Land trust goes to the birds with two May events

Posted May 04, 2011, at 4:05 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — To welcome back the spring migrants, Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host two birding events this May. Both events are free and open to the public. Water, appropriate outdoor attire and binoculars are recommended. Guests of all birding levels are encouraged to participate.

The land trust will kick off the Beech Nut Open House series 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, May 11, at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport.

Birder Brian Willson will accompany Kristen Lindquist of the land trust to Beech Nut, the historic stone hut at the hill’s summit.  Willson will talk about the birds of Beech Hill 8-10 a.m. He will provide a checklist and Maine Birding Trail brochure. Participants will look and listen for birds at the hill’s summit, where they may observe savannah sparrows, eastern towhees, common yellowthroats, chestnut-sided warblers and, with luck, many more. For the last 30 years, Willson has studied, photographed and written about birds in Maine. He walks up Beech Hill daily and keeps an extensive species list, which now includes more than 100 bird species.

The open house is the first in a series that will run through October. During each open house, the hut will be open and land trust volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the history and management of the preserve. Visit http://www.coastalmountains.org for dates and times.

The second event will be a spring bird walk 6-9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville. Kristen Lindquist will join Cloe Chunn of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, co-sponsors of this hike, in search of spring migrants and resident birds, including warblers, vireos, orioles, scarlet tanagers and hawks. Waterproof footwear and insect repellent are recommended for the walk. Participants should meet at the trailhead just east of where Route 52 crosses the Ducktrap River.

This year Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The Land Trust has protected almost 9,000 acres since 1986.

For more information about the Land Trust and its events, call 236-7091.

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