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Beyond the Backyard – Introduction to Birding at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Posted March 18, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge , 15 Hudson Road, Alton , Maine

For more information: 207-944-9259; hirundomaine.org

Old Town – Have you ever wondered how to identify a bird you have just seen? Do birding field guides confuse rather than inform you? Are you curious about the fascinating world of birding but are unsure where to begin? Would you just like to know the difference in the terms “bird watcher” and “birder”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please join us on April 19 and 26 at 9:00 am. Local bird guide and Hirundo volunteer Paul Markson will call on his 30+ years of bird watching experience to explain these and other subjects. Topics will include local bird habitats, how to easily identify a bird, demystifying field guides, understanding binoculars, birdings “dos-and-don’ts” and etiquette, and many other bird-related subjects.

This year, by popular request, extra attention will be given to bird identification. There for, the class will be taught in two sessions over two consecutive Saturday mornings. To get the most out of this informative course, please plan to attend BOTH sessions.

While this class is geared towards beginning birders, anyone attending will likely learn something new or helpful. After this course, you will be ready to travel confidently into the field, and go beyond the backyard.

Registration requested by April 17, 2014; please call Hirundo at 207-944-9259. Cancellation of program will be posted on web@hirundomaine.org and on phone. Age recommendation is 12 years and above. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, school-aged children are free. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter.

Directions: From the South – Take the I-95 N to ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.75 mi and take Gate 1 off Rt. 43 (right side). Follow the dirt road for 0.5 miles to the Pine Tree Parking area. The Parker Reed shelter is further on the left next to the lake.

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