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Birding by Ear at Appleton Library: Listening for Returning Migrants
with Gary Roberts
Have you ever wanted to go birding without being encumbered by field guides, binoculars, or spotting scope? or wondered what bird is singing just out of sight? Join Maine Guide and Naturalist Gary Roberts and learn to identify the songs and calls of common warblers and other returning spring migrants. The class includes a Saturday field trip to Beech Hill, on May 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm. No charge but please call the Appleton Library at 785-5656 to register. 4 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 4/4 Appleton Library 2916 Sennebec Road Appleton Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts is a resident of Appleton and has been a volunteer naturalist, trip leader, and speaker for over 30 years. He specializes in guiding from a natural history perspective and focuses particularly on the native flora and fauna of Maine. Gary has been a long time volunteer for Maine Audubon and has volunteered with the Maine Plant Conservation Volunteers, Mountain Birdwatch, Maine Owl Survey Project, and Seanet.
Birding by Habitat
with Shelley Spanswick
Spring is a great time of year to get outside and look for spring migrants! Our avian friends are on the move heading to their summer homes. Birding by Habitat will take you to three very different habitat types and focus on bird identification clues based on the surroundings. This is a field oriented class so please be prepared for outdoor elements (rain, wind, varying spring temps). Participants should dress in appropriate layers and bring their own binoculars. If you don’t have binoculars, let the instructor know. If weather does not cooperate, class will be held at Merryspring Nature Center. DIscussion will also cover attracting birds to your yard, common injuries birds sustain due to human interaction, and what you can do to help. Registration $45. 4 weeks 8:00-10:00 a.m. Begins Fri 5/4 Merryspring Nature Park Shelley Spanswick has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has worked as a wild bird rehabilitator for over 10 years. She began her career as an intern and volunteer at Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine, continued to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ, and later returned to Avian Haven. She has led owl prowls with the Riley School and Merryspring and is continuing her pursuit to help educate the public about the wonders of the avian world. Shelley adds a unique perspective to the classic birding walks because she has worked intimately with a variety of species.
Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada
with David Spahr
This class will feature easy-to-understand information on finding, collecting, identifying, and preparing the safer and more common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New England and Eastern Canada. Whether you are a cook, forager, herbalist, or restaurateur you will enjoy this class. The book "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada" will be available for purchase in class for $21. Registration $20. 1 night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class Wed 5/2 CHRHS Rm 211 David Spahr is a naturalist, photographer and forest farmer who has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a web site devoted to the subject, mushroom-collecting.com. He is currently writing a book on foraging.
with David Spahr
Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and fungi. We will be examining commonly found "spring things" including nutritious greens, their uses, and their niche in the local ecology. Class will meet near the windmill behind school. Registration $20. 1 day 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Class Sat 6/2 CHRHS Windmill David Spahr is a naturalist, photographer and forest farmer who has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a web site devoted to the subject, mushroom-collecting.com. He is currently writing a book on foraging.