Dr. Stephen Kress to lead bird walk June 3

Posted:  Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 8:30am

Ornithologist Steve Kress, known affectionately as the “Puffin Man,” will conduct a bird walk in the fields of Inn Along the Way at Chapman Farm, 741 Main Street in Damariscotta, on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 7 a.m. The walk is open to all at no charge.

Kress is director of the Seabird Restoration Program (Puffin Project) and vice president for bird conservation of the National Audubon Society. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also the author of numerous books, including "The Audubon Guide to Attracting Birds," "The National Audubon Society's Birder's Handbook," "The Bird Garden," "Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock," "Saving Birds," "Golden Guide to Bird Life" and others.

Formerly home to nine generations of the Chapman family and purchased by the nonprofit group Inn Along the Way in 2015, Chapman Farm consists of 31 acres of rolling fields and a small pond. The land is surrounded by many acres of forest, providing for a varied habitat for a diversity of bird species.

At Chapman Farm, Inn Along the Way is in the process of creating a collaborative community offering older adults, and those seeking temporary relief from the responsibilities of caregiving, an environment of support, purpose, and sustainability in a multigenerational and mutually interdependent setting. The nonprofit organization is currently raising funds for its first phase, which will transform the original farmhouse into a small inn with a café and community rooms, offering overnight accommodations to the general public, as well as those seeking respite. For more information, readers can visit the website, innalongtheway.org.