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Public Invited to Participate in Statewide Bird-watching Event

May 07, 2007 - TRC

FALMOUTH, Maine May 7, 2007-The public is invited to join Maine Audubon's annual Birdathon held this year from Saturday, May 12 through Tuesday, June 5.

In its ninth year, the Birdathon is a bird-watching event in which individuals or teams secure per-species pledges and then search for and identify as many bird species as possible to support Maine Audubon's work for wildlife conservation. This year's goal is $50,000.

EDITORS/REPORTERS: For photos of Birdathon participants in action or to join or talk to some, call (207) 781-2330, ext. 241.

Birders of all ages and abilities are invited to participate: participants can count the birds in their back yard, join a trip led by Audubon guides, form a competitive team of their own or pledge to support an existing team.

From 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 Maine Audubon will host a free "birders' breakfast" of coffee, juice and bagels at Portland's best birding hot spot, Evergreen Cemetery. Maine Audubon naturalists will be on hand to point out and identify birds. Follow the signs from the cemetery entrance on Stevens Avenue to the ponds.

May 19 is also Competitive Team Day in which experienced birders team up and scour the state for as many species as possible in 24 hours.

A number of other public Birdathon trips are scheduled around the state between May 12 and June 5. Teams include the Acadian Flycatchers on Mount Desert Island, the Cardinal Sins in Greater Bangor, an Aroostook County team, the Midcoast Chapter Team in Greater Rockland and several York County Chapter teams as well as the Pledging Plovers (Maine
Audubon's board of trustees and friends).

For more information on Maine Audubon's Birdathon, visit www.maineaudubon.org, e-mail birdathon@maineaudubon.org or call (207)
781-2330, ext. 231.

MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.

Submitted by Marie Malin, Maine Audubon Society

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.