Update – May 31st 2016

Hi all,


The annual Boardwalk auction on May 21st was a success!  We made $4,623.62.  Thanks to all the Campaign Committee members who planned, organized, and helped with the auction.  They are Kourtney Collum, Jen and Cason Snow, Cindy Mehnert, Judy Round, Donna and Gerry Dwyer, Jerry Longcore, and Jim Bird.  Thank you to the great set-up crew:  all of the above plus Mary Bird, Becky Van Beneden, Bob Cashon, Chris and Casey Wilkins, and Norah and Will St. Peter (let me know if I’ve missed someone).  Thanks to our auctioneer John Cheney who did a great job.  Thanks to Juan Condori and Ellie May Shufro, “Village to Village”, who provided wonderful music. And last but not least thanks to Sharon Fitzgerald who led the effort (with help from the Friday Fiber Friends) to restore the antique quilt that we raffled at the auction.


On Saturday, June 4th from 7:30-9am, local area birders Paul Markson and Gloria Volmers will lead a bird walk at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  Please e-mail jim.bird@umit.maine.edu if you would like to join Paul and Gloria on what should be an excellent bird walk.


World Wide Knit in Public Day (http://www.wwkipday.com/) is on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm at the cabin area.  Rain date is Sunday June 19th.  Bring your knitting, lunch, and a folding chair and have a great day of knitting and friendship.  We’ll put up a canopy for shade.  Contact Mary.Bird@umit.maine.edu for more information.


Christa Schwintzer will be leading a nature walk on plant adaptations to the bog environment on Saturday, June 25th at 9am.  Meet at the cabin area.  Please e-mail jim.bird@umit.maine.edu if you would like to join Christa on this always popular walk.


Ron Davis’s wonderful new book “Bogs & Fens” will be available for sale at the Boardwalk starting this Wednesday.  The price is $24.95.  We are planning a book signing at the Boardwalk cabin area on June 25th at 11am.  For docents:  Those writing checks for purchase – the checks should be made out to University of Maine with Boardwalk on the memo line.  All other checks (other sales, donations, etc.) should be made out to the University of Maine Foundation with Boardwalk campaign on the memo line.


University of Maine Professor Brian Olsen led a bird walk from the Tripp Drive parking lot and onto the Boardwalk on Saturday, May 21st.  The particpants on the walk heard and/or saw 33 species including a new species for the Boardwalk:  Eastern Kingbird!  The Eastern Kingbird was seen in the open after Station 4.  Also seen was a Gray Jay, only the third time Boardwalk volunteers had seen this bird.  The Gray Jay was seen in the open between Stations 6 & 7.  Other birds seen and/or heard were Mourning Dove, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and American Goldfinch.  It was a great 2 hours of birding at the Boardwalk.  Thanks Brian!!


Thanks to Phil Locke and Karl Hill for all the clean-up work on the interior of the cabin.  The new shelves are great!