The Kennebec Land Trust recently announced the dates and speakers for its 15th annual March Lyceum lecture series. This year’s program is Maine Birds from Katahdin to Merrymeeting Bay … and Everywhere Else in Between.

All three March programs are free and held at the Ladd Recreation Center in Wayne.

Maine Birds and Their Habitats is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16.

Ron Joseph, retired wildlife biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will focus on bird species and their habitats across Maine, bird conservation, breeding bird surveys, and birding areas in Maine.

Conservation and Management of Woodcock, Waterfowl and Grouse will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

Kelsey Sullivan, wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will address trends in waterfowl, grouse and woodcock populations, inter-agency cooperation on waterfowl and woodcock conservation and management, and the life histories of woodcock, waterfowl and grouse.

Northern Goshawks in the Northeast: Natural History and Conservation is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

David Brinker, regional ecologist, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program, will provide an overview of northern goshawk, natural history and ecology, habitat preferences and use, population trends and conservation issues.

2017 Spring Lyceum Bird Walks lead by Glenn Hodgkins, KLT advisory board and member, Augusta Birding Club, is set for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at KLT’s Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Benson Road, Manchester.

Participants can see migratory and breeding birds as they explore the Hutchinson Pond trails through fields and woods, wetlands and along the Pond. Potential breeding birds include various warblers, alder flycatcher, wood duck, yellow-bellied sapsucker and blue-headed vireo.

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A Torsey Pond Nature Preserve outing is scheduled for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the preserve on Route 41 in Readfield.

This outing will be an easy walk to look for breeding birds in the woods and for wetland birds at the duck blind. Ninety-nine species of birds have been documented at the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve, potential sightings include Virginia rails, swamp sparrows, sandhill cranes, hermit thrush, scarlet tanagers and various warblers. For more information, visit

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