Lincolnville Community Library will welcome Walter Simmons of Duck Trap Decoys for a presentation about his seabird restoration decoys Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

In the late 1980s, Simmons signed on to carve Atlantic Puffins for Stephen Kress’ nesting restoration work with the Audubon Puffin Project on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Gulf of Maine. More recently, he has been carving various species of terns for projects around the world including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the South Pacific.

In 1972, Simmons opened his Lincolnville boatbuilding shop. Although well known for his famous wherries, his shop also serves as the studio for the carving and painting of decorative decoys, as well as functional and hunting decoys. Simmons began carving decoys as a young boy and has authored a number of books on both boatbuilding and bird decoy carving.

This is a free program at the Lincolnville Community Library, located at 208 Main St./routes 52/173 in Lincolnville Center. For more information, call 706-3896 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or