Friends of Merrymeeting open winter lecture series

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Culture

Friends of Merrymeeting open winter lecture series

BATH -- Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will open their 16th annual winter speaker series with a discussion by Larry Barnes, master falconer.  The program, “Falconry: Sport of Kings”, will also feature a live Peregrine falcon.  It will be held at Bath City Hall on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room.

In birds of prey, nature and evolution created a highly refined predator. If you're not actually harvesting game, putting game up under your bird every day, then you really aren't practicing falconry. You're keeping a hawk and you're keeping it from doing what it's born to do. A hawk is always going to be a wild animal. Falconers build trust and fidelity with their birds. Larry shares this experience with the peregrine – the dynamic of life, death and survival in the wild. 

Barnes is a midcoast native and realtor. The active conservationist is on the Board of the Wiscasset Conservation Commission, represents the Phippsburg Sportsman's Association on the Board of the Phippsburg Land Trust, is a member of the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce and other state and local organizations. Larry practices this ancient art along with only nine others in Maine, one that few know still exists in America.

The FOMB Winter Speaker Series takes place monthly from October-May on the second Wednesday. The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay with support and valuable door prizes from Patagonia Outlet in Freeport. The next FOMB presentation on November 14th at the Bowdoinham Town Office Building entitled The Craft, Art & Collection of Waterfowl Decoys features Zachery Cote, assistant auction manager, gallery manager and New England representative for Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter, Auctioneers.

 To receive more information on FOMB’s programs call Ed Friedman, Chair, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, at 666-3372 or Full speaker schedule and speaker biographies are available on the web at

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