State park offers bird walks and nature talks

13 years ago

  PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Outdoor enthusiasts are invited each Saturday during the month of July to take part in activities designed to educate the public on the bird species that call the Aroostook State Park home and the natural wonders that are found at the site.
“The Bird Walks and Nature Talks programs are open to the public on Saturday mornings starting at 8 a.m. and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. They are led by campground hosts Mark and Teri McClelland who are avid birders and well-rounded naturalists,” said Scott Thompson, park director.

Those interested in the bird walks will meet on Saturday mornings in the parking area in front of the headquarters building, near the canoe rack. Walks will take 60-90 minutes.

Participants will locate and identify many of the birds that call Aroostook State Park home for the summer.

“We’ll check Echo Lake for waterfowl and shore birds, and then walk the park road to find woodpeckers, warblers, thrushes and other great birds,” said Thompson, who noted this is a good opportunity for beginning birders, but experienced birders are welcome too.

“And remember to bring binoculars if you’ve got them,” added Thompson.

If nature in general is your interest, then the evening program may be a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

“Presentations will be at the kitchen shelter in the campground. Presentations will run 30-45 minutes. The talks will be on a variety of subjects, including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bats and other creatures that call Aroostook County home,” said Thompson.

No two Saturdays will be alike, according to the park director.

“There will be a different talk each week, so plan to attend them all,” said Thompson.

The Bird Walks and Nature Talks are free, though normal park entrance fees will apply — $2 for adults, $1 for children. Call 768-8341 for more information.

“These are two separate activities and we are offering these every Saturday from July 2 through July 30,” said Thompson.