Moose Rut Weekend with Maine Audubon

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Claybrook Mountain Lodge, 61 Howard Hill Road, New Portland, ME

For more information: Mike Windsor; (207) 781-2330 ext. 211; maineaudubon.org/events/2012/moose-rut-weekend/

Join fellow moose lovers for a unique weekend of moose stalking in the northern forest. In rut (breeding season) and looking for a female, adult male moose sporting full antlers for their month-long mating season are on the move. Our leaders will use birch-bark horns to imitate the breeding calls of a cow moose to draw in the bulls. With fall bird migration underway, there should be good birding, too. The cost for the weekend is $250 for Maine Audubon members, $275 for non-members.

MEETING PLACE: Claybrook Mountain Lodge (61 Howard Hill Road, Highland Plantation). The lodge phone number is 207-628-4681. Dinner on Friday starts at 6 p.m.

NOTES:While the main focus of the weekend will be moose-watching, the fall migration of birds will likely draw our attention as well. If the weather is rainy, a good book may come in handy for an hour or two by the fire. Claybrook Mountain Lodge is a rustic but comfortable log cabin. It is heated with wood and has three shared baths. Towels and all bed linens are provided.

FOOD: The cost of the trip includes meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions, please notify Claybrook Mountain Lodge as soon as possible! You may wish to bring extra munchies along for snacking during the day. There is a very small refrigerator in the lodge. Claybrook Mountain Lodge does not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own beer or wine.