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Columbia & Addison: Moving Event: Blueberry Barrens and Addison Marsh

Amy Meehan, Maurry Mills Join us for this trip to the barrens of Washington County in search of
nesting Upland Sandpiper and Vesper

Sparrow. Large sandy plains that were created by retreating glaciers are ideal for cultivating low-bush blueberries, a major agricultural crop in this part of the state. We’ll be on the lookout for additional species that prefer these open and shrubby habitats, including Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s and Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and Northern Harrier.

While we’re in the area, we’ll swing by Addison Marsh to look for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl such as Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, and Green-winged Teal. This large salt marsh attracts a variety of waders and dabblers, and offers good viewing opportunities from dry ground.

If time and weather permit, we may continue our birding in the South Addison or Harrington area for warblers and other migrants.

No strenuous hiking is involved. Bring along snacks and a drink.

Meet at Elmer’s Country Store in Columbia Falls on US 1, on the left if you are heading south, just past Wild Blueberry Land (large painted blueberries). Elmer’s has gas, a restaurant, a convenience store, and rest rooms.