Beyond the Backyard

Posted March 12, 2012, at 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 15 Hudson Road - Gate 1 , Alton, Maine

For more information: Gudrun Keszöcze; 2078272230; hirundomaine.org

How do you easily identify a bird you have been watching? Are you are curious about the fascinating hobby of birding but are unsure where to begin? You just like to know the difference in the terms “bird watcher” and “birder”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, join local bird guide and Hirundo volunteer Paul Markson. He will call on his 30+ years of bird watching experience to explain these and other subjects. Topics will include various local bird habitats, how to go about identifying birds, choosing a field guide and binocular, birding dos and don’ts, and other related items. Bring binocular and bird guide if you have them and dress for the weather.

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

Program is free and open to all ages. Suggested donation $4 dollars for adults, school-aged children are free. Reservations and cancellations requested, call 207-944-9259.

Directions to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge – FROM THE SOUTH

Take the I-95 N. Take the ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/ Hudson. Go 0.3 mi to the end of the off ramp. At the stop sign, turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 5.2 mi and look for the large red signs on your right (north side of Rt. 43).

Enter at Gate 1, follow gravel road 0.5 mile to the Pine Tree Parking area. Meet at the Parker Reed Shelter, which is 100 meters further up the road (on the left), along the shore of Lac D’Or pond. http://www.hirundomaine.org/directions

Did you know?

Tree swallows feather their nests with duck feathers.