Workshops and Programs

Zeiss Day

September 10, 2022

Join Richard Moncrief, Manager Nature and Observation for Zeiss Sport Optics, for a birdwalk, optics cleaning event, and hawkwatching here at the store. Our early summer Zeiss day went so well, Rich wanted to get right back. He will be able to show you the fantastic binoculars and scopes Zeiss has to offer, including the brand new SFL binoculars, and, if you missed it June, you just have to see the thermal-imaging binoculars.  

Here's the schedule of events:

8:00 Birdwalk: Meet at the store at for a carpool to a local park. We'll be able to take a number of Zeiss products for a test drive.

~10:15 to 3-ish: Free optics cleaning and care demonstration.

~10:30 to ?: Hawkwatching at the store. While the conditions are impossible to predict in advance, we have been treated to some incredible hawkflights over the years right out our front door.

And, better yet, he is offering 10% OFF select Zeiss products on the day of the event. Don’t miss this great opportunity. 


Bird Feeding Basics and Problem Solving

October 20, 2022; 6:30 - 8:00pm

Gardiner Area Adult Ed, Gardiner Area High School

Cost - $20

An introduction to creating a successful bird feeding garden, including food, feeders, pest issues, habitat, and conservation, using a powerpoint presentation chock full of expert advice, beautiful bird photos and helpful tips. Derek will help you help birds in an enjoyable and successful backyard habitat. And yes, we can keep squirrels off feeders too!


Maine/New Hampshire Tour w/New Jersey Audubon

June 2023 TBA

Co-led by Scott Barnes of NJ Audubon and Derek Lovitch

Early summer birding in one of the most beautiful and sparsely populated areas in the eastern United States during the peak of breeding bird activity. From coastal wetlands near Portland where “southern” species can be found, to the top of Mount Washington for Bicknell’s Thrush, through the stunning scenery of the Bold Coast and its seabirds, this tour will survey the wide diversity of summering birds found in the region. On our boat trip to Machias Seal Island, we’ll see terns and alcids, including Razorbills and Atlantic Puffins at close range. Storm-Petrels and shearwaters may be numerous offshore, and we’ll do a second boat trip looking for seabirds and whales from Bar Harbor. And there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge in lobster!

Species we’ll focus on viewing on this tour include Spruce Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Roseate, Arctic and Black Terns, Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Black Guillemot, 2-3 species of shearwaters, Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Bicknell’s Thrush, Black-backed Woodpecker, Philadelphia Vireo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and the possibility of up to 20 species of warblers.