Monthly Archives: December 2016

Birding Knight’s Pond Preserve

maine, nature, travel, birding

Knight’s Pond has been a staple of my childhood since my family moved back to Southern Maine when I was 12. Shallow, with an outcropping of marsh vegetation in the center, Knight’s Pond freezes into the perfect skating pond every winter. Why have I never liked rink skating? Because swooshing perfect loops around Knight’s Pond was always […]

It’s that time of year again! The annual Christmas bird counts have nearly begun.

In the 1800’s, Americans would celebrate the Christmas holiday by heading to the fields and woods with their guns, killing as many  birds as they possibly could in order to “win” the competition with their friends and neighbors. You can imagine the toll the hunting took on local avian populations; as a result, in 1900 […]