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Wheeler Bay Shore Walk
August 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us at the Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a shoreline walk to learn about bird phenology with wildlife biologist Ron Joseph. We will meet at Scraggle Point Road, Spruce Head, at 1030 am. From the turn off on Clark Island Road, go about .6 miles and park on the side of Scraggle Point Road. This walk will have uneven footing on rough woods trails and along the potentially wet marshy shore. We recommend you wear rubber boots or appropriate shoes. Please leave your dog at home.
So what the heck is phenology? Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal variations in climate and habitat factors. Examples include the date of emergence of leaves and flowers, the first flight of butterflies and the first appearance of migratory birds, the date of leaf coloring and fall in deciduous trees, and the dates of egg-laying of birds. Ron will discuss factors affecting shorebird migrations.
Ron retired in 2010 following 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 3 years with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. During his career, Ron worked with private landowners restoring habitat for songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl. He’s now a contributing writer for Down East and Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazines. Many of his pieces have also appeared in the Bangor Daily News. Ron is a member of the Kennebec Land Trust’s Advisory Board.