Midcoast Conservancy Offers Two Bird Identification Walks

Midcoast Conservancy offers two opportunities for bird enthusiasts to take a walk with experienced guides. Saturday, June 1, from 7-9 am, join co-leaders John Guarnaccia and Ted Mohlie in Friendship to become acquainted with the breeding birds of the Martin Point Preserve and its surroundings. The principal habitats to be explored are coastal spruce forest and Muscongus Bay. The walk is free; to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/breeding-birds-of-martins-point-preserve/.

On Saturday, June 15, 7-9 am, Mohlie will lead a walk at the Founders Preserve in Waldoboro. The hike is designed for all levels of experience and will entail 1.5 miles of easy walking. Participants can expect to see and/or hear the common breeding birds found in the preserve, which offers varied habitats including field, pond edge and mature forest. The basics of binocular use, along with bird identification and behaviors, will be shared. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them but loaners will be available. To register for this free event, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/bird-identification-walk-3/.

Midcoast Conservancy To Offer Three Wildlife Habitat Tours

Join Midcoast Conservancy for a unique experience: take a Wildlife Habitat Tour on farms in Searsmont and Montville or on Hogback Mountain trails, and learn about the ways in which local stewards nurture the natural environments on their land. At each of events, the intention is to offer attendees simple, proven methods for enhancing the habitat of their own property.

The first tour, entitled “Sharing and Creating Habitat”, will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 1-3 pm at Ravenwood, 172 acres at the end of a dirt road in Searsmont.  Twelve of those acres are dedicated human habitats and 160 acres are home to a variety of plants, animals and other organisms.  On the habitat walk, participants will explore the different ways in which landowners Lily Fessenden and Glenn Ritch are interacting with the land, water and other organisms. This will include some permaculture practices, garden irrigation, tree leaf fodder, forest pigs, pollinator gardens, and a moldering gap composting toilet. Ravenwood is the former site of the Grassroots Educational Expeditions and the Audubon Expedition Institute’s Sustainable Practices undergraduate semester.

The second tour will be in Montville, at the farm of Susie O’Keefe, on July 13 from 2-4 pm.

For the third event, on August 13 from 2-4 pm, hikers can join Moe Martin for a wildlife habitat walk on Hogback Mountain. Moe was born and raised on Hogback and there are few, if any, people who are as familiar with, or care more about, the land, the trees, the rocks and the wildlife of that special place.   As a professional woodsman, Moe has an understanding of and insight into the life of the forest and the lives of numerous individual trees.    Moe will offer insights into the many initiatives that he has taken on his land and their impact on local wild creatures.

To learn more, or register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events/. Last year’s events reached full capacity, so early registration is encouraged.

 Full Moon Paddle

Midcoast Conservancy will host a full moon paddle at its Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson on Saturday, June 15th, from 8-10 pm. Participants can enjoy the silvery glow of the “strawberry” moon (in honor of ripening berries) from canoes provided by the nature center as they glide along Little Dyer Pond after a beautiful mile-and-a half hike into the woods.

Little Dyer Pond is a true Great Pond with no public boat launch and almost no shoreline development. Midcoast Conservancy will provide the canoes, paddles, and life jackets. All ages are welcome! Participants should be comfortable in a canoe on flat water, able to steer a canoe, and able to walk three miles on moderate trails.

Space is limited by the number of boats available, and pre-registration is required. More information and registration is available online at https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-paddle-on-little-dyer-pond-3/.  Meet at the gate at 8:00; bring flashlights or headlamps for the hike back to the parking lot.

Note that HVNC’s canoes are available to rent anytime between dawn and dusk. Just leave a $10 per boat donation at the Gatehouse and hit the water to explore Little Dyer Pond.

Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature is open to the public three hundred and sixty-five days a year, dawn to dusk. Comprising 1,000 acres of diverse habitat, and laced with nearly thirty miles of multi-use trails HVNC makes a great classroom for nature-based learning and non-motorized recreation. For more information: midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.