The Star-Herald

Birding festival to soar in June

LIMESTONE, Maine — The Aroostook Birders invite anyone with a love of wild birds or bird watching to attend the Northern Maine Birding Festival coming June 9 and 10.

This year the festival is expanding, with a return to the Aroostook State Park and continuing activities and walks at the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge.

Organizers said the festival is timed to take advantage of the long, sunny days of late spring and the abundance and diversity of breeding birds in northern Maine. It’s the time when birdsong is at its peak, the woods and fields are green and the trees and shrubs are in full flower.

Members will provide guided bird walks, aimed for everyone from beginning bird watchers to master naturalists to learn about the birds of the park and refuge

This year the festival will add visits to some of the club’s favorite birding sites at Lake Josephine and the boreal forests to the north. Lectures on bird topics are scheduled, a live falcon will be on hand, and the popular bird-banding demonstration by a local ornithologist is returning. Kids can build at nest box, have fun painting their faces like birds or learn to create bird origami.

For more information, visit the Aroostook Birders webpage and see them on Facebook.

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