AUBURN — A guided bird walk conducted by the Stanton Bird Club will be held in partnership with the Androscoggin Land Trust at the Alexander-Harkins Preserve on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The walk is free and open to the public.

Stan and Joan DeOrsey will lead the walk and will identify and comment on birds seen or heard. Michael Auger, trust director of land protection and stewardship, will share his knowledge of plants and will discuss the preserve and its significance.

The 30-acre Alexander-Harkins Preserve features woods, meadows and wetland traversed by a well-maintained network of trails. It was donated to the trust in 2000 by Joseph Harkins.

The preserve is adjacent to Sherwood Heights School, and with the school land, is managed collectively as the Sherwood Forest Conservation Area. The conservation area is used by students for nature study and other educational opportunities. The preserve is part of the trust’s expanding conservation and recreational presence in Lewiston-Auburn. The trust conserves over 130 acres in this area.

At this time of year, walkers can expect to see woodland species such as warblers, sparrows, chickadees and woodpeckers. The diversity of tree species and other flora at the Alexander-Harkins Preserve provide habitat for these birds as well as other residents.

Those interested should meet at at 8 a.m. at the Promenade Mall parking lot, 855 Lisbon St., in front of Staples. The group will be at the walk site at approximately 8:20 a.m. Walks will end by 11 a.m., but participants may leave early. If it is raining at 7 a.m. and predicted to continue through 10, the walk will be cancelled.

The Alexander-Harkins walk can be muddy if there has been recent rain. For more information, contact trip leaders Stan or Joan DeOrsey at 933-2266 or e-mail [email protected]

The next Stanton bird walk will be on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary in Lewiston. For more information, call 782-5238, visit the Web site at www.stantonbirdclub.org or e-mail questions to [email protected]


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