Bird-sounds hike this Saturday

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Culture

Bird-sounds hike this Saturday

Will Broussard, left, captures bird song.

BOWDOINHAM — Merrymeeting Bay is internationally recognized for its unique tidal freshwater ecosystem. This ecosystem attracts a diversity of birds and the bay is recognized by The American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Conservation Area. To learn more about this habitat and its avian array, join ornithologist Will Broussard on a  bird-sounds walk in Bowdoinham this Saturday, June 30, from 7 to 9 a.m. The event is hosted by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.

Broussard, the outreach coordinator for the Mount Washington Observatory, studied conservation biology at Antioch University New England graduate school and was the youngest person certified by the Cornell Ornithology Lab for the recording of bird sounds. A Bowdoinham native, he is passionate about the birds found around Merrymeeting Bay.

Although this walk will be on easy terrain, participants should wear sturdy shoes offering protection from mud and water. The walk will occur rain or shine. For more information,  contact Ed Friedman at 666-3372.  

The FOMB Summer Outside! Series is the warm-weather counterpart to FOMB’s popular Winter Speaker Series. Events are usually free and are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. FOMB’s next outing will be a paddle tour of Palmer Meadow Pond in Dresden. To pre-register for this paddle, contact trip leader Ed Friedman at 666-3372.  As with all FOMB paddle trips, paddlers must have a minimum of intermediate paddling skills, a boat and a PFD.  

To receive more information about FOMB’s programs call Jeff DeRosa, executive coordinator, at 371-8099 or jeffderosa@fomb.org. The full Outside! Series is on the web at: www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org.   

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