LEWISTON — The Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston-Auburn has announced the fall schedule of guided bird walks. This continues 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.

The first walk will be on Wednesday, Sept. 8, with a walk along the old Spring Road in North Auburn, now a walking trail along the shores of Lake Auburn, to look for early fall migrants.

Each walk is different with the intent of observing a variety of local birds either in different habitats or as different species migrate. Walks are held 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 welcome. All walks are free and open to everyone, beginning naturalist to advanced birder. Walks 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 following walks are planned for every other Wednesday: 

Sept. 8, Whitman Spring Road Trail, Auburn, for early fall migrants.

Sept. 22, Pineland, New Gloucester, for fall migrants, bring lunch.

Oct. 6, The Haines property near Minot, a special walk for botany and birds.

Oct. 20, Packard-Littlefield Farm, Lisbon, for grassland and field residents.

Nov. 3, Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, for ducks.

Nov. 17, Beaver Park, Lisbon, for fall residents.

Dec. 1, Railroad Park, Lewiston and Auburn, for winter gulls and ducks.

Except on Sept. 8 and Oct. 6, participants will leave 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.

The participants in the Sept. 8 and Oct. 6 walks will leave from the Auburn Mall, JC Penney end parking lot, 550 Center St., Auburn, at 8 a.m. Walks will end by 11 a.m., but participants may leave early. The Sept. 22 walk will end by 1 p.m.

If it’s raining at 7 a.m. and predicted to continue through 10 a.m., the walk will be canceled. Those attending should bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Walks are approximately two miles on an even and basically dry surface.

For any questions, call Stan or Joan DeOrsey at 933-2266 or e-mail [email protected]

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