High Peaks Alliance will lead a birding hike Friday, July 8, on Mount Abraham in West Kingfield. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Tranten’s Grocery store in Kingfield and carpool into West Kingfield to Rapid Stream Road to the trailhead, about a 15-minute drive on pavement and gravel road.

“If past birding in this area is any indication we should be hearing, seeing and identifying dozens of species of birds, everything from the Bicknell’s and Swainson’s Thrushes, to the Black Throated Green and Blackpoll Warblers,” said High Peaks Alliance Board Member and Wilderness Society Ecologist Peter McKinley, in a news release from the alliance. Even without the bird life, there is plenty to see and talk about in this unobstructed scenery of the high peaks above treeline.

McKinley and Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps member Dylan Cookson will lead the hike, rain or shine. The event is free and welcomes all levels of birders. Participants should bring binoculars, wear sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch and snacks, rain gear, and a good insulating layer such as a fleece jacket, sunscreen and DEET-based repellents.

The adventure will be eight and a half mile round trip and take up the better part of the day. The terrain includes some moderately steep uphill sections of trail and a little uneven walking in places.

For more information, call 416-4952. For information about the trail, visit highpeaksalliance.org.


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