Events & Programs

  • March
  • Program: The Maine River Bird Project
    • Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
    Osprey: Photo by Sharon Fiedler

    Osprey: Photo by Sharon Fiedler

    Join Erynn Call, the Raptor Specialist in the Wildlife Research and Assessment Section of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Tonight she will discuss the Maine River Bird Project, a statewide citizen science initiative aimed at better understanding relations between riverine ecosystems and river birds, emphasizing dams, dam removal, river restoration, and the return of sea-run fishes. Features such as water flow, presence of dams, and land cover may be altered by river restoration and urbanization. The project started in the fall of 2008 and encompasses 10 rivers and over 80 survey sites. Increased awareness of the interactions between river features, river herring, and bird abundance will provide valuable insights to guide future management and conservation decisions.

  • April
  • Field Trip: Waterfowl of Bowdoinham
    • Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Bowdoinham Town Landing

    Join Merrymeeting Audubon on this outing to Brown Point in Bowdoinham in search for early waterfowl migrants. The area has been a good site in the past for unusual species such as Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Green-winged Teal, as well as more common treats such as Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, and Blue winged Teal.  Meat at the Bowdoinham Town Landing at 8:00 a.m. or 7:15 at Hannaford in Brunswick to carpool. Trip is dependent on the ice being out,. Please check back for trip status updates or call John Berry at 632-7257.

  • Field Trip: Scarborough Marsh
    • Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 7:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Bath CVS at 7:00, Brunswick Hannaford's at 7:20

    Glossy Ibis

    Join Merrymeeting Audubon on this annual Welcome to Spring outing at Maine’s largest salt-water marsh. We hope to see Brant and other migrating waterfowl, snipe, sandpipers, herons, egrets, ibis and sparrows.

    Bring lunch or a snack

    Meet at Bath CVS at 7:00 am, or Brunswick Hannaford’s at 7:20, or call Maurice Dauphin at 207-329-2582 for a meeting place and time in Scarborough.

  • Field Trip: Brunswick Landing
    • Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 7:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Brunswick Landing, Bath Road Entrance Parking Area

    Join Merrymeeting Audubon on this spring  trips exploring the decommissioned Brunswick Naval Air Station property.  With both open areas and evergreen forests, we will be looking for early spring migrants.

    Directions: Brunswick Landing  is off Bath Road just west of Cooks Corners and will be on your right if coming from Brunswick.  The entrance at a traffic light is Admiral Fitch Ave.  We will meet in the parking lot at the corner of Admiral Fitch Avenue and Allagash Street (across from the vintage Navy Orion aircraft), a short distance inside the Bath Road entrance to Brunswick Landing.

  • Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker Steve Morello
    • Monday, Apr 24, 2017 5:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: St. Charles Borromeo Church Meeting Hall

    AntarticaSteve Morello, the Traveling Nature Photographer, has been a professional nature photographer for over 30 years and has photographed for many prestigious publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, and World Wildlife Fund. Steve is a photo instructor for Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions and teaches at the National Audubon Society’s Camp at Hog Island in Maine. Come share his images from around the world and learn how having the right attitude about your photography is just as important as knowing about F-stops and shutter speeds. Some of the topics explored will be telling a story with your images, and making your images a reflection of your vision. Please join us for this fascinating evening with an exceptional naturalist.

    Refreshments catered by Marie Dufresne.

    Reservation required by April 20. $15 per person. Please make checks out to: Merrymeeting Audubon.

    Mail your check to:
    Karen Carlisle
    14 Hannahs Cove Rd.
    Harpswell, ME 04079

  • Field Trip: Whiskeag Creek, Bath
    • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Sewall Woods
    Blue-winged Teal

    Blue-winged Teal

    EVENT CANCELLED
    (due to ongoing lumbering operations in the area)

  • Work Day: Hamilton Sanctuary
    • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Hamilton Sanctuary
    • Glenn Evans

    Clear trails, repair erosion damage, remove invasive and spruce up the memorial garden. We will be putting up bird boxes.

    Please call Glenn Evans at 443-9652 if you plan on coming.

  • May
  • Field Trip: Great Pond Preserve
    • Sunday, May 7, 2017 7:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: from Brunswick Hannaford's, 35 Elm St.

    Great PondDiscover the Great Pond Preserve, a hidden gem in Cape Elizabeth. In addition to the 130-acre pond and surrounding marsh, the preserve features an 800-foot elevated walkway along a portion of the property.

    Meet at Hannaford in Brunswick at 7:00 a.m. For more information or to meet at Great Pond, contact Gordon Smith at 725-0282.

  • Field Trip: Crystal Spring Farm
    • Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:30am – 11:00am
    • Location: Crystal Springs Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Rd., Brunswick

    Merrymeeting Audubon invites you to explore Crystal Spring Farm.  This heritage farm has a variety of habitats, including fields, forests and ponds. On our list of target species are Eastern Bluebird, Bobolinks as well as warblers.

    Meet at Crystal Spring Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick at 7:30 a.m. FMI contact Ted Allen at 729-8661.

  • Field Trip: International Migratory Bird Day
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:45am – 11:00am
    • Location: from Brunswick Hannaford's, 35 Elm St.

    RPCelebrate International Migratory Bird Day at River Point in West Falmouth with the Biodiversity Research Institute. Activities include guided bird and nature walks, bird banding demonstrations, a learning trail with stops staffed by BRI naturalists, as well as activities for children.

    Join the fun. Pack a picnic lunch and meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 6:45 a.m. or at River Point in West Falmouth at 7:00.FMI contact Gordon Smith at 725-0282.

  • Field Trip: Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach, Phippsburg
    • Sunday, May 14, 2017 7:00am – 1:30pm
    • Location: 7:00 from Brunswick Hannaford, 35 Elm St. or 7:30 at Morse Mountain parking area
    • Gordon Smith
    View from the top.

    View from the top.

    The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg is a great spot for migrants and nesting woodland birds. Raptors are sometimes seen from the top and there will be shorebirds, gulls, terns and with luck, nesting Piping Plovers at the beach. Bring a picnic lunch or snack to enjoy.

    Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford parking lot at 7:00 a.m. or at Morse Mountain parking lot, off Rte. 216 in Phippsburg, at 7:30 a.m.

    FMI or directions to Morse Mountain Conservation Area contact Gordon Smith at 725-0282.

  • Field Trip: Viles Arboretum
    • Friday, May 19, 2017 7:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: From Brunswick Hannaford's at 6:30 to car pool or at Viles Parking Area at 7:00
    Viles Arboretum

    Viles Arboretum

    This 224-acre arboretum includes woods, fields, and ponds that are easily reached. A twenty-warbler day is not uncommon in May. Wetland species found in May include Sora and Virginia Rails.

    Meet at the kiosk in the Arboretum parking lot at 7:30 a.m. or meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 6:30 a.m. to carpool. FMI contact Doug Suitor at 841-1951

  • Field Trip: Green Point WMA, Dresden
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:00am – 11:30am
    • Location: 6:30 at Bath CVS for carpool, or 7:00 at Green Point

    spring_birdsExpect a wide variety of migrant birds in the woodlands, fields, and wild-rice flats of this diverse area. Warblers and other woodland birds, sparrows and other field birds, waterfowl, and raptors may be seen on this walk. Waterproof footwear is recommended.

    For those going directly to Green Point on  Route 128 (River Road) in Dresden: Park at the Green Shed.

    FMI or directions to Green Point call Gordan Smith at 207-725-0282.

  • Field Trip: Evergreen Cemetery and Capsic Pond
    • Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:15am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Car pool from Brunswick Hannaford, 35 Elm St.

    IMG_0131Portland Evergreen is a ‘migrant trap” and one of the best places in southern Maine to see a wide variety of songbirds at very close range, particularly warblers. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning. Nearby Capsic Pond can be equally as interesting with the added possibility of waterfowl and rails.

    Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 6:15 a.m. FMI  or a meeting time at Evergreen, call Doug Suitor at 841-1951.

  • Field Trip: Bradley Pond
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: 7:30 from Brunswick Hannaford's, 35 Elm Street or at 8:00 at Bradley Pond, Topsham
    Wilson's Warbler

    Wilson’s Warber

    This  relatively easy walk passes through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm in Topsham. The easement includes varied habitats. We’ll focus on migrating land birds: warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor.

    Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 7:30 a.m. to car pool or at Bradley Pond, 2nd parking lot at 8:00 a.m. FMI  or directions to Bradley Pond, contact Ted Allen at 729-8661.

  • Field Trip: Florida Lake
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Wednesday, May 25, 2016
      7:00am

    While small by State standards, this undeveloped pond is Freeport’s largest freshwater body. It provides prime waterfowl and wading bird habitats, and a stopover point for many migratory species. A rich mix of forested wetlands, seasonally flooded shrub-swamps, and aquatic vegetation means a diverse number of species including warblers and other migratory land birds.

    Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 7:00 a.m. to carpool or at Florida Lake at 7:30 a.m. FMI contact Gordan Smith at 207-725-0282.

  • Field Trip: Thorne Head, Bath
    • Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Thorne Head Preserve
    Blackpoll Warbler

    Blackpoll Warbler

    This trip is run jointly by MMAS and KELT. Thorne Head overlooks Whiskeag Creek and is located on the Maine Birding Trail. The preserve is rich
    in vireos and warblers. The paths provide easy walking under a canopy of mature trees.

    Meet at Bath CVS at 7:30 a.m. to carpool; or at the preserve parking lot at the north end of High Street at 8:00 a.m. FMI call Ted Allen at 729-8661.

  • Field Trip: Capt. William Fitzgerald Conservation Area
    • Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:30am – 11:00am
    • Location: Lindberg Crossing Road, Brunswick, at the iron gate
    Eastern Towhee by Jeff Schmoyer

    Eastern Towhee by Jeff Schmoyer

    Join Merrymeeting Audubon on this easy walk proceeding along sandy paths on one of the few sandplain grasslands remaining in Maine. We will explore this rare natural area for migrants as well as nesting Prairie Warblers, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, and the rare Clay-colored Sparrow.

    Meet at the iron gate on Lindbergh Crossing Road at 6:30 a.m.

    Directions: From Cook’s Corner intersection, take Bath Road to the stoplight at Lowe’s. Turn left (northeast) on Old Bath Road, go approximately 1.3 miles and look on your right for Lindbergh Crossing (identified by a street sign). Park along the road before the iron gate. FMI call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.

  • July
  • Field Trip: Capt. William Fitzgerald Conservation Area
    • Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 6:30am – 11:00am
    • Location: Lindberg Crossing Road, Brunswick, at the iron gate
    Clay-colored Sparrow by Luke Seitz

    Clay-colored Sparrow by Luke Seitz

    Join Merrymeeting Audubon on this easy walk proceeding along sandy paths on one of the few sandplain grasslands remaining in Maine. We will explore this rare natural area for migrants as well as nesting Prairie Warblers, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, and the rare Clay-colored Sparrow. Ripening blueberries may also be in abundance.

    Meet at the iron gate on Lindbergh Crossing Road at 6:30 a.m.

    Directions: From Cook’s Corner intersection, take Bath Road to the stoplight at Lowe’s. Turn left (northeast) on Old Bath Road, go approximately 1.3 miles and look on your right for Lindbergh Crossing (identified by a street sign). Park along the road before the iron gate. FMI call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.