Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host a spring bird walk in Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville on May 16. Cloe Chunn of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Kristen Lindquist, development director for the land trust, will lead the walk, which is free and open to the public. Because of the anticipated group size, Chunn will hit the trail with the “early birds” at 6 a.m., and Lindquist will follow behind with a group at 6:30 a.m.

Birders of all levels are welcome on this outing in search of spring migrants, particularly warblers and finches. The combination of riparian and various forest habitats along a 1-mile stretch of the trail promises good viewing opportunities, from winter wren and waterthrushes along the river, to Blackburnian warbler and barred owl in the mature hemlock grove.

Bring binoculars; bug repellent is highly recommended. While the trail is easy-going, be prepared for muddy terrain. This event will take place even in light rain. Participants should meet on the north side of Route 52 where it crosses Ducktrap River, about 3.5 miles north of Lincolnville Center. Ducktrap River Preserve is part of Coastal Mountain Land Trust’s system of conservation lands, protecting natural and scenic resources in western Penobscot Bay.

This walk coincides with a series of bird outings featured as part of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Bird Week. For more information on Bird Week visit belfastbaywatershed.org.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay. The land trust has protected more than 9,000 acres to date, including more than 1,200 acres in the Ducktrap River Watershed. For more information about this event, the land trust or Ducktrap River Preserve, call 236-7091 or visit coastalmountains.org.