Audubon center in Holden to host class on bird nests

Posted March 11, 2009, at 1:59 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — Bird nests are fascinating. They are made from sticks, twigs, grass, hair, pine needles, leaves, moss, spider webs, feathers and more. It’s not legal to possess bird nests, not even old nests. But the Fields Pond Audubon Center has a permit from the state to use some nests for education.

Judy Kellogg Markowsky, staff naturalist at the nature center in Holden, will offer a class and workshop about identifying bird nests. Participants will learn how to identify which bird made its nest through visual aids, a brief slide show, samples from the Fields Pond collection, and a walk to find last year’s nests. Dress accord-ingly for the outdoor portion of the program.

The Bird Nest Class will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Fields Pond Audubon Center.

Instructors will be Judy Kellogg Markowsky and Jerry Longcore, retired wildlife biologist from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A fee of $20 benefits the center. Members of Maine Audubon get a discount. Advance registration is required by calling 989-2591.

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