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- Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
- Members: $10 Non-members: $15
Now that you’ve learned your Ansers* in the classroom, we will go study them in the field!
Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Last year’s highlights included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.
*Not a typo! – Ansers, shot for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.
You can register in advance for this trip by clicking the button below and if you would like to carpool from Falmouth, please contact Doug Hitchcox at email@example.com
See the program flier here: What’s Up Duck Flier [pdf]
Come and enjoy an adventure told with brilliant photography.
In June 2013 Ron and Lee Davis spent 10 days paddling the Canning River from the Brooks Range to the Beaufort Sea, north of the Arctic Circle in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge wilderness of Alaska in a quest for adventure and wildlife experiences.
This rigorous trip taxed the endurance and outdoor skills of the 8-person party, but provided sightings of wolves, foxes, caribou, arctic nesting birds, and a profusion of brilliant tundra wildflowers.
A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest.
Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Jan Pierson is one of the founders of Field Guides and a veteran of more than 35 years of international birding and guiding. He has traveled far and wide to all continents, yet some of his favorite birding experiences remain simple ones: spring warbler migration, savoring good, long looks at birds, be they rare or common, tropical or temperate, and watching other birders thrill at their first-time discoveries.
Peter Vickery is president of the Center for Ecological Research and is currently writing a book on Maine birds. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 scientific research papers and numerous popular articles on natural history and conservation.
Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf]