Wilson's Warbler


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River Rise Farm – Turner

Another nice walk this morning and for most of the time it was comfortable with a cloudy cover. Just before we ended the sun shone brightly and Read More...


Thorncrag Nature Week

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 450 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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May 5: Annual Wildflower Walk and Plant Sale

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary Annual Wildflower Walk and Plant Sale May 5th 1-3 pm Wildflower Walk: starts at 1pm Led by Master Naturalists Penny Jessop and Christine Murray Meet in the Read More...


Nighthawk Migration

[caption id="attachment_2702" align="alignleft" width="425"] Common Nighthawk in Flight[/caption] Keep your eyes on the sky in late afternoon; Nighthawks are in migration. They have long-ish swept back Read More...
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SBC Member David Footer on the cover of L A Magazine