Everyone welcome, free of charge. Please check back periodically for updates. Thanks to Viles Arboretum (153 Hospital Street, Augusta) for hosting our annual winter presentations. All presentations are in the Viles Conference room (right/south side of building).
2020 Birding Presentations
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
Cheryl Ring will share photos of some of the 242 species seen on her “Grand Birding Tour of Alaska” in 2018 with the organization, “Field Guides”. Cheryl: “Most of the photos were taken by our leaders, so they’re really good! The trip took almost a month, and included the Pribilofs, (thousands of breeding seabirds packed the cliffs and a few migrants from Asia appeared, such as Brambling and Temick’s Stint); Denali, with its incredible scenery and wildlife spectacles; Nome, where two major avifaunas (American and Eurasian) merge, and we saw Bluethroats, Arctic Warblers, Rock Ptarmigan on the nest, as well as all five species of loon – #5 at 12:15 am (Yellow-billed)– thrilling. Boat trip through the icy waters and rugged peaks of Kenai Fjords National Park with Black Oystercatchers, Kittlitz’s and Ancient murrelets, Humpback Whales, and singing Orcas. And finally, a flight to Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, to see all four eiders, Snowy Owl, and hundreds of displaying shorebirds. June definitely is (and was!) the time to be in Alaska, when the birds are in courtship and full breeding regalia.”
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Glenn Hodgkins will present “The Maine Bird Atlas—Experience from the field and interesting findings from the first two years”
The Maine Bird Atlas is a 5-year project, led by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Its purpose is to document breeding birds in all areas and habitats of the state to better understand their current abundance and distribution. The Atlas relies mainly on volunteer birders to collect the data on breeding birds. The first atlas was conducted from 1978 to 1983 and many things have changed since then. Glenn has been the lead surveyor for three atlas blocks (around Androscoggin Lake in Leeds, Bald Mountain near Weld, and Big Moose Mountain near Greenville) and has documented breeding birds in many other blocks, particularly in Kennebec County. Glenn will pass on some of the findings from the first two years of the survey, share his experiences and pictures from the field, and give hints on collecting data in the final 3 years of this important project.
There will be a talk in late April by Louis Bevier, details to follow.
Presentations coordinated by Howard Lake and Margaret Viens