Saturday, May 18, 2013; 7 a.m.
Location: Pleasant Point Nature Preserve, Stones Point Road, Cushing, Maine
Contact: Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166
The Georges River Land Trust continues its popular tradition of an early season bird walk led by Bill Goodwill, GRLT volunteer and former president of Midcoast Maine Audubon Society. The walk will be held at the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing on Saturday, May 18th.
Goodwill notes that this is an exceptional time for a diverse range of birds, especially warblers. Walkers will probably hear the birds before seeing them, and Goodwill is outstanding at identifying the calls and then describing them in a way that even a beginner can remember. This is also an excellent time to see the birds before full foliage hides them from sight, and the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve trail provides a good, easy walk through a lovely woodland.
Birders should gather at the parking area on Stones Point Road, just off the lower end of Pleasant Point Road by 7 a.m., since birds are most active early in the day. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and, of course, binoculars.
The Preserve is a 65-acre coastal woodland located near the southern tip of the Cushing Peninsula and was acquired by the Land Trust in 2008 through the generosity of 25 neighboring landowners. The woods were heavily cut in the past and are now in the midst of a healthy rejuvenation. A walk in the Preserve illustrates the mission of the Land Trust to conserve the ecosystems of the Georges River watershed region and celebrates it through permanent land protection and outdoor experiences.
This event is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s 2013 Walks & Talks series, including hikes on the Georges Highland Path, paddles on the St. George River, and lectures on flora, fauna and the river’s history. The next event is a walk for families along the Shorebird Quest Trail in Thomaston, led by Lura Libby School fourth-graders on May 23 at 10:30 am.
For more information, visit georgesriver.org or phone (207) 594-5166.