Monday, February 28, 2011

FUNDY BIRDS: Down East Spring Bird Festival Schedule

On Machias Seal Island, Gulf of MaineImage via Wikipedia
May 27 - 30, 2011   ~   Cobscook Bay Area, Maine
Events in blue are in the northern part of the festival region.  Brown events are in the central part of the
festival region. Green events are in the southern part of the festival region.

Friday, May 27 Festival HQ at Moosehorn NWR at the YCC Building in Baring
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Cutler.  Puffin Trip to Machias Seal Island (Capt. Andy Patterson, $95 fee)
Noon – 5:30 pm Baring/MNWR. Festival HQ and Registration Table Open
Noon – 5 pm  BaringMNWR. Woodcarving Demonstration at YCC Building
Noon & 12:30 pm Baring/MNWR.  20 min. slide presentation on the Warblers of Moosehorn
1 pm   Baring/MNWR.  Opening Remarks
1 pm   ABC/C Birdathon Competition Begins – Washington County
1:15 – 2:30 pm Baring/MNWR. Opening Presentation:  Birding Equipment:  Birding Optics, Gear and More
(Carroll Tiernan)
2:30 – 5:30 pm  Baring/MNWR. Afternoon Hikes (Warbler Walk and more)  (Refuge Staff)
6 pm – 8 pm Down East Heritage Museum.  Welcome Social and Presentation “Birding by Ear” by Bob
Duschene    Light Dinner ($17.50 per person)
Saturday, May 28 Festival HQ at Moosehorn NWR at the YCC Building in Baring
6 am – 6 pm  Baring/MNWR.  Festival HQ Open.
6 am – 9 am  Eastport. Shackford Head State Park Hike (Roland LaVallee)
6:30 am – 9 am Perry. Birding at Pottle Tree Farm (Fred & Linda Gralenski / Larry Lane)
6:45 am – 11 am Baring/MNWR.  Morning Hikes (Refuge Staff)
7 am – 3 pm  Topsfield. Burn Road Hike (Marion Bates)
8 am – Noon  Edmunds.  Cobscook Bay Kayak Trip. (Steve Ftorek, $40 fee)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Cutler.  Puffin Trip to Machias Seal Island.  (Capt. Andy Patterson, $95 fee)
10 am – 11:30 am Baring.MNWR. Children and Family Birding Activities (Stephanie Allard)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Baring/MNWR.  “Birds of Prey” Live Raptor Program (Chewonki Foundation staff)
12:45 – 1:45 pm Baring/MNWR.  “Birds of Prey” Live Raptor Program (Chewonki Foundation staff)
2:00 – 4:00 pm Cobscook Bay Region:  Medicinal and Edible Plan Walk (Amy Zipperer and Fred Gralenski).
3:30 – 4:30 pm  Baring/MNWR. Global Warming and Bird Migration Presentation (Dr. Herb Wilson)
5 – 6 pm  Baring/MNWR. Eagle and Osprey Viewing (Andy Slater)
6:00 – 7:30 pm  Baring/MNWR.  Evening Hike:  Rails, Wrens and Night Hawks (Refuge Staff)  
7:30 – 10 pm  Baring/MNWR.  Night Hike:  Woodcock, Whippoorwills & Owls (Refuge Staff)
Sunday, May 29 Festival HQ at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott
6:30–10:30 am  Lubec.  Morong Point Hike  (_TBD______________)
6:30 – 10:30 am Cutler/Trescott:   Norse Pond/Moose Cove (Kirk Gentalen, MCHT)
7 – 10:30 am  Lubec:  Boot Head Preserve (Dr. Herb Wilson)
7 am – 4 pm  Trescott/Cobscook Bay region.  All day van excursion (Bob and Sandi Duchesne)
10 am – 8 pm  Trescott.  Festival HQ open at the Cobscook Community Learning Center
11 am – 1 pm  Dennysville:  Canoe Paddle, Great Works Pond (Bill Robinson:  $30 fee)
11 am – 12:30 pm Red Beach:  St. Croix International park.  Interactive presentation with park ranger
12:30 – 1:30  Trescott/CCLC. Birding Optics, Gear and More (Carroll Tiernan, $7 fee includes lunch)  
1:30 – 4 pm  Eastport.  Birdwatching Cruise (Capt. Butch Harris, $45 fee)   (Guide;  TBD)
2:00 – 3:30 pm  Red Beach:  St. Croix International Park.  Interactive presentation with park ranger
2 – 4:30 pm  Trescott/CCLC. Nature Sketching and Journaling
2 pm – 5 pm  Trescott. Lazy Day Birding (Fred Hartman)
5:30 pm  Trescott. Dinner and evening activities / entertainment at the CCLC. ($20 fee)
6:30 – 9 pm            Edmunds MNWR. Wildlife and Woodcock Management Hike  (Bill Kolodnicki & Barry
Southard) (There may be a drive to guarantee woodcock sightings, followed by a short hike.
Participants should be prepared to drive/carpool to a designated location.)

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