Snowy Owls in Acadia National Park

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Snowy Owls typically inhabit Acadia’s highest peaks in winter.  They can be observed or photographed above tree line under more natural conditions, away from buildings and other structures.  Multiple sightings of owls are often possible.  Gordon Russell and Jane Rosinski will lead a snowshoe hike up Sargent Mountain, the second highest peak in Acadia, in search of Snowy Owls and scenic winter vistas.  This is a rigorous snowshoe outing, two miles from the parking lot to the summit, including 0.8 miles up a steep slope until you get above the tree line.   Participants should be reasonably fit and experienced on snowshoes; poles are recommended.  Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the Parkman Mountain parking pulloff area on Routes 3/198 in Mt. Desert, or arrange to meet us there.  Cost: Free ($5 donation to FPAC optional).  Limited to 12 people.  Call 989-2591 to pre-register.

SCHOLARS WANTED:  INEZ BOYD ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AWARD

The Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon (PVC) invites enrolled University of Maine students to apply for the 2016 Inez Boyd Environmental Research Award.  The award is named in honor of the late Inez Boyd, one of the chapter’s original founders, a lifelong environmentalist and an inspirational leader who worked tirelessly to make her community a better place for all living creatures.

PVC will award up to $1000 in April 2016 to support undergraduate or graduate academic research relevant to its mission: conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat by connecting people to our regional natural heritage, through enjoyable and meaningful activities that educate and promote greater environmental awareness.  Special consideration will be given to research projects that strengthen ties between the University of Maine, Fields Pond Audubon Center, and the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon.

For eligibility guidelines and a downloadable application package, please visit here .  Deadline for submission is March 25, 2016.