Spring Birding Bonanza 2023

Join us for a flock of fun birding events this April & May!

Do you enjoy watching birds at your feeder? Ever wonder what those raptors are doing flying so high overhead? Curious as to why you’re seeing Orioles and Blackbirds earlier and earlier than in years past? Maybe a certain bird call triggers a memory of your childhood?

If you are excited about birds and want to learn more about their behavior, their ecosystems and their lives, you’ll want to join us for some of the White Pine birding events this spring.

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Thank you to York Land Trust, our hosting sponsor for the May events!

We welcome birders of all levels at these activities and workshops; no matter your experience with our avian friends,  participants will walk away with a deeper appreciation of birds as well as a stronger connection to nature.

The Importance of Birding: A Presentation and Discussion

Speaker: Debbie Lyons, Bird Atlas Researcher & Expert Birder

Monday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street Kennebunk

Friday May 5, 6-7:30 pm
York Public Library 15 Long Sands Rd York, Maine

Register Now for Library Talk

Join birding expert Debbie Lyons on a storytelling journey to learn about the birds we see and the birds we hear here on the Seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire. She will share stories from fields, forests, wetlands and mountains of listening, watching and tracking a huge variety of birds. While the incredible diversity of species in our area allows for exciting sightings year round, Debbie will talk about her local experiences seeing shifts in migratory patterns and habitat diversity – real live examples of global climate change. 

Debbie’s engaging style will leave you wanting to start a birding practice of your own! Please join us in Kennebunk or York for these free events! Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged. Click here to register today.

About Debbie Lyons: Debbie has a B.S. in Environmental Science from New England College and an M.A. in Environmental Education from UNH.  Debbie gained her naturalist knowledge as a student at White Pine and has been a staff member for more than five years. During the last three summers, Debbie was part of the Maine Bird Atlas helping to complete the state’s five year study on all bird populations in the state of Maine. This study included point counts, marsh bird surveys, night-jar surveys, and bird audio analysis.

Family Birding Weekend, May 6 – 7

Saturday, May 6, 1-4 pm: Bird Behavior and Sound Mapping

Looking to connect more deeply with birds you see daily? This workshop will include two of the practices we teach at White Pine – the bird sit and sound mapping. Together, these tools help us tune in more closely with the habits, patterns, and sounds of the birds. Participants will leave with new ways to observe their avian neighbors that will be useful in the practice of bird watching.

This workshop is designed for interested teens and adults.

Location: York Land Trust Headquarters, 1 Long Neck Marsh Road, York

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Saturday, May 6, 1-4 pm: Feathered Friends
Junior Birders Workshop

Chickadees, hawks, warblers, blue jays and many more species call Highland Farms home. During this fun afternoon designed for junior birders, we’ll seek out a variety of habitats and practice our fox-walking to get a better look at our feathered friends. We’ll play bird-themed games, explore the beaver pond and find a few quiet moments for “sit spot”.

This workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 15.

Location: Highland Farms, 321 Cider Hill Rd, York

Saturday, May 6, 6-8 pm: Community Peck (Supper)

Experience pizza like never before – by the beautiful York River, cooked in a wood-powered oven lit through friction fire.  Join us for this delicious dinner, followed by fireside storytelling, at one of our favorite locations at the farm.  Sharing meals is one of our favorite activities to bring community together.  We hope you’ll join us!

Location: Zach’s Farm, 7 Colby Turner Lane York

Saturday, May 6, 5 pm: Sunday, May 7, 9 am
Birders Bivouac Overnight

Biv·ou·ac – a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.

At White Pine, we love nothing more than a full day, followed by a night of sleeping under the stars. During this community camp out for all ages, we invite individuals and families to take part in this tradition after our Community Peck. This exclusive opportunity to camp by the river at Zach’s Farm will be a fun-filled evening, with the chance to wake up to the birds and sounds of the river. We’ll have an early morning bird sit, followed by breakfast over the fire before sending participants off for the day. (PS: tents are welcome!)

Location:  Zach’s Farm, 7 Colby Turner Lane York, Maine.

Join for one event or for the whole weekend!

While we want the fun of birding to be available to everyone, we still have to pay our staff. We have priced each of these events as carefully as possible to cover our costs. 

Below are the suggested donation amounts for each event.  Pre-registration for these programs is required. Click here to register now!

Full Weekend, includes Saturday workshop (and children’s events for families), dinner and campout.

$100.00 – Individual

$200.00 – Group / Family (up to 5 people)

Saturday Bird Study & Sound Mapping Workshop at York Land Trust Headquarters

$50.00 – Individual

Saturday Youth Birding Workshop at Highland Farms (ages 5 – 15)

$15.00 per child

Community Peck Pizza Dinner at Zach’s Farm

$10.00 – Child, under 15

$20.00 – Teens (15+) and Adults

Camping at Zach’s Farm, includes breakfast

$30.00 – Individual 

$100.00 – Family Camping (up to 5 people)

Register Today!

Please call our office if you have any questions or have trouble with registration!