Rangeley Bird Festival Program, June 7-9, 2019

We are so glad that you are interested in exploring Rangeley’s exceptional bird habitat.  If you are unfamiliar with birding in Maine, or you just want to get in the mood, check out the recent article from the Portland Press Herald, which describes the unique Maine birding experience.

Here is the schedule:

Friday evening

5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome and Check-in

A meet and greet with guides, light refreshments

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust headquarters

2424 Main Street,

Rangeley, Maine 04970

Phone: (207) 864-7311 or Gina: (207) 680-0611

 

PLAN AHEAD: If you are going on the Bicknell’s Thrush Hike on Saddleback OR considering the Boreal add-on to the Perham Stream walk: consider a box lunch from Classic Provisions (pick up Friday afternoon)

Saturday Morning

All morning walks will begin at 6:30. Park and meet in the municipal lot across from Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. RLHT will provide coffee and muffins. For those staying at the Rangeley Inn, ask about early coffee/breakfast service in advance; they may be able to accommodate the “early birders.” Breakfast is also served at Keep's Corner, 2755 Main Street, from 6 a.m.

 

Boy Scout Road Walk plan to drive/carpool

Guide: Derek Lovitch Assistant: Katrina Fenton

 

Perham Stream, plus Boreal option; plan to drive/carpool

Guide: Pete McKinley, Assistant: David Miller

Depending on the group’s interest Pete McKinley will offer to continue with a Boreal walk to the Appalachian Trail where it crosses northbound to Lone Mountain. Parking for that is a 20-minute drive from the Perham walk. If the Perham group is game for new habitat he will lead the group into fir and spruce along the AT where we pick up blackpoll warbler, boreal chickadee, and Bicknell’s. For those who want the add-on, bring a box lunch!

 

Boreal Blitz, van trip

Guide: Doug Hitchcox Assistant: Sidney Wade

 

Mingo Springs: short drive

Guide: Nick Leadley Assistant: TBD

 

Bicknell’s Thrush, Saddleback; plan to drive/carpool

Guide: Steve Hale; assistant: Nini Christenson

drive from the parking lot to Saddleback

In addition to bird watching gear, participants should bring day packs to carry water bottles (at least 2 liters), lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, raincoat/windbreaker, and head-net.

 

Saturday, midday

Rangeley offers lovely picnic sites and local restaurants. It’s a small town and very easy to explore.

 

Saturday afternoon

1 p.m. Boy Scout Walk

Guide: Derek Lovitch with Katrina Fenton

 

1 p.m. Mingo Springs

Guide: Nick Leadley, with assistant

 

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Loon Cruise

Guide: Kevin Sinnett

1.5-hour Loon Cruises from the Rangeley Town dock at the end of Park Road, the same road as the Chamber of Commerce (note: Please use public bathroom adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce as there is no restroom on board)

 

Saturday evening

5:30 p.m:Convene at the Rangeley Inn, the lovely historic hotel at 2443 Maine Street, across from RLHT HQ. A bar and light fare are available. Unless you are a guest at the Inn, please park in the nearby municipal lot, where we met in the morning.

6:00: Award Presentation: The John Bicknell Conservation award presentation

6:15: Doug Hitchcox, of Maine Audubon, will give a presentation on e-bird

7 p.m. Enjoy dinner at one of Rangeley’s restaurants, or just relax at the Rangeley Inn, where delicious light fare is available. A list of options will be in your info packet.

 

Sunday morning

6:30 a.m.

Park and meet in the municipal lot, RLHT to provide coffee and muffins.

 

Boy Scout Road Walk:

plan to drive/carpool

Guide: Katrina Fenton Assistant: Amanda Laliberte

 

Perham Stream, van trip, plus Boreal option; plan to drive/carpool

Guide: Pete McKinley, Assistant: Alyssa Andrews

See Saturday schedule for add-on options

 

Boreal Blitz, van trip

Guide: Doug HitchcoxAssistant: Sidney Wade

 

Bicknell’s Thrush, Saddleback; plan to carpool

Guide: Steve Hale; assistant: Nini Christenson

Drive from the parking lot to Saddleback

In addition to bird watching gear, participants should bring day packs to carry water bottles (at least 2 liters), lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, raincoat/windbreaker, and head-net.

 

Sunday walks will end by noon, except the Bicknell’s thrush/Saddleback walk which will be completed by 2 p.m.

Stop by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust Office to share your impressions and experience of the weekend.