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Birding Mariners Park with Bob Duchesne

Birding Mariners Park with Bob Duchesne

Settlement Quarry on a misty May morning

Settlement Quarry on a misty May morning

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Wings, Waves & Woods

5/18/18 - 5/20/18

Birding by land, by sea and by art--celebrating the Year of the Bird

Celebrate the Year of the Bird on one of Maine's most visitable islands.  This 3-day event combines birding on foot, by boat and by air in a small plane!  Specifically welcoming to families and beginners, this festival offers two dozen activities starting Friday with a boat trip out to Swan's Island, followed by a special birder's supper at the Whale's Rib Tavern that includes a talk by Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail.  Two trips to Matinicus Seal Island offer sightings of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Northern Gannets and others. More than two dozen species of warblers may be seen on the several guided walks on the island's nine preserves; and shore birds nesting and breeding along our extensive shoreline. Kids will enjoy the live owl demo and learning how to use binoculars at Island Heritage Trust. New this year is an informal grilled dinner at the aptly-named Inn on the Harbor.  Afterwards, stroll across the street to the Stonington Town Hall to hear Bonnie Bochan talk about long distance migrants drawing on her lifelong career in both Ecuador and Maine, researching and teaching about avian migrants.  

Activities begin mid-day Friday and run through Sunday afternoon. You are welcome to come for part or all of the weekend, with several excellent lodging options for travelers. Make your plans early to ensure boat and dinner spots.

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