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Birding by Ear at Appleton Library
with Gary Roberts
Have you ever wondered what that bird is singing just out of view? Then join Maine Guide Gary Roberts for a 4 week class on bird identification not with binoculars or spotting scope, but by listening to a species individual song and calls. The class will start with a visual review of common birds of Maine, then each week we will listen to and practice identifying a selected number of birds by their songs and calls using recordings and common mnemonics. No charge but please call the Appleton Library at 785-5656 to register. 4 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 9/20 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
Fall is a great time of year to get outside and look for fall migrants! Our avian friends are on the move heading to their winter homes. This means that many species are in non-breeding plumages and not singing their classic territorial songs. 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 fall 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 $35. 3 weeks 9:00-11:00 a.m. Begins Fri 9/29 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.
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Introduction to the Natural History of Midcoast Maine
with Kristen Lindquist
Maine is noted for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Can you identify the song of our state bird? Better yet, can you identify our state bird? (It’s the Black-capped Chickadee.) Ever wondered how to find the North Star? Can you name three wildflowers you might find in the Camden Hills? In this two-session class you will develop basic literacy in the natural history of wildlife-rich midcoast Maine by learning how to identify some of the trees, wildflowers, birds, butterflies, animal tracks, and even stars and constellations most easily found here. Geared for the real beginner, this class will enhance your basic knowledge and awareness of the natural world around you! Registration $25. 2 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Tues 11/28 CHRHS Rm 210 Kristen Lindquist is an amateur naturalist who leads birding field trips throughout the state and serves as a guide at the annual Acadia Birding Festival. She wrote the Knox County chapter of the new book Birdwatching in Maine, and her natural history column appears each month on PenBayPilot.com. A member of the board of Merryspring Nature Center, she is also the first female member of the Maine Bird Records Committee.
Journaling Your Birding Experience
with Gary Roberts
Whether you prefer pen and paper or a computer you can enhance your birding experience by maintaining a birding journal. Join Maine Guide and naturalist Gary Roberts for a discussion on starting a Birder's Journal through writing, drawing, photography, and recordings. Instead of setting a number of bird sightings as a goal, you will become better acquainted with an individual bird, its habits and habitat, through the process of journaling. And you will have a record of field notes to refer to as you increase your number of sightings. Registration $35. 6 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Mon 10/16 CHRHS Rm 221 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.
Northern Maine History and Wildlife
with Ron Joseph
The instructor will talk about his first-hand experience working with French-Canadian loggers, meeting hermits in his travels, and conducting wildlife research. Northern Maine is a region proud of its rich history, ties to Quebec, and fascinating wildlife that is more abundant in Canada’s boreal forests than in New England’s mixed hardwood-softwood forests. Registration $20. 1 night 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class Tues 11/14 CHRHS Rm 225 Ron Joseph is a retired Maine wildlife biologist. He worked three years for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the Moosehead Lake and Aroostook County regions, and has spent the bulk of his career – 30 years – with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Orono.