Osprey watch set for Wolfe’s Neck

Posted April 25, 2009, at 1:16 a.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — Mainers looking for a fun way to enjoy this weekend’s beautiful weather may want to take part in a special offering at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park.

Park visitors will be welcomed to view ospreys that have returned to their nest on Googins Island during a special “osprey watch” program at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is an ideal location from which to watch these magnificent birds at relatively close range,” deputy commissioner Eliza Townsend of the Maine Department of Conservation said in a press release.

Ospreys are birds of prey that average about 22 inches long and have wingspans of between 4¼ and six feet. The birds were once considered endangered, according to the DOC, but the population has rebounded dramatically in recent years.

The park has two nesting pairs of ospreys, and more than 4,000 breeding pairs exist in Maine.

Visitors on Sunday will enjoy a one-hour guided nature program with a short walk to the shore opposite Googins Island, where they can view the ospreys through a spotting scope.

Those interested should meet at the benches near the second parking lot, weather permitting. No reservations are needed. Call the park at 865-4465 on Sunday for updates.

To submit an item for publication in the Outdoor Notebook, send e-mail to jholyoke@bangordailynews.net, fax to 990-8092 or mail information to Outdoor Notebook, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402-1329.

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