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Freeport Wild Bird Supply & Bradbury Mountain State Park – Feathers over Freeport

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8 – 10 am – Bird Walk: Join us for a walk in the woods to seek out spring migrants and woodland residents. All levels of expertise welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Walk led by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, and others. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.
9 am – 3 pm – Educational Displays: Get bird posters, while they last, courtesy of the Maine Wildlife Park and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Learn what other Maine State Parks have to offer! Located in the Day Use Area.
10 – 11 am- Bird Walk for Children: Birding is cool! Birding is fun! Imagine something you can do anywhere. You hear a bird, tilt your head to listen, and are able to name the species just from the sound or a quick glimpse. Your friends will be impressed! Join a naturalist on this beginning bird walk designed just for kids (children must be accompanied by parents or adults over 18). We will help you learn some of the basics of identifying birds. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.
9 am – 5 pm – Hawk Watch at the Summit: Join a Raptor Biologist on the top of Bradbury Mountain. Learn how experts observe, identify, and count all raptor and vulture species that fly past Bradbury Mountain. Note: Hike to summit is 1/4-mile – A steep, short 15-minutes; commands a great view. Sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply.
10 am – 3 pm – Birding Fun & Games: Build a bird house or make a backyard bird feeder while supplies last. On-going hands on activities, and crafts designed for children and families of beginning birders will be available. Program led by the Bureau of Parks and Lands staff and volunteers. Located in the Group Day Use Area and the Playground. Sponsored by the Maine Coastal Program.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Hawk Watch Workshop: Find out what is so intriguing (and so much fun!) about hawk watching. Join us on the summit of Bradbury Mountain for an introduction to this facet of bird watching as we cover the basics, such as why we’re all standing around on this particular hill and how we conduct our research. Then, using visual aids and of course the birds themselves migrating over Bradbury Mountain, we will teach you what to look for to tell the different species of hawks apart from each other. Bring your own binoculars. Program led by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Pre-registration required. Call the park at 688-4712. Meet at the Summit. Note: Hike to summit is 1/4-mile – A steep, short 15-minutes; commands a great view.
10:30 am – 1 pm – “Be Like a Bird in the Forest” Immersion Walk: Birds have the same senses we do-sight, smell, hearing etc. but they are not the same. Join a 2.5-hour forest bathing walk that is for the birds. Forest bathing is a slow ramble through the forest fully present and experiencing the world with all our senses. For many it is profoundly relaxing; an opportunity to connect deeply with nature. On this walk we’ll try using our senses like our feathered friends. Can we see other parts of the light spectrum? Smell weather? Find food using our sense of touch? The walk will start with an introduction to bird senses. We’ll deepen our bird connection with a gentle outward-facing meditation followed by a series of simple invitations to explore the forest through our senses like a bird. The walk is an opportunity to just be in the present moment leaving words behind (because birds don’t use them) and becoming fully aware of ‘the more than human world’. What to wear and bring: Dress comfortably for moving slowly through the woods. This is a wander, not a hike. Close toed shoes or sandals are recommended. During the walk we may explore the forest off the trail. Guide: Jeanne Christie, Connect to Wilderness. Meeting Location: Bradbury Mt. State Park, lower parking lot.
1 – 2:30 pm – Vernal Pool Exploration – Wading into the Woodland Waters: Vernal pools are temporary water bodies which fill from snowmelt and spring rains and provide breeding habitat for amphibians including wood frogs, several species of mole salamanders and invertebrates such as fairy shrimp. Vernal pools make up an important base of the food web and provide a vast amount of biomass to the landscape. Join wetland scientists Lauren Leclerc and Dave Brenneman on a journey through this wonderful and incredibly important wetland habitat. We will learn how to identify a vernal pool and the critters that live in them. Be prepared for wet conditions and wear appropriate footwear for a hike of about 1.4-miles round-trip. Meet at the Group Picnic Shelter.
2 – 3 pm – Drawing Birds Workshop: Michael Boardman, North Yarmouth based wildlife artist, will lead a drawing birds workshop for all levels. The workshop will include basic instruction, a quick demo and practice time sketching several bird mounts. Focus will be on quickly defining form and gesture. There is a possibility of sketching live birds at the end of the session. Held at the Group Picnic Shelter.
3 – 4 pm – Birds of Prey by the Center for Wildlife: What is the difference between a hawk and a falcon? Do we have vultures in Maine? What is our smallest owl? What is our largest hawk? Using our amazing live non-releasable bird ambassadors, posters, and hands on materials, we will discuss the kinds of birds of prey found in Maine, their habitats, habits, places in the food chain, and why we need to protect them. This hour long program will connect the audience with these beautiful ambassadors of their species as well as provide their natural and personal histories and empower audience members to help to steward the environment that we all share. Held at the Group Picnic Shelter.

For all the details, click HERE!

Park entry fees apply. All programs and activities included with paid park admission: ME Residents: Adults aged 12-64: $4; Ages 5-11: $1; ages under 5 and over 65: free. Non-ME residents: Adults $6; Ages 65+: $2.00; Children 5-11 $1; ages under 5: free.

Freeport Wild Bird Supply
541 US Route,
Freeport, ME
(207) 865-6000

Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road,
Pownal, ME 04069
(207) 688-4712


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