

When: Monday, October 16th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Learning Center Rm. 24, 189 Alfred Street, Biddeford, ME

Note: If you can't make this date, I'm offering the same class in Kennebunk on 10/17 (see below).

What: In this two-hour class, I'll introduce you to some of my feathered friends of fall through photos, audio clips, and stories. Venturing beyond the birds of backyard feeders, you may discover wild winged ones you never knew existed. No experience with birds needed; curiosity required!

Cost: $20.

Registration: You can sign up on the Biddeford Adult Education website.


10/17 -- Birds of Autumn: A photographic exploration (Talk)

Photo of Ring-necked DuckWhen: Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Kennebunk Elementary School, 177 Alewive Rd., Kennebunk, ME

Note: If you can't make this date, I'm offering the same class in Biddeford on 10/16 (see above).

What: In this two-hour class, I'll introduce you to some of my feathered friends of fall through photos, audio clips, and stories. Venturing beyond the birds of backyard feeders, you may discover wild winged ones you never knew existed. No experience with birds needed; curiosity required!

Cost: $18.

Registration: You can sign up on the Adult Education of the Kennebunks and Arundel website.


 

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Past Events

2017 Walks

8/23 -- Summer Birding: Hills Beach
8/17 -- Summer Birding: Biddeford Pool
8/12 -- Summer Edibles: Kennebunk Plains
7/16 -- Wild Edibles Walk at Gilsland Farm
7/15 -- Summer Birding: Biddeford Pool
7/8 -- Coastal Wild Edibles: Biddeford Pool
6/22 -- Tasting the Wild (Talk) at Thomas Memorial Library
6/11 -- Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive (Session #5)
5/31-6/4 -- Birding Guide at the Acadia Birding Festival
5/28 -- Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive (Session #4)
5/21 -- Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive (Session #3)
5/18 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-20 (view eBird checklist)
5/17 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-19 (view eBird checklist)
5/16 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-18 (view eBird checklist)
5/11 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-15 (view eBird checklist)
5/10 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-14 (view eBird checklist)
5/9 -- Birds of Spring (Talk) at Kennebunk Free Library
5/9 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-13 (view eBird checklist)
5/8 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-12 (view eBird checklist)
5/7 -- Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive (Session #2)
5/7 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 3-11 (view eBird checklist)
5/4 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 2-10 (view eBird checklist)
5/3 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 2-9 (view eBird checklist)
5/1 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 2-7 (view eBird checklist)
4/30 -- Spring Foraging 5-Week Intensive (Session #1)
4/30 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 2-6 (view eBird checklist)
4/27 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 1-5 (view eBird checklist)
4/25 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 1-3 (view eBird checklist)
4/24 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 1-2 (view eBird checklist)
4/23 -- KCT Spring Bird Walk 1-1 (view eBird checklist)
4/8 -- Birding Goose Rocks Beach (view eBird checklist)
4/2 -- Birding Biddeford Pool
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)