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Woodcock Walk at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Posted April 21, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
Last modified April 22, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, May 9, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Rt 43, Gate 1, Old Town, Maine

For more information: 2079449249; hirundomaine.org

You know spring arrived when you hear the peent of the woodcock. Wait; there is more than just the nasal sound! Join Daniel McAuley, Research Wildlife Biologist to follow the peent, see the woodcock and watch his dazzling aerial courtship display. Bring a flashlight & binoculars, dress for the weather, rubber boats or waterproof shoes recommended. Please call to register, 944-9259. Suggested donation $5, school-aged children free.

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Dan McAuley is the Research Wildlife Biologist and Station Leader at the US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center field station in Orono. He has been conducting research on the American Woodcock for 30 years. His current research includes studies on adaptive habitat management and habitat use of the American woodcock in the Northeast and survival of American woodcock during fall migration using radio telemetry.

How to get there: 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 look for the large red signs on your right, labeled Gate 1. Pass through Gate 1 and follow the dirt road for ~1/2 mile to the Pine Tree parking area. The Parker Reed shelter is 100 m further on the left. Please leave pets at home.

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