Fringed Gentian at Thorncrag Robin at nest feeding chicks Bohemian Waxwing Loon shaking water from its bill Common Loon with chick



Field Trip Results

Bates Bird Walk I

Results of Bates-to-Riverside Cemetery Birdwalk I, Tuesday April 25, 2017, 6:00 - 7:45 AM, 39 degrees F., clear, calm. This is our 30th year of doing Read More...


Jonathan Y. "Uncle Johnny" Stanton

Jonathan Y. “Uncle Johnny” Stanton

The Stanton Bird Club was founded in 1919 and named in honor of Dr. Jonathan Y. Stanton, a professor at Bates College in Lewiston. “Uncle Johnny” was much beloved on the Bates College campus.  Among other subjects, he taught ornithology and took Bates students on bird outings.  When the Club was organized in 1919 it was just after Stanton’s death, and so it was named in his honor.

Over the years, a number of parcels of land were donated to the Club. These donations have grown to encompass 372 acres, known as the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, in the heart of Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city.

The Club also owns and manages the 401 acre Woodbury Bird Sanctuary in Monmouth.

The Club is made up of people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, but they all share a love of nature in general, and birds in particular. Today there are some 300 club members, including about 20 Junior Naturalists. A Board of Directors oversees the Club’s finances and activities, both of which have grown tremendously in the last decade.

Although almost all of the Stanton Bird Club’s activities are free of charge, membership is encouraged because dues help finance stewardship programs at Thorncrag and educational programs of the Junior Naturalists, as well as help fund the Club’s two other sanctuaries.  To join, visit the Membership page or click Donate Now

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Bates Bird Walks Start Tuesday, April 25

The first of the five spring Bates Bird Walks start next Tuesday. Meet at Hathorn Hall on the Bates campus at 6:00am. These trips will Read More...


Birding App Testers Needed

Would you like to test and give feedback on a new app to help learn your birds? Then read this letter from Chris Duke: I am Read More...
david footer magazine cover

SBC Member David Footer on the cover of L A Magazine