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First Mondays of the month (plus a few bonus dates) throughout 2012
Hampered by hawks? Stumped on sparrows? Flummoxed by flycatchers? The Better Birding lecture series will solve your avian anxieties. With slides, videos, humor and exuberance, Bryan will offer his secrets and easygoing approaches to birdwatching enjoyment ... and enlightenment. Two workshops for beginners will be free. Here's the complete course list.

Location: First Baptist Church of Montpelier, a block down School Street from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Here's a map.
Fee: $10 per session.

  - September 22–25, 2012 OR
  - September 28–October 1, 2012
Off the coast of Maine, Monhegan Island is one of the nation's most stunning places. This tiny island (with no cars) is a premier spot for fall migration. During this four-day outing we'll see everything from falcons to warblers, from migrating monarchs to lounging harbor seals, not to mention a rugged coast with ocean cliffs. Highlights from our prior trips to Monhegan ranged from Clay-colored Sparrow to Dickcissel, from Northern Fulmar to Yellow-headed Blackbird. Here are more details on the Monhegan trips.

Location: Off Maine's Midcoast near Rockland

Prices: The fee includes ferry transportation from Port Clyde, Maine, dockside parking, lodging (three nights), full breakfasts, a family-style buffet supper one night, a lobster bake another night, a wine-and-cheese event, snacks, relaxation, peace of mind and tons of birds.
   - Single Occupancy - $685 per person
   - Double Occupancy - $650 per person

November 3-4, 2012
Early November is primetime for east coast rarities along the coast of Maine. Our exploits south of Portland over the past several years have turned such oddballs as Pacific Loon, Western Grebe, American Avocet, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Western Kingbird, Black-throated Gray Warbler and Grasshopper Sparrow, just to name a few. And that list doesn't include the usual suspects, including Harlequin Duck (pictured to the right), Red-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Purple Sandpiper and Lapland Longspur. This has become one of Bryan's favorite outings. Expect to be busy with birds.

Location: Scarborough, Maine and environs
Fee: $195

(includes one night's lodging, birder's breakfast and snacks)

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