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October 2021

Fall Foliage 5K Trail Run

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Join us for our annual trail running event. This challenging course will take you up through our beautiful, wooded trails, onto the adjoining Holden Land Trust trail system and down scenic roads for the perfect foliage tour!  $25 registration (member), $30 registration (non-member), includes commemorative race t-shirt.

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Annual Fall Stewardship Day

October 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Join the Fields Pond staff for a morning of stewardship activities focused on improving our trails and public spaces. Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear.  Snacks provided!

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November 2021

BEST OF BOB: TEN YEARS OF WORK AS THE BDN BIRD GUY

November 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Free

Ten years ago, Bob Duchesne began writing a weekly birding column for the Bangor Daily News. Many of his columns were based on his unusual and far-flung adventures in the Maine outdoors, pursuing his passionate interest in birds. All were captured in photos, many in videos.  Join us for a magical evening of story-telling and pictures, as Bob shares what he considers to be his best work over ten years of extreme birding in Maine.

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February 2022

WILD TURKEYS IN MAINE

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Very few species-recovery attempts in Maine can boast the overwhelming success story behind the reintroduction of the wild turkey. The species had been completely extirpated from the state by the early 1800s.  A small breeding population was finally re-established in York County in the 1970s, after several earlier attempts had failed.  Today, wild turkeys can be found in abundance throughout Maine. Kelsey Sullivan, the turkey wildlife specialist at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak on wild turkey…

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March 2022

ETHICAL QUESTIONS FOR THE OUTDOOR NATURALIST (Zoom presentation)

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom webinar; pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nGJpJr-SR2Ghro2oxuwiOA Birding and other wildlife-watching activities have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and especially during the pandemic. Doug Hitchcox, Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, will talk about the ethical issues that often confront well-meaning birders and wildlife-watchers, and dispel some of the myths that exist in our evolving relationship with nature. Topics include: Does bird-feeding actually help birds survive? Why are so-called “bird-friendly” yards often more deadly for birds? Should you chase after a rare…

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DOWNEAST WINTER BIRDFEST

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Leaders: Sandi and Bob Duchesne, both fully vaccinated and boosted.  We will carpool via Ellsworth and then follow Coastal Route 1 to the Schoodic Peninsula, stopping at numerous hot spots along the way to check for wintering seabirds, bald eagles, unusual gulls, finches, and other winter specialties. We’ll take a few short walks (all optional), including the opportunity to climb down the shelf-like rocks at Schoodic Point to get closer to the water, but no long hikes. Meet at…

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April 2022

KATAHDIN-REGION HISTORICAL AND PRESENT-DAY CONSERVATION

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom webinar; pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rBCvbIiTTvCdpB6kwKLpyg Join Elise Goplerud, Program Associate for the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters (KWW), and Jeanne Roy, National Park Service Interpretation and Education Manager for KWW, for an inside look at conservation in the Katahdin region, past and present. Goplerud and Roy will describe the history of conservation in the area, and delve deeper into the creation and history of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. They will also discuss what is currently happening…

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EARLY SPRING BIRDING IN ESSEX WOODS

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Leader: Bob Milardo, fully vaccinated and boosted. Bob prefers to call this Bangor hot-spot “Little Penjajawoc Marsh,” since it is part of the larger Penjajawoc-Caribou Marsh wetlands ecosystem that covers a huge swath of the greater Bangor region.  No matter what you choose to call it, this is always a lively place to look for puddle ducks, marsh species, year-round residents, and early-returning migratory species in April.  Meet at the Garden Way entrance, from Drew Lane adjacent to Stillwater Ave…

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SEDGEUNKEDUNK MARSH PADDLE

April 30 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Leader:  Gordon Russell, fully vaccinated and boosted.  Cartop your own canoe or kayak to the Sedgeunkedunk Dam parking lot on the Brewer Lake Road in Orrington, and arrive early enough to unload your boat and gear and be ready to put into the water at 8 a.m.  We will look and listen for marsh birds such as Wilson’s snipe, sora, Virginia rail, marsh wren, pied-billed grebe, and American bittern, as well as for great blue heron, bald eagle and osprey. …

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May 2022

PVC ANNUAL MEETING & IBERA LECTURE: PROTECTING AT-RISK NEARSHORE BIRDS, IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK AND ELSEWHERE

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Planned to present live at FPAC; we will switch to Zoom and post updates on the listserv, Facebook, and website, if CDC guidance changes on inside meetings in COVID-19 high-transmission areas.  The nearshore ecosystem in Maine supports resident and migratory bird species that rely on intertidal and subtidal zones for roosting and foraging. Mechanical rockweed harvesting along Maine’s coast has focused increased concern on species that depend on rockweed for food and shelter, and whether prime habitat for multiple species…

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