Western Maine Audubon birding talk, warbler walk set

FARMINGTON — Western Maine Audubon is hosting two birding events in May.
“Birding in Maine,” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in North Dining Hall, University of Maine at Farmington.

Retired wildlife biologist Ron Joseph will share his deep experience and knowledge of where those who would like to give birding a try should go, and what they might see. Joseph retired in 2010 following a 33-year career with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
He specialized in migratory bird conservation by restoring habitat on private lands and conducting breeding bird surveys. He also studied Canada lynx and bald eagles.
He leads birding trips for Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation and writes for Down East and Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors magazines.
The organization will host its annual spring warbler walk along the railroad tracks in West Farmington on Saturday, May 12. The group will meet at the Whistlestop Trail parking lot at 7 a.m. The walk usually lasts about two hours and is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly.
All birders’ eyes and ears are welcome. For information call Steve Bien at 207-897-5215.
Both events are free and open to the public.

PHOTO: A goldfinch is one of many birds that may be seen on the Western Maine Audobon warbler walk May 12. (Submitted photo)