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Wings, Waves, & Woods returns to Deer Isle

May 10, 2010

Birders and art fans are invited to Deer Isle for the fourth annual Wings, Waves, & Woods, May 21-23. The festival, timed to coincide with early migration, is sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, and a brochure detailing the event can be downloaded from its website.

Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail, author of Maine Birding Trail, and a Maine Audubon trip leader for more than 20 years,  is this year’s special guest.

The festival opens with a reception Friday evening at the Pearson Legacy Gallery  showcasing bird-related artwork by more than 40 artists.

On Saturday and Sunday, experts will lead walks (free, donations appreciated), guide boat trips (fee), and give presentations and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling:

Warbler Walk, Settlement Quarry Preserve

Scotts Landing Bird Walk

Birding by Kayak, kayaks provided, $60

Nesting Eagles and Their Neighbors, Causeway Beach

Introduction to Birding

Puffins & Pelagics, cruise to Seal Island with Bob Duschesne, $60

Create Birdbaths & Planters, $35

Birdhouse Building for Kids, $5 includes materials and snack

Studio Demo & Tour (with the mega-talented Missy Greene and Eric Ziner)

Birding Identification Made Easy, Bob Duschesne

Lily Pond Walk

Found Objects Sculptures, demonstration, with Peter Beerits at Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies (one of my all-time favorite places)

Local Foods Chowder Supper will be available on Saturday night (seating limited; $12).

Where to stay: There are some wonderful accommodations available on Deer Isle. My favorite is the aptly named Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington. Both the Pilgrim’s Inn and The Inn at Ferry Landing are lovely B&Bs in Deer Isle. To really get in the spirit of the birding weekend, book a cabin at the oceanfront Goose Cove Resort, in Sunset, which borders the Barred Island Preserve. On a budget? Boyce’s Motel, in downtown Stonington, has clean rooms, some with kitchenettes. For dirt cheap accommodations, book a bunk at the rustic-bordering-on-primitive Deer Isle Hostel.

Puffins, warblers, and eagles, oh my!

April 29, 2009

wingswaveswoods2009Deer Isle is going to the birds. The third annual Wings, Waves & Woods festival of birding and art, sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, is coming up May 15-17.

Avian-centered events include Introduction to Birding, Warbler Walk, Nesting Eagles and their Neighbors, Puffin Boat Trip to Seal Island, Birding by Ear, and Found-Object Sculpture. Most events are free; boat trips range from $13 to $60 per person (reservations required for some).

On Saturday night, the Local Foods Chowder Supper highlights Dick Bridges’ fish chowder, along with homemade biscuits, Nervous Nellie’s jams and chutneys, fresh green salad, and the Ice Cream Lady’s homemade treat. A delicious feed, limited to 80 people, and costing $12 for the whole shebang.

Plan now to snag boat and supper seats. Need lodging, here’s a list. My faves include Boyce’s Motel for cheap sleeps, Inn on the Harbor for best location, Pilgrim’s Inn for country inn style, The Inn at Ferry Landing for a quiet B&B. Be sure to check any specials.