Birdwatching Cruise on the Pier Pressure

Where: Eastport

Sunday, May 27

1:30 - 4 pm

Boat Captain:  Butch Harris

Guide: Chris Bartlett

Fee: $55

The Pier Pressure, a Coast Guard certified lobster boat, will transport you throughout Head Harbor Passage and its many Canadian islands. Amid spectacular scenery and plentiful wildlife, you will motor up close to islands where you may encounter shearwaters, storm-petrels, cormorants, Ospreys, hawks, Bald Eagles, gulls, terns, and alcids. Seals, porpoises, herring weirs, salmon pens, and lighthouses will be part of the 2-1/2 hour tour. Bring your binoculars and camera. It’s a great trip on the water with lots of birding opportunities. Our festival guide will be onboard to help out with sightings. Captain Butch Harris has explored these waters all of his life and will be an invaluable asset.

Please wear warm clothing, bring windproof and waterproof layers, and wear sturdy shoes with non-slippery soles. If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, you will receive a full refund.

Meet at the main pier on Water St in downtown Eastport. From US 1 in Perry, take Rte 190 into Eastport. At the end of Rte 190 turn left onto Water Street. The pier is the next right. Parking and portable toilet facilities are available at the pier. Depending on the tide, boarding the boat may require descending a steep ramp. We will call you to clarify departure location.

 

 

Sipayik Walking Path Hike

Where: Perry and Pleasant Point (Sipayik)

Sunday, May 27

7 - 10 am

Guide: Chris Barlett

Join us for an enjoyable bayside stroll as we look for birds in diverse coastal habitats. The paved path, once part of a railroad bed, is level and flat. We can also make short, easy forays on grassy meadow trails and along beaches.

A wide variety of migrating warblers and other passerines can be seen feeding and singing all along the path during early morning including American Redstart, Wilson's Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Savannah Sparrow and Nelson's Sparrow nest in the open fields next to the ocean, and Bobolinks have been seen. Look for shorebirds such as Short-billed Dowitcher and Wilson's Snipe around the edges of the brackish pond, and watch for several species of swallow. Swamp Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat can be found in the marshy areas.

The path and shoreline are open and often breezy, so bringing along warm and windproof layers of clothing is recommended.

Meet at the southern end of Sipayik Trail in Pleasant Point. From US 1 in Perry turn onto Rte 190 (County Rd) and follow it for a little over 1.5 miles to the far end of Pleasant Point village. Turn left onto Bayview Drive and follow this somewhat winding road for a third of a mile, bearing right at the fork with Middle Rd (at the Beatrice Rafferty School), until an intersection where Bayview crosses into Treatment Plant Rd. After 700 feet Treatment Plant Rd ends in a circle near the south end of the trail; you can park in one of the marked spaces or on the circle shoulder. No restrooms.

 

Saint Croix International Historic Site

Where: Calais, Red Beach/NPS

Sunday, May 27

11 am - Noon

and

2 - 3 pm

Guide: National Park Service Ranger

A National Park Service Ranger will share the story of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a monument to the beginning of the United States and Canada. In 1604 Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, accompanied by Samuel Champlain and 77 other men, established a settlement on Saint Croix Island. Preceding Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620), Pierre Dugua's outpost was one of the earliest European settlements on the North Atlantic coast of North America.

From Saint Croix Island, Samuel Champlain explored and charted the coast, including the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic coast as far south as Cape Cod. The insights gained from the Saint Croix settlement and from further exploration formed the foundation for a more successful settlement at Port Royal, and an enduring French presence in North America that continues to the present day. While the focus of this session is local history, birding facts from this earliest settlement will also be shared.

Meet at the Saint Croix Island International Historical Site Visitor Center. From Calais drive 8 miles south on US 1 and turn left at the IHS sign. From Whiting drive 32.3 miles north on US 1 and turn right at the HIS sign; this is 3.8 miles after you pass Robbinston. 84 Saint Croix Drive, Calais, Maine 04619 Restrooms are available.

 

Moving Event - West Quoddy Head Hike, Lubec Sand Bar, Pikes Puddled

Where: Lubec

Sunday, May 27

7 - 11am

Guides: Colin Brown

Join us for an early morning coastal foray!

West Quoddy Head State Park is the easternmost point of land in the United States, and is a must-see for any visitor to the area. Carrying Place Cove Bog is considered one of the most significant peatlands in the eastern United States, and the dramatic cliffs are often some of the foggiest on the coast.

A variety of habitats exist at the Park. The Green Point path passes through low dense balsam fir and red spruce forest. The Peat Bog Trail includes a boardwalk over a 7-acre boreal peat bog that is surrounded by black spruce. Many neo-tropical migrant birds may be seen along the coastal and inland trails and the bog walk.

Permanent residents include Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Common Raven, Boreal Chickadee and White-winged and Red Crossbills. Some other species include Common Eider, Merlin, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, kinglets, Swainson’s, Bicknell's, and Hermit Thrush, two dozen species of warblers, Lincoln’s Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco, and seabirds. We may see some migrating shorebirds, though most are seen in August and September on their way south after breeding in the far north of Canada.

At the Lubec Sand Bar and Pike’s Puddle we will look for gulls and other sea birds, sea ducks, and shorebirds.

Meet at the West Quoddy Head parking lot. From CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 heading toward Lubec. After  7.7 miles, turn right onto South Lubec Rd. Follow signs to the park, about an additional 5 miles. Meet in the upper parking lot. An outhouse is available at the trailhead.

All Day Van Excursion

Where: Trescott/Cobscook Bay Region

Sunday, May 27

7 am - 4 pm

Guide: Woody Gillies, Bill Kolodnicki

Fee: $35

This popular moving event is limited to 10 participants and fills quickly.

We will bird in five or six special habitats in the Cobscook Bay area to have the opportunity to see an inordinate variety of birds. Stops will be in spruce-fir forests, brush and pole stage timber, ocean and tidal flats, and fresh and tidal marshes—habitats for a great variety of birds from hummingbirds to Gannets.

This excursion will be at a leisurely pace to allow you to focus on new and/or favorite birds. Over the course of the day, it will be possible to see most of the birds expected to be in this area. Bring along waterproof boots and layers of clothing. Bug repellant and a refillable water bottle are recommended. Please bring a bag lunch with you, as we will be stopping for a picnic lunch sometime during the day.

Meet at CCLC Festival HQ. Restrooms will be available at some stops.

 

Bog Brook Preserve Moose Cove

Where: Trescott/Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Sunday, May 27

6:30 - 10:30 am

Guide: Kirk Gentalen

The Moose Cove area of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Bog Brook Preserve is full of beauty and wildlife, especially birds. We will start this walk with a little sea watching from an open panoramic viewshed and then walk the nearby Moose Cove Trail which cuts thru a variety of habitats while affording several different views of Moose Cove and the open ocean. Alder thickets, hardwood forest dominated by maple and birch, and cedar and spruce forest will all be explored. Open canopies and vistas will provide abundant views of local birds and other wildlife.

We will hope to see sea birds, including alcids, sea ducks, Great Cormorant, warblers, vireos, and other songbirds.

Trail conditions will be mostly level with uneven stretches and a short, steep incline section to get up Moose Ridge. Make sure to wear good walking/hiking shoes, and bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Spotting scopes are also useful for the sea watch portion of this session. Kirk will have his scope available for participants. The 0.2-mile path from the parking lot to the Moose Cove scenic outlook is all-accessible.

Meet at Moose Cove parking lot. From CCLC: Turn left onto Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 3.9 miles turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd) and proceed south. After 6.7 miles turn left onto Moose River Rd. From Cutler: Follow 191 through many twists and turns for about 7 miles, passing the Bog Brook Preserve entrance at Norse Pond Rd. 1.5 miles north of that, turn right onto Moose River Road. Drive to the parking lot at the end of Moose River Rd, staying left at the Bog Brook Rd fork. No restroom.

 

 

Pike Lands

Where: North Lubec

Sunday, May 27

6:30 - 9:30 am

Guides: Bill & Sallie Satterthwaite

This event walks two short trails on the North Lubec peninsula that include diverse habitats. The birds seen and heard will depend upon the timing of the season, but we have had good luck with common field, forest, and coastal species of the region, including warblers.

The Cove trail to Cobscook Bay is an easy half-mile out-and-back walk along apple orchard, boreal forest, salt marsh, and a shallow beach. The Huckins Beach / West Loop combined trail is a one-mile loop with somewhat challenging walking at the far end. It passes through open woodland and spruce-fir and cedar forest and loops back at the steep shore of South Bay.

The property also has a short Arboretum Trail that winds among exotic shrubs and trees that were brought back experimentally from his world travels by the previous landowner, Dr. Radcliffe Pike, a noted horticulturalist. DCC has been working to revitalize the arboretum and to provide some interpretive signage. The shrubs include a number of azaleas that may be in bloom.

Being on either side of a narrow peninsula, these walks can have coastal fog, so bring appropriate outerwear. Boots are recommended.

Meet at the Huckins Beach trailhead, which is in the first Pike Lands parking lot (GPS 44.899060, -67.051364).  From the CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 toward Lubec. After 7.3 miles, soon after the Eastland Motel, turn left at McFadden's Variety onto North Lubec Rd. After 5.3 miles (as the road rises shortly after Bailey Lane and house #1043), Turn left into the first Pike Lands parking lot, or  park along the road or in the second Pike Lands parking lot on the right about 0.1 mile further along. Please do not park in the driveway across the road from the first lot. No restroom.

 

GPS coordinates: 44.899060, -67.051364

 

Baring / Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: NWR Open House

Saturday, May 26

1 – 5 pm

The Moosehorn NWR headquarters building will be open for visitors this afternoon.  There will be exhibits for viewing, including a showcase of wildlife items that have been seized at our borders from smugglers.  Photos of wildlife captured by our trail cams will be running throughout the afternoon, and there will be displays showing refuge habitat, wildlife, and management activities.

Refuge staff will be present to answer questions and provide recommendations on hiking trails, fishing, hunting, birding hot spots, wildlife inventory and monitoring projects, and habitat management.

There will be two guided tours of parts of the refuge not normally open to the public; tours will leave the refuge office at 1:30 and 3:30 pm.

Refuge maps and brochures, posters, and the Where People Care About Wildlife DVD will be available.

Location:  MNWR Headquarters, 103 Headquarters Rd, Baring. From the north: At the junction of US 1 and Charlotte Rd (where Baring is marked on the map, southwest of Calais), travel 2.4 miles south on Charlotte Rd and turn right onto Headquarters Rd.  From Whiting: Drive north for 14 miles on US 1 and turn left onto Ayers Junction Rd. Travel 6.1 miles and turn right onto Charlotte Rd. Travel 8.4 miles (crossing Station Rd in Charlotte) and turn left onto Headquarters Rd.  On Headquarters Rd, take the first right onto a gravel road and proceed past the YCC Building to the HQ Building. Restrooms are available.

 

 

Topsfiled / Baskahegan Company: Burn Road Hike

Saturday, May 26

7 am – 3 pm 

Guide: Marion Bates

Land Manager: Baskahegan Company

Fee: $15

The Burn Road in northern Washington County is known for its excellent boreal birding. Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, plus both crossbill species are frequently seen here. We will also look on nearby roads for Mourning Warbler.

We will likely walk 3-4 miles, at a slow pace, on flat and dry gravel surfaces. This trip is appropriate for birders with any level of skill or experience. Blackflies and mosquitoes will be swarming, so be sure to bring insect repellent and wear clothing that covers your skin (hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, and closed shoes). You should also bring water and lunch.

Meet at: Topsfield Irving station (now closed), at the junction of US 1 and Rte 6. This is 34 miles north of the Moosehorn NWR HQ in Baring. Travel time from CCLC Festival HQ is close to two hours. As the Topsfield Irving is no longer open, the closest location to fill up on gas, pick up drinks and snacks, and use restrooms is 16 miles south on US 1, the Irving station at 87 Main St in Princeton.

 

Lubec / Maine Coast Heritage Trust: Boot Head Preserve Hike

Where: Lubec

Saturday, May 26

7 – 10:30 am

Guide: Herb Wilson

Boot Head Preserve features some of the most dramatic views of the Maine coastline. Enjoy it, along with fabulous birding, during this circular hike a little more than 2 miles long. Some trail sections are gradual and smooth, while other sections along the rocky coast require a lot of up-and-down hiking over a rocky trail. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

A small bog near the trailhead offers the possibility of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Purple Finch. The coniferous forest has large numbers of Magnolia Warblers and Black-throated Green Warblers. We should also encounter Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ovenbird. Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee are often present.

Stands of stunted spruce along the rocky headlands provide habitat for Blackpoll Warbler and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Common Eider and Black Guillemot will be on the water far below. Merlin have nested along the cliffs in some years.

This hike is limited to 15 participants.

Meet at the Boot Head parking lot. From Whiting or the CCLC, take Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd). Drive south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Boot Cove Rd, then drive east 1.9 miles. Or if coming from Lubec or West Quoddy Head via South Lubec Rd, bear right onto the other end of Boot Cove Rd at the sharp leftward bend in South Lubec Rd and drive west 3.9 miles. There are parking lots on both sides of the road. No restrooms.

GPS coordinates: 44.775591, -67.031157

Moving Event - Eagle and Osprey Viewing; Rails, Wrens & Night Hawks; Woodcocks and Whippoorwills

Where: Baring/Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, May 26

6:30 - 9 pm

Guides: Maurry Mills, Amy Meehan

 

Join with refuge staff for all or part of this moving evening event.

We will begin with a short introduction to the identification and calls of the rails, snipe, nighthawks, whippoorwills, and owls we hope to find.

Next we will carpool from the YCC Building to the abandoned railroad bed off US 1, that runs between the Lower Barn Meadow and Lower Magurrewock Marshes. There we will walk along the railroad bed in search of Marsh Wren, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Common Nighthawk, American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Kingbird, Swamp Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, and Warbling Vireo.

As dusk approaches we will drive to a singing ground on the Refuge and listen and watch for American Woodcock. The male woodcock flies from his daytime cover to an opening where he performs his courtship flights, precisely 15 to 22 minutes after sunset, depending on sky conditions. He begins by making a series of nasal "peents" before ascending several hundred feet in the air and spiraling back to the same spot on the ground. In addition to the "Timberdoodle" listen for White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Common Nighthawk, and several owls. Several species of frogs may also be heard including Spring Peeper, Gray Tree Frog, Green Frog, and Pickerel Frog.

After observing the woodcock we will drive along the Ice House Road to listen for the call of the Eastern Whippoorwill, and play recordings of several species of owls in hopes of getting them to respond. Species that nest at Moosehorn include the tiny Saw-whet and the larger Barred and Great Horned Owls.

We will continue driving along the interior Refuge roads looking and listening for more woodcock, owls, and nighthawks as well as for mammals such as Beaver, White-tailed Deer, Moose, Black Bear, and Bobcat.

We will end the trip where the Refuge road intersects with the Charlotte Road, directly across from the Moosehorn NWR Headquarters driveway.

Meet at the YCC Building at MNWR Headquarters. From the Charlotte Rd turn into the entrance to Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and follow the signs. Restrooms in the YCC Building.

 

Pennamaquan River Walk

Where: Pembroke

Saturday, May 27

2 - 4 pm 

Guide: Fred & Linda Gralenski

This easy hike will focus on the alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, an anadromous fish that migrates up rivers about this time of year to spawn in lakes.  The fisheries managers, both state and federal, are taking a closer look at the aspect of rivers and streams being nurseries for the Gulf of Maine; in 2016 the St. Croix River was opened to spawning anadromous fish after being closed for 18 years.

We hope to see Bald Eagle, Osprey and other birds feeding on the migrating alewives; and although river herring don’t make spectacular leaps like salmon, they can negotiate some very fast water, and their capabilities are impressive.

We will discuss the life cycle of diadromous fish, and how they can survive in both salt and fresh water, their impact (both real and imagined) on freshwater lakes, and their importance as forage for birds, mammals, and other fish.  We will net a few alewives and show their interesting anatomy as plankton feeders, and their use as nutrition for soils, lobsters, and people.

This event includes a small amount of driving around the river and the lake.

Meet at the parking lot next to the falls and the (now-closed) Crossroads Restaurant just north of Little Falls Rd on US 1 in Pembroke. No restrooms.

 

 

Talmadge: Yacolucci Woods

Saturday, May 27

3:30 – 5:30 pm 

Guide: Colin Brown

Join Colin Brown, Education & Outreach Manager for the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, for an afternoon walk through Yacolucci Woods – a 100 acre parcel that is permanently conserved for wildlife habitat.  An easy walking path passes through several different forest types, allowing for good views of woodpeckers, warblers, wetland species, and many more. 

This walk serves as an excellent stop that immediately follows the “Burn Road” program, located 15 minutes south along Route 1. Anyone planning on attending the Burn Road walk, followed by the Moosehorn evening program, can fill their afternoon with this great excursion!

Where to start:

Yacolucci Woods is located directly along the west side of Route 1, on the Waite/Talmadge town line. If you are headed south from the Burn Road, Yacolucci Woods will be roughly 4 miles south of the intersection of Routes 1 and 6, on the right. We will meet in the parking area along the road, next to the sign.

Trescott/CCLC: Presentation by Anne Archie: "Spruce Bud Worm in Maine: Changes in the Boreal Forest"

Saturday, May 27

2 – 3 pm

Discussion: An informative talk about the spruce budworm, its lifecycle and the history of the budworm outbreaks in the boreal forests of the northeast. Also, information about the bird species that spend all or part of their lives in the boreal forest and how the spruce budworm outbreak may affect them.

Presenter: Anne Archie retired from the US Forest Service where she spent 33 years as a Wildlife Biologist, District Ranger and Forest Supervisor in National Forests in Oregon, southeast Alaska, Wisconsin, Idaho and New Hampshire.

Where: Festival HQ, CCLC in Trescott

 

Cutler: Western Head Hike

Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

1 - 4 pm 

Guide: Kirk Gentalen

The 250 acres that make up Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Western Head Preserve offer an array of habitats and spectacular vistas for any observer. For this nature walk, we’ll explore the preserve’s spruce forests, beaches and views looking for mushrooms, slime molds, marine mammals, and, of course, birds. Birdwise, an active Bald Eagle nest will be observed, and songbirds including Blackpoll Warbler will be part of the search. We will check out whatever we can find. This trip offers a great way to see Maine’s Bold Coast.

Participants should expect easy to moderately difficult trails that will include moderate inclines, uneven footing, rough terrain, cobble beach, and boulders. The walk will be three miles round trip. Wear footwear that will provide a measure of protection from the wet undergrowth and will provide good footing.

Meet at Western Head parking area. From the CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 3.9 miles turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd) and proceed south 14 miles to Cutler Village. From the village center continue south on Rte 191 for 1.3 miles to Destiny Bay Rd which is on the left at a crest in the road immediately after you see a monumental stone wall on the right. Turn left and follow Destiny Bay Rd for 1.0 mile to the fork at the end of the paved section. Bear right and continue straight for another 0.2 mile to the parking lot on the right. If the lot is full, park along the road shoulder. There are no restrooms on the trail.

GPS coordinates: 44.653359, -67.209766

 

Baring/MNWR: Barn Meadow Trail Hike

Saturday, May 27

6:30 – 11 am

Guides: Bill KolodnickiMaurry Mills, and refuge staff

Join Maurry and other MNWR staff for an easy 3-mile hike that follows the Barn Meadow Trail through a variety of habitats: various ages of hardwood and softwood forest, a managed oak stand, wetlands, and fields.
Many neotropical migrant birds may be seen. Birds here can include Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Ring‑necked Duck, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Pileated Woodpecker; Alder, Great‑crested, and Least Flycatchers; Eastern Wood-pewee, vireos, thrushes, Marsh Wren, Belted Kingfisher, Bobolink, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows, and nearly two dozen species of warblers.
After walking the trail we will cross the Charlotte Rd to scan the Magurrewock Marshes from the cross dike and the eagle observation deck for waterfowl, marsh and water birds, and raptors.

Rubber boots and insect repellent are highly recommended.

Meet at the YCC Building on the grounds of the Refuge headquarters (turn onto the Headquarters Rd from Charlotte Rd and follow signs). From there you can drive your own vehicle or car pool to park along Charlotte Rd near the Barn Meadow trailhead and Magurrewock dike. CAUTION: Watch for high-speed traffic on Charlotte Rd. Note that travel time from the CCLC Festival HQ is 45 to 60 minutes depending on the route you choose. Restrooms are at MNWR HQ in the YCC Building and at the Raven Trail parking area further up Headquarters Rd.


 

 

Perry: Pottle Tree Farm Hike

Saturday, May 26

6:30 – 9 am 

Guides: Fred & Linda Gralenski

Pottle Tree Farm has diverse habitats, including hayfields, grown-up farmland, a working forest of mixed hardwood and softwood through which Boyden Stream runs, and surrounding lowlands. Apple trees and overgrown cellar holes are scattered throughout, mixed with alders, cherries, roses, and other shrubs.

During this mile-long walk, look for Ruffed Grouse, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and woodpeckers in the apple trees; Wood Duck, sandpipers, American Kestrel and other raptors; American Woodcock; and warblers along the stream and in the bigger forest—perhaps four dozen different species in all.

Trails on this private property are well-maintained and offer easy walking. There will be some moderately muddy spots, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Meet at 507 South Meadow Road, Perry. From US 1, just north of the intersection with Rte 190,  turn west on South Meadow Rd (near the Perry Farmer’s Union). The tree farm is 2.5 miles from this turn. At the fork in the road, stay left. Look for signs for the tree farm on your right. Park anywhere, but please do not block the driveway to the house or barn. We will gather at the tree farm sign. There is an outhouse on the trail.

 

 

Edmunds/MNWR: Afternoon Hike - Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk

Friday, May 26

3 - 5:30 pm

Guides: Fred Gralenski & Amy Zipperer

Join local herbalist Amy Zipperer and naturalist Fred Gralenski on this edible and medicinal plant walk. We'll explore traditional uses of wild weeds as medicine and food, and discuss techniques for harvesting, preservation and preparing medicines. Perhaps we'll nibble a few plants along the way. Participants will discover that the forests and fields are filled with plants that can help nourish and heal.

Where to start: CCLC-Trescott, then car pool to MNWR at Edmunds

 

Trescott/CCLC: Welcome Social and Presentation Historic and Current Research on Grouse and American Woodcock at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, May 25

6 – 8 pm

Dr. Erik Blomberg

Includes dinner, $20 per person
(Soups, breads, salad, and dessert)

Dr. Blomberg (University of Maine in Orono) leads a research project on grouse and woodcock in eastern Maine. The most recent woodcock study involves GPS transmitters that send the location of a bird every few days, providing valuable information on fall and spring migration and wintering habitat. Several of these birds were captured at Moosehorn last fall. Working with wildlife biologists at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, he has been leading a three-year research project involving tagged grouse.

From a historical perspective, much of what is known today about the woodcock is based on research done at Moosehorn beginning in the late 1930s. A number of radio telemetry projects here have looked at summer and fall survival, sources of predation, and habitat preferences. In the 1990s Moosehorn staff pioneered the use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The USF&WS National Training Center still uses Moosehorn data when teaching GIS courses.

A light supper of soup and salad, breads, and dessert accompanies the presentation.

Where to start:  The CCLC is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott Township, between the towns of Whiting and Lubec, in the Cobscook Bay region of Downeast Maine. Easily accessible from Route 1 in Whiting, take Route 189 toward Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick. After 1.8 miles, turn left on Commissary Point Road. The CCLC is the first driveway on the left.