Kennebec Estuary Land Trust invites birders of all abilities for an exclusive visit at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, to the land trust’s newest preserve, Red Rose Preserve in Bowdoinham.

The event will be led by the trust’s Volunteer Bird Monitoring Program coordinator, Anna Christie-Carnicella, participants will travel through the forested portion of the preserve to access the two hayfields, observing grassland bird behavior in action. KELT’s newest preserve boasts nesting eastern bobolinks in its two hayfields.

This free event will be held light rain or shine. Group size is limited so registration is required. Directions and details will be emailed to registrants leading up to the event.

At 45 acres, Red Rose Preserve was protected in fall 2018 and is in the process of trail planning, with construction scheduled to take place this upcoming summer. The property, a former dairy farm, includes the two hayfields, as well as supporting mixed forest with a perennial stream, as well as some scrub-shrub habitat.

The hike will traverse the woodland and is off-trail. Participants should be prepared for traversing uneven ground and walking up to 2 miles off-trail. Birders should wear footwear that can get muddy and bring a pair of binoculars.

To register, visit kennebecestuary.org or call 442-8400.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains 12 preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 3,700-plus acres of land since founding in 1989. For more information, visit kennebecestuary.org or call 442-8400.

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