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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 10, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 10, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, May 10, 2018
Wings, Waves and Woods: Walks, talks, dinner and art to highlight annual birding festival

Wings, Waves, and Woods

Birders look to the sky during a previous Wings, Waves and Woods event. This year, the event is scheduled from May 18 to May 20 and features bird watching, scenic boat rides around the island and dinners and talks at various locations.

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by Monique Labbe

Birding, nature and outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to Island Heritage Trust’s annual Wings, Waves, Woods event in Deer Isle and Stonington, scheduled from May 18 to May 20.

The weekend-long event features bird watching, scenic boat rides around the island and dinners and talks at various locations.

A new event at Settlement Quarry in Stonington will kick off the weekend on Friday, as Ann Hooke is scheduled to provide an historical account of the location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hooke will discuss the geologic, human, cultural and natural history while walking around the site. The session also includes a “bring your own” picnic lunch.

Other events throughout the day on Friday include a 50-minute boat trip to Swan’s Island for a guided walk on Hockamock Head, a demonstration by sculptor Peter Beerits and a dinner and birding talk at the Whale’s Rib Tavern.

An early morning bird walk with Bonnie Bochan and Bob Duchene at Pressey Village will kick off Saturday’s events from 7 to 9 a.m. Birds expected to be seen regularly during the walk include the Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak and warblers.

Three new events are on the schedule for Saturday as well, including a Shore Acres walk with Gordon Russell and Jane Rosinski, shorebirds at Island Heritage Trust’s Reach Beach, and a Birders BBQ at Inn on the Harbor in Stonington.

Mike and Dawn Little are scheduled to lead a walking tour at 7 a.m. at Mariners Memorial Park to open the final day of events on Sunday. Also at the park that morning is a Birding for Kids event, scheduled for 10 a.m. The Littles will lead the children through the park to search for the birds and see just how many different birds they can hear. Children are invited to bring their own binoculars, but some will be provided as well.

Other events scheduled for Sunday include a trip aboard the Isle au Haut mail boat to Seal Island and a wildflowers and herbs walk and talk at Scott’s Landing, led by Brighid Doherty.

The full schedule of events is available at

Editor’s Note: This story was edited 5/11 to correct the dates of the event.