Disney Conservation Hero, Susan Schubel, will lead a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, August 14 rain or shine, at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach Park. Families and all ages are invited to come learn about seabirds through indoor and outdoor activities. Participants will have fun becoming an expert on five different Maine birds with “Be a Bird Mystery Boxes”. The workshop is free, but donations are welcome. Participants must pay the Town’s admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park.

In 2008, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund selected Schubel as one of eleven Disney Conservation Heroes from applications submitted by environmental organizations around the world. Schubel was chosen for her work as Outreach Educator for Project Puffin. Known locally to thousands of Maine children as “Seabird Sue,” Schubel has been bringing hands-on activities to children in mid-coast Maine schools since 1998. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, she brings both extensive experience as a field biologist and her skills as an artist to Maine classrooms. An innovative educator, she has introduced more than 10,000 students to Maine’s rich ecology and Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program through a wide variety of activities. Schubel also has served as a caretaker of Audubon’s Hog Island Camp, which has been educating adults, children, and families about coastal wildlife in Maine and beyond for over 70 years.

Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center is a collaboration between the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission and the Pemaquid Watershed Association, a volunteer-based, membership-supported non-profit organization that has been conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula since 1966. To reach the Center from Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Rte 130) about 12 miles. Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Fairwinds Marina) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park. Workshop participants should gather in the community room on the right side of the Park pavilion building.

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