Hatch Hill Landfill, Augusta - Now Open to Birding Once again (new rules apply).
I am pleased to announce that the birders have now been granted access to Augusta’s Hatch Hill Landfill, albeit with new, understandable limitations. I have worked with Lesley Jones, Director of Public Works for Augusta, and the staff of Hatch Hill, to provide the details for visitation and I thank them immensely for finding a way to balance access with safety and operations.
The rules must strictly be followed, and if they are not followed, we are likely to permanently lose access. As you check into the front gate (see driving directions and additional instructions in Site KE5 of my Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide) you will be informed of the following changes in policy in order to balance landfill operations and safety of everyone, while accommodating some birding access. They are open Tues-Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. And they are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
1) Only two birders in the facility at a time. If there is a high demand then we will be limited to a 30 minute visit.
2) We have only two options for parking and viewing, but they are the two best spots for overall viewing. You must remain with your vehicle at all times. A) the metal pile (look for the old refrigerators and park at the end of that paved area) OR B) at the leaf pile. If you are unfamiliar with these specific spots, please inquire at the booth upon your arrival.
3) Anyone not complying will be asked to leave and if we all don’t cooperate, birding at Hatch Hill will not be allowed to continue.
4) All birders must sign in and out and fill out the liability form.
If we as a birding community respect these rules, we can continue to have the fortunate opportunity to check this birding hotspot that has produced such great birds as Slaty-backed Gull and “Thayer’s” Iceland Gull in the past. So please, no one try to bend the rules as it will likely ruin it for everyone. And be sure to thank the staff for allowing us this privilege.
Thank you for understanding.