Monthly Archives: April 2019

Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library will co-host a presentation titled “Lessons from Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center: A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine,” with Laura Suomi-Lecker, on May 7th at 6:30pm at the Belfast Free Library. Laura will discuss common reasons why birds are admitted to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom and what public citizens can do to help our local birds.  Recent cases of Avian Haven will be highlighted, including injured eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds.

Laura Suomi-Lecker is the education and outreach coordinator and long-time volunteer with Avian Haven and also the Technical Director at Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District where she does a variety of bird-related programs. For more information on Avian Haven, visit

This event will take place in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 207-338-3884, ext.10. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island visit

Photo caption: This barred owl is a recent intake at Avian Haven. This owl from Pittston arrived on December 7, with a broken tibiotarsus that was surgically pinned by Dr. Neville. All pins have since been removed and owl is flying and eating well.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Avian Haven

Earth Day Program for Kids

Sears Island Western Shore

Sorry, the program is now full! If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please complete the registration form and we will contact you if space becomes available.

Friends of Sears Island will host a stewardship-themed program for children in celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, from 4:00-5:30pm on Sears Island. Through hands-on activities and games, participating kids will learn what it means to be a steward of the environment and leave with ideas about actions they can take in their everyday lives to help the earth. Samantha Langlois will also share about the Plastic Challenge happening in our community this month, and the program will culminate in a beach clean-up. This free program is for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult. To participate, advance registration is required as space and materials are limited. Please register at:

This event is part of Friends of Sears Island’s “Science Squad,” an after-school program involving children as scientists, explorers, and stewards of their environment. Sears Island is located on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 4:00pm. No pets are permitted at public programs. In the event of inclement weather, this program will have a rain date of April 24th.