Presentations & meetings 2017

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 will be at 7pm in the Viles Conference room (right/south side of building).

2018 Thursday Birding Presentations

More details on the talks to follow fairly soon.

January 25–Birds and Birding Locations in the Capital Region, Margaret Viens and Glenn Hodgkins. Margaret and Glenn will talk about some of the top birding locations in and near Augusta and some as far as Waterville and Sabattus. This will include hints on the best way to bird these locations and the best time of year to bird there. They will share many of their best bird photos from each of these spots.

February 22–Round the World Birding, Becky Marvil. In the summer of 2015, Becky Marvil spent 30 days with her husband, Josh (a pilot), and two other couples traveling around the world in a private plane. From the volcanic islands of the Azores to the 106-degree heat of the Oman to the chilly, drizzly coast of Alaska, Becky will share her photos and stories of bird species from around the globe.

March 8–Birds in the Hand, Dorcas Miller, Master Naturalist. Using specimens from its collection, made possible with a permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maine Master Naturalist Program will display feathers, skulls, skeletons, cough pellets, and whole birds (road-killed but in good shape and stored in a freezer). This will be a curated, hands-on program rather than a lecture. If you have ever asked any of these questions (or even if you haven’t), come and discover . . . What common nests might I see during winter? How big is a saw-whet owl compared to a barred owl compared to a great horned owl? How can I tell bird scat from mammal scat? What’s are primary, secondary and tertiary flight feathers? What do they do and how do they differ? How do specialized feet help a species perch, procure food and/or protect itself?
What’s a scleral ring and what role does it play in a bird’s eye socket? What field marks might I see if I held a warbler in the hand? Bring a pen light and/or hand lens (or magnifying glass) if you have them for better viewing small nests and structures. Latex gloves and a bottle of hand-sanitizer will be provided.

April 26–Birding the Dominican Republic, Herb Wilson, Colby College.

 

Presentations coordinated by Howard Lake and Margaret Viens