LEWISTON — The Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston and Auburn has three events planned during August.

The Stanton Bird Walks visit a variety of diverse local habitats. On Saturday Aug. 26, the club will hold a walk at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary titled “Mushrooms for Beginners II.”

The first trip of the month on Wednesday, Aug. 9, will also find members at Thorncrag looking for summer residents. Participants will meet in the Thorncrag parking lot off Montello Avenue near Highland Spring Road.

The next trip will be on Wednesday Aug. 23, walking St. Peter’s Cemetery. The cemetery covers 150 acres, and is a great place to see birds. Enter on Deer Road, off outer Main Street and continue straight to the far end of the upper cemetery beyond the mausoleum.

The Wednesday Bird Walks are held every other Wednesday from spring into the late fall. Both of the August trips will begin at 8 and end at 11 a.m. Those going will meet at the walk locations, not at Staples as had been the previous practice.

The leaders identify and comment on birds seen and heard, with everyone pointing out birds that they notice. The leaders are Stan and Joan DeOrsey.

For more information, to request directions or car pool, birders may contact 207-406-4741 or [email protected]

In the last trip on Saturday Aug. 26, at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans will lead a “Mushrooms for Beginners II” walk in search of late-summer mushrooms. Maine is home to a variety of edible, toxic and interesting mushrooms. The walk will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and will begin in the Thorncrag parking lot off Montello Avenue. More information about this trip may be obtained by contacting Seamans at 207-240-1723.

All of the field trips are free and open to everyone Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

FMI: www.StantonBirdClub.org.

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Montello Avenue, near intersection of Highland Spring Road as seen at the trail entrance. The covered pavilion is used for school groups and other educational gatherings. It is beside the large parking lot for easy access to the many trails for experiencing nature within a large city. 

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