DownEast Adventures Tours
We are very excited to be partnering with DownEast Adventures, the travel department of the esteemed DownEast Magazine! We are honored to be their provider for a series of unique and exclusive birdwatching endeavors.
Shorebird Workshop with DownEast Adventures
August 10th, 2021; 9:00am - 5:00pm
*SOLD OUT - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*
August 19th; 9:00am - 5:00pm
With more than 35 species of shorebirds (a diverse group including plovers and sandpipers) regularly appearing in Maine, this workshop is designed to appreciate the diversity and beauty of this fascinating family.
We will hit some of the marshes, beaches, and rocky roosts that shorebirds prefer at the peak of their migration. The ebbs and flows of the season, daily and recent weather, and other factors could produce more than 20 species of shorebirds in our time together. Our focus will be in comparative experience, learning how to recognize each species both near and far. Starting with the basics, such as plover vs. sandpiper, we’ll work our way up to the identification quandaries such as the “peeps” and the yellowlegs. We will provide you with a “toolkit” to approach shorebird identification on your own, using a combination of habitat, shape, size, structure, behavior, and plumage to identify this wonderfully diverse and attractive group of birds. Migration, conservation, and natural history will also be discussed.
We’ll meet at the public Park & Ride lot between Famous Dave’s BBQ and Cabela’s off Payne Road at exit 42 of the Maine Turnpike at 9 a.m. (please arrive 15 minutes early so we can depart on time) to carpool to the day’s birding destinations, based on tides, weather, and especially the birds themselves! We’ll return by 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch (not included), likely at a place with multiple nearby options.
For an idea of what to expect, see the trip report from our 2020 outing.
Fall Migrant Songbird Workshop with DownEast Adventures
September 12th, 2021; 7:00 - 11:00am
*SOLD OUT - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*
This half-day workshop will focus on the migrant songbirds, especially warblers, that are passing through Maine as they are returning to the tropics. As we approach the peak of fall warbler migration, we’ll not just learn how to identify these charismatic birds, but learn about their mind-boggling migration as well. We are going to dispel the myth of the “confusing fall warbler,” but we will go well beyond that. Instead of just “what” these birds are, we’ll also learn about “how” these birds got here, “why” they are here, and what they do when they are here.
Whether it’s the kind of migration day that legends are made of, or a “slow” day (every day of migration is different), we’ll take advantage of whatever species are present to truly get to know them. Sure, we’ll work on “the list,” but our focus will be on preparing for your next birding outing, giving you the tools to identify birds on your own, maximize your time in the field by predicted where and when to be birding based on NEXRAD radar, geography, habitat, and much more. Of course, if there are too many warblers around, we might just have to simply enjoy them!
We’ll meet at Capisic Pond Park in Portland, at the main entrance on Macy Street off of Capisic St. We may then caravan to other nearby locations, depending on the day’s birding.
And, to get an idea of what a fun time we had in 2020, see this trip report.
Spring Migrant Songbird Workshop with DownEast Adventures
May 2022 TBA
This half-day workshop (offered on two dates) will focus on the migrant songbirds, especially warblers, that are passing through Maine’s most famous migrant trap, Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the peak of warbler migration, we’ll learn how to identify these charismatic birds and we’ll discuss their mind-boggling migration and what they’re up to in Maine.
Whether it’s the kind of migration day that legends are made of, or a slow day (every day of migration is different), we’ll take advantage of whatever species are present to truly get to know them. Sure, we’ll work on “the list,” but our focus will be on preparing for your next birding outing, giving you the tools to identify birds on your own, maximize your time in the field by predicting where and when to be birding based on NEXRAD radar, geography, habitat, and much more. Of course, if there are too many warblers around, we might just have to simply enjoy them!
We’ll meet at the main entrance (Stevens Ave.) to Evergreen Cemetery at 7 a.m., near the first building on the right to carpool into the best birding location that day, returning to the entrance around 11.