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Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust News


Homing Pigeon talk & release, Sunday, May 11... Join Connie Tuller in the Wildlands at 1 pm to learn more about the hobby of raising and training homing pigeons. Connie will bring several of her birds to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands to show, and release to demonstrate their homing skills. Enter at the South Gate on Route 1 (near 176). For more information, 469-2008 or For weather cancellations, check

Bird the Birding Path, Saturday, May 17... Watch for warblers and explore the new bog bridging (courtesy of Eagle Scout Logan Cote) on this beautiful trail in the Wildlands. We'll see lots of new beaver activity, wildflowers and moose sign, too! Meet Cheri Domina at the Wildlands North Gate (Bald Mtn. Road, 0.2 mi west of Winkumpaugh Rd.) at 7 am to carpool in for this 2-mile hike. Bring binoculars and bug protection. Beginners welcome! 469-2008 or for more info. Rain date May 18.

Mark your calendars: GPMCT Annual meeting is Sunday, July 13, 4-6 pm, with Great Pond Mtn. hike early Saturday, July 12.


Women and Their Woods, Thursday, May 8... A workshop for women to hone their vision and goals for woodland management, and learn about resources available. Practice setting objectives, learn roles of foresters and loggers, observe actively managed stands, review management plans, and network. Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, 8:30-4:30, $40 incl. lunch. Register at, or 200-8840.

Bird ID by Sight and Sound, Friday, May 9... Bob Duchesne presents a tutorial on bird id by sight and sound, 6:30-9 pm at Blue Hill Library. Get easy-to-remember tips on how to recognize what you're hearing and visually identify birds quickly through field marks, habits, and habitats. This seminar will help new birders build skills and help experienced birders shake off the rust of winter. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon. Free.

Beginning Birding Course, Tuesdays, May 13-June 3, 6-9 am... Downeast Audubon and The Natural History Center will offer a 4-week spring birding course. We will spend our time in the field, learning to use field guides and binoculars, identifying birds, birding by habitat, etc. The course will focus on the Blue Hill peninsula and Deer Isle. Cost is $100. To sign up: Rich, 207/266-9461 or Rich@TheNaturalHistoryCenter. com. Registration limited.

Bucksport Farmer's Market returns May 15... The Farmer's Market will be back outdoors on Main Street (next to the Post Office) starting Thursday, May 15, 2:30-5 pm. New vendors will join the ones you supported last season. GPMCT is a sponsor! Also, a new market will open in Searsport May 13, 2:30-5:30 on Route 1, hosted by Penobscot Marine Museum.

Downeast Audubon Bird Walks... DEA is offering a multitude of bird walks in May. For more details, CLICK HERE. Pre-registration required, and non-member fee is $5. Call 664-4400 or

  • 100 Acre Wood, Brooklin, Sat., May 10, 7 am
  • Witherle Woods, Castine, Wed., May 14, 8 am
  • Denny's Way, Blue Hill, Sat., May 17, 7 am. Especially for beginners!
  • Schoodic Point, Friday, May 23, 8 am
  • Blue Hill Mountain, Saturday, May 24, 7 am
  • Seawall (MDI), Sunday, May 25 7:30 am
  • Patten Stream, Surry, Saturday, May 31, 7 am

Penobscot River Fish Restoration Bus Tour, Thursday, May 22... Celebrate World Fish Migration Day on a guided field trip along the Penobscot! Experience a free flowing river where the former Veazie and Great Works dams once blocked sea-run fish from spawning and nursery habitat. Learn more about the Penobscot River Restoration Project and efforts to rebuild populations of native migratory fish. See live eels, alewives at Blackman Stream fishway, the new fish lift at Milford Dam. Bus leaves Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor at 1 pm for tour, returning at 4 pm for opening of the Sea-run Fish and their Ecosystem art exhibit. For more info on bus tour and other World Fish Migration Day activities, contact Josh Royte, The Nature Conservancy at (207) 373-5214 or Cheryl Daigle, Penobscot River Restoration Trust at (207) 232-9969.

Green Eggs and Sand: Horseshoe Crabs, Tuesday, June 3... For 445 million years, horseshoe crabs have come up from the depths of the ocean to lay their green eggs on Atlantic shores in late May and early June. Gulf of Maine Marine Education Assoc. President Carol Steingart will explore the secret life of these living fossils at the Ellsworth Unitarian Church, 7:30 pm. She'll speak about life cycle, pressures on their population and use of the blood in medical procedures. This is also Downeast Audubon's annual meeting. The following day will be field trip to view crabs.

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
PO Box 266, Orland, ME 04472