Bird phenology walk with biologist Ron Joseph

The Georges River Land Trust will host a shoreline “bird phenology” walk with wildlife biologist Ron Joseph at Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in St. George on Thursday, August 9, from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

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. Joseph will focus on factors affecting shorebird migrations.

Joseph retired in 2010 following 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and three years with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. During his career he worked with private landowners restoring habitat for songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl.

Attendees are asked to meet at Scraggle Point Road off the Clark Island Road at 10:30am. From the turn off onto Scraggle Point Road, go about .6 miles and park on the side of the road. This walk will have uneven footing on rough woods trails and along the potentially wet marshy shore, so rubber boots or appropriate shoes are recommended. Please leave your dogs at home. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

For further information, please call the land trust at 594-5166.

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