Join BTLT and our conservation neighbors again this year for the Spring Birding Extravaganza!
The public is invited to take part in the annual Birding Extravaganza, a free series of birding events sponsored by four conservation organizations in Midcoast Maine. Merrymeeting Audubon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust have collaborated to offer seven opportunities to get outside to watch and learn about birds, while visiting beautiful natural places, including forests, farms, and ocean shoreline.
The Birding Extravaganza, in its fourth year, was created as a way to encourage community members to enjoy and learn about the region’s natural areas.
“I love this annual series,” says Angela Twitchell, Executive Director of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, “because it is such a great way to introduce people to all three land trusts’ trails. Our members love the opportunity to get to know some of the wonderful places that have been protected by our neighbors.”
“The birding series is one of many ways local land trusts collaborate with each other to deepen their impacts,” says Julia McLeod, Outreach Coordinator for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
The protected lands of the three land trusts cover thirteen towns and an amazing diversity of habitats and land uses. This means there is a wide range of species in a region already known as a global hotspot for migratory birds.
This diversity is exemplified in the variety of walks available this year, including a chance to observe waterfowl at a tidal creek, an evening observation of the mating dance of the woodcock, and walks to see birds of the forests, meadows and wetlands. These walks are accessible to many, including outings for experienced and novice birders, families and those unable to walk great distances.
All events are free and open to the public. You can visit the websites of the four hosting organizations for more information on these terrific treks to observe our feathered friends.
Merrymeeting Audubon: www.maineaudubon.org/merrymeeting
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust: www.kennebecestuary.org
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust: www.hhltmaine.org