Stanton Bird Club announces summer guided bird walk series

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LEWISTON — The Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston-Auburn has announced the summer schedule of guided bird walks. This season will mark the fourth year for the bird walk series. Last year, more than 60 people participated in one or more walks, and identified approximately 100 species of birds.

Walks are held on Wednesdays, in a variety of local habitats, plus some private areas not normally open to the public. Anyone interested in walking, seeing new places, fresh air and nature is welcomed. All walks are free and open to everyone, beginning naturalist to advanced birder. They are led by Stan and Joan DeOrsey, who will identify and comment on birds seen and heard; and by Susan Hayward, Stanton naturalist, who will share her knowledge of botany.

The first walk on June 2 will be in Litchfield to visit Small’s Farm, a private former farm with fields, ponds, forest and a wooded ravine. There are paths to facilitate walking. The wooded and open farmland habitats support a large variety of bird species. The walk will also focus on local botany and the many spring wild flowers.

The schedule also includes:

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June 16: Papermill and Ricker Farm Trails, Lisbon, for late migrants.

June 30: Pine Tree Arboretum, Augusta, for summer residents. Participants should bring lunch.

July 14: Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Lewiston, for woodland residents.

July 28 : The Curtis Homestead, Leeds, for summer residents.

Aug. 11: St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewiston, for post-breeding residents.

Aug. 25: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, for summer residents. Participants should bring lunch.

Except on July 28, attendees will leave for the walks at 8 a.m. from the Promenade Mall parking lot, near Staples, 855 Lisbon St., to be at the walk site at 8:20 a.m. On July 28, participants will leaves from Marden’s parking lot, 750 Main St., at 8 a.m.

Walks will end by 11 a.m., but attendees may leave early. The June 30 and Aug. 25 walks will end by 2 p.m. If it’s raining at 7 a.m. and predicted to continue through 10 a.m., the walk will be canceled. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Walks will be approximately two miles on an even and basically dry surface.

For any questions, call Stan or Joan DeOrsey at 933-2266 or e-mail jsmd@att.net.

For more information about the Stanton Bird Club, call 782-5238 or visit the website at www.stantonbirdclub.org.

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