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  • January is for FOYs
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $30 Non-members: $40
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    With the start of the year it is time to begin a new “year list”– a list of all this birds that you see within a year. Birders casually refer to a bird that they have seen for the first time in a year as a “FOY” (ˈfȯi), short for First of Year. Traveling by van, we will devote the day to seeing as many bird species, or as many FOYs, as we can and have a good start to our year lists. There will not be any set route for this trip as we will go where the birds are but we will mostly be staying in the southern and coastal region.

  • Portland Patches: Back Cove
    • Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Back Cove, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    Back Cove offers a variety of birds to enjoy, especially in the winter: ducks, gulls, and this year has a good chance for a Snowy Owl! Not a bad way to start a patch list.

    Meet our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, in the parking lot off Preble Street in Portland (see the map link above). From here you’ll bird the Back Cove area and see what amazing birds occur so close to a bustling city.

  • Winter Birding in Greater Bangor
    • Saturday Jan 17, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join Jerry Smith for a four-hour excursion around greater Bangor looking for wintering feathered friends. Pre-trip scouting will determine where we go and what we might see. We’ll hope for waxwings, winter finches and waterfowl.

    Snow date: Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Trip Leader: Jerry Smith

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 Non-members: $40
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    This annual field trip explores several of greater Portland’s birding hot spots.

    Starting at Back Cove, we will scan for waterfowl, then work our way around the East End to Portland’s waterfront to check the congregations of gulls for unusual species, including: Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed. From there we will cross the bridge to Willard Beach and work our way along the Cape Elizabeth shore to Portland Head Light, Two Lights State Park and Kettle Cove (time and weather permitting).

    Expect to see loons, grebes, Great Cormorant, at least eight duck species, and other seabirds. Luck may turn up a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Brant or possibly a King Eider.

    *Information packet coming soon!

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Mar 14, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.