LEWISTON — Tide pool exploration and education will be the center of interest for participants during a field trip sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club on Saturday, Sept. 12. Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth is the destination.

The group will car pool from the Promenade Mall parking lot in front of Staples, leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning around 1 p.m.
Participants will learn about various tidal zones, see the colors of the coast and explore what type of plants and animals reside in each zone, with a focus on the invertebrates. The fragile nature of tide pools and the effects of global warming will also be discussed.

The trip is part of a collaboration with the USM Lewiston-Auburn College for their upcoming special exhibit “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspiration,” which will run from Sept. 8 to Dec. 18 at the Atrium Art Gallery.

Stanton field trips are free and nonmembers are invited. All experience levels are welcome. For more information, contact trip leader Susan Hayward at 782-5238.

The next event will be a bird walk along the Whitman Spring Road in Auburn at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Participants should meet at the Auburn Mall near JC Penney. The club will also celebrate its 90th year at the annual dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 5. Derek Lovitch will discuss bird migration and the importance of Cousins Island in Yarmouth. For full details, visit the Stanton Web site at www.stantonbirdclub.org.

The Stanton Bird Club is a conservation organization offering monthly free natural history programs and field trips throughout the state. The organization welcomes new members whose dues help to provide land stewardship at three sanctuaries, owned and managed by the club, in Lewiston and Monmouth. 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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