For those arriving early or staying late
ABF is proud to offer
pre-fest and post-fest trips for those who wish to extend their birding
Saddleback Mountain in search of Bicknell's Thrush
June 2 (Wednesday) 7am-2pm
This is a day trip at Saddleback Mountain. Bicknell’s Thrush unique breeding ecology above 3000 feet requires a steady climb to the barren bald peaks of Saddleback Mountain tucked away in the western mountains of Maine. Many northern specialty birds will be found among the rocky summit heaths and boreal krummholz ecosystems of the Rangeley Lakes region, offering opportunities for a variety of hard to find boreal species like Gray Jays, Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker. We will study bird communication and ecology of the spruce and fir forest and dwarf shrub summits where Nashville and Blackpoll Warblers, Swainson’s Thrush and Blue-headed Vireo are calling from the spruce zone.
Participants should bring snacks, lunch, beverages,
bug repellent and sunscreen. Dress in layers as it could be cold.
The trip starts and ends at Saddleback Mountain (approximately 3.5
hours from MDI), so we recommend you find a motel closer
to the mountain the night before the trip. There are
several lodging oportunities in Rangeley, only 15 minutes from the
Tour guides are Michael Good and TBD. This daytrip requires 2-3 miles of hiking straight down difficult steep ski slopes with 2000 ft elevation drop, some places with rocks and roots, only for those in very good physical walking shape (walking sticks helpful). The group will be taken up the mountain in ATVs, but descent will be by foot. Participants should bring binoculars, snacks, lunch, beverages, bug repellent, sunscreen, and good hiking/walking shoes. Dress in layers as it could be cold.
Fee is $90/person. Limit 10 participants.