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February 2024

Acadia in Winter

February 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Trip Leaders:  Bob and Sandi Duchesne Acadia National Park is truly a four-season delight, yet many Mainers have never experienced Acadia during the quieter winter months.  For anyone with an interest in birding, it can be a magical time of year. Most of our breeding songbirds will not return until April or May, but they have been replaced by a wide variety of Canada-breeding species that spend their winters here, both on land and on the water.  Trip leaders Bob…

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March 2024

CHAPTER PROGRAM: BIRD IDENTIFICATION MADE EASY

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Hybrid Zoom/in-person at FPAC; Pre-register for Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwud-urrD0oHdD69kC9Nasn3Yb2K1HUF1W3 Spring migration will soon begin. Whether you are new to birding or an experienced observer, now is the time to brush up on your field identification skills and practice new ones. Experts use visual clues such as size, shape, color, and field marks to identify birds quickly, before they can move out of sight. PVC board member Bob Duchesne will present his perennially popular slideshow tutorial, featuring…

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ISLE AU HAUT HARLEQUIN CRUISE

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Isle au Haut Ferry – Stonington
$60

Leaders: Bob and Sandi Duchesne Cost: $60 One of our all-time favorite boat trips is back. For many years, PVC hosted late March boat rides around Isle au Haut to enjoy the large flocks of seabirds that gather there.  The island hosts the largest population of wintering harlequin ducks in the east, plus an assortment of scoters, eiders, grebes, loons, and mergansers. Purple sandpipers and great cormorants are seen regularly. Black guillemots are abundant, razorbills are likely, and a surprising…

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ISLE AU HAUT HARLEQUIN CRUISE

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Isle au Haut Ferry – Stonington
$60

Leaders: Bob and Sandi Duchesne Cost: $60 One of our all-time favorite boat trips is back. For many years, PVC hosted late March boat rides around Isle au Haut to enjoy the large flocks of seabirds that gather there.  The island hosts the largest population of wintering harlequin ducks in the east, plus an assortment of scoters, eiders, grebes, loons, and mergansers. Purple sandpipers and great cormorants are seen regularly. Black guillemots are abundant, razorbills are likely, and a surprising…

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April 2024

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINE’S MUDFLATS

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tidal mudflats are one of the most dynamic habitats along Maine’s coast, and their complex ecosystems demand additional study. Organisms living in the soft mud sediment sustain many species, including humans. Migrating shorebirds feed voraciously on marine macroinvertebrates in the intertidal mud, giving these small birds enough energy to make long nonstop flights across the ocean to their wintering grounds. MDIFW wildlife biologist Chris West will help us dig deep to explore mudflat biodiversity and how this critical habitat has…

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ISLE AU HAUT HARLEQUIN CRUISE

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Isle au Haut Ferry – Stonington
$60

Leaders: Bob and Sandi Duchesne Cost: $60 One of our all-time favorite boat trips is back. For many years, PVC hosted late March boat rides around Isle au Haut to enjoy the large flocks of seabirds that gather there.  The island hosts the largest population of wintering harlequin ducks in the east, plus an assortment of scoters, eiders, grebes, loons, and mergansers. Purple sandpipers and great cormorants are seen regularly. Black guillemots are abundant, razorbills are likely, and a surprising…

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