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Posted April 04, 2013, at 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Location: Sewall Woods Preserve, Bath, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 442-8400; kennebecestuary.org

Four Conservation Organizations offer series of birding walks in the Merrymeeting Region

The public is invited to attend a series of bird watching adventures sponsored by four conservation organizations in the Merrymeeting Bay region this April through June. The Merrymeeting Audubon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT), Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) have collaborated to offer six opportunities to visit beautiful natural places and watch for a variety of birds from forests to farms to the shoreline.

On April 20 at 7:30am join us for a walk through KELT’s Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath led by Merrymeeting Audubon’s Ted Allen. The group will hike along Whiskeag Creek, a tidal influenced stream that flows into the Kennebec River. Birders will seek migrating waterfowl including Canada geese, black ducks, mallards, blue- and green-winged teal, and common mergansers. Participants can meet at 7:15am at the CVS in Bath to carpool. For more information contact Ted Allen at 729-8661.

On May 7 at 7:30pm experience the American Woodcock’s mating dance with Forester Rob Bryan at the HHLT’s Curtis Farm Preserve. Arrive before sunset to hear about woodcock ecology, nesting habitat, and how to enhance habitat for these interesting birds. Around sunset participants will watch and hear the male birds take their spiraling, twittering courtship flights. Bring something portable to sit on. Limited to 20 participants. Register in advance by contacting Julia McLeod at 837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org. The rain date is May 9.

On May 12 at 8:00am BTLT welcomes birders to walk with Merrymeeting Audubon’s Ted Allen at Bradley Pond Farm in Topsham. This flat and easy mile and a half walk passes through a conservation easement surrounding a privately owned working farm. Birders will focus on migrating land birds: warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds (including Bobolinks), vireos, sparrows and an occasional raptor. Participants can meet at 7:30am at the Hannaford in Brunswick to carpool. For more information contact Ted Allen at 729-8661.

The walks in late May and early June promise to be exciting for the novice and experienced birder alike:

• Thursday, May 15, 7:30 am, Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick with Ted Allen

• Saturday, May 25, 7:30 am, Thorne Head Preserve in Bath with Ted Allen

• Saturday, June 1, 7:30am, Skolfield Shores Preserve in Harpswell with John Berry

Visit the web addresses of the four hosting organizations for more information on these fantastic chances to observe our feathered friends: KELT: www.kennebecestuary.org; BTLT: www.btlt.org; HHLT: www.hhltmaine.org; Merrymeeting Audubon: www.maineaudubon.org/merrymeeting/.

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