FREEPORT/POWNAL — The third annual “Feathers over Freeport,” a unique event designed to appeal to birdwatchers of all abilities and especially to families and children, will take place the last weekend in April.

“Feathers over Freeport” will highlight special birding opportunities at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, including the Hawk Watch at the summit, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, home to nesting ospreys.

The two-day event will feature a wide variety of activities and presentations, including live-bird presentations, bird walks for adults and children, a hawk watch workshop and numerous children’s activities.

Events will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport.

Park entry fees apply; all programs and activities are included with park admission.

Two special programs will highlight the event, including a live bird presentation on birds of prey, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday and a live bird presentation on the extraordinary lives of owls scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. The programs, presented by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, will feature a golden eagle on Saturday and a great horned owl on Sunday, as well as other live birds.

New programs this year include a vernal pool exploration on Saturday and a presentation on landscaping for wildlife on Sunday. Bird-related activities geared toward children and families will be offered both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where birding basics will be presented through games, crafts and hands-on activities.

For more information and a complete listing of activities, go to www.maine.gov/feathersoverfreeport or call Bradbury Mountain State Park at 207-688-4712 or Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park at 207-865-4465.


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