Membership and Chapter Relations Coordinator

Posted on: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization headquartered in Falmouth, Maine with state-wide presence and influence. Our focus on science based research, practical solutions to complex problems, and a profound respect for wildlife and wildlife habitat positions us at the nexus of Maine’s environmental community. As part of the Advancement and Communications team, the Membership and Chapter Relations Coordinator is responsible for membership recruitment, retention, and stewardship. This position also builds and solidifies Maine Audubon’s vital relationship with its chapter organizations through outreach, efficient communications, and central office services.

Essential and Specific Functions
Recruit, retain, and steward Maine Audubon members.

  • Set goals and implement strategies to maintain and increase membership giving.
  • Manage the integrity, maintenance, upkeep, and accuracy of membership data in The Raiser’s Edge, including import/export, data entry, report generation, mail merge, and spreadsheet functions.
  • Prepare membership budgets and monitor revenue and expenses.
  • Manage new member recruitment activities, membership retention strategies, and activities for stewarding members.
  • Develop marketing materials and promotional literature to support membership goals and strategies.
  • Collaborate with registration and online communications staff to maximize membership incentives and support growth strategies.
  • Support and collaborate with nature store, program staff, and remote sites in member recruitment activities.
  • Oversee magazine subscription and incoming national member information with National Audubon.
  • Support and collaborate with nature store, program staff, and remote sites in recruitment activities.
  • Identify key outreach opportunities to both support membership goals, but also to assist in enhancing the public profile, image and reputation of the organization.

Maintain, manage, and enhance Maine Audubon’s relationship with its chapters.

  • Recommend and set strategic priorities and next steps in the on-going development and maintenance of chapter relations.
  • Oversee membership information for chapter leaders.  Work with chapters to improve member recruitment/retention.
  • Provide membership support to chapters including:  monthly chapter reports, quarterly dues share.  Work collaboratively with chapter leaders to promote membership.
  • Plan and oversee periodic meetings, throughout the state, with Maine Audubon board representative, senior staff, and chapter leaders.
  • Facilitate regular information exchanges, e.g. email updates, newsletter distribution, conference calls, etc… between Maine Audubon and chapter representatives.
  • Provide, where possible, support functions for chapter initiatives and programs.
  • Field and direct inquiries, questions, and issues from chapters to the appropriate staff for resolution.

Perform other duties as assigned.

General Expectations
As part of the Advancement team, the Membership and Chapter Relations Coordinator will actively participate in strategy development, support Maine Audubon’s commitment to growing our constituent base, and share our goal of increasing public awareness of our mission. As the sole membership resource for the organization this position will work collaboratively across the entire organization to flexibly respond to needs and requests.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus relevant professional experience in non-profit membership and advancement roles.
  • A history of operating in a dynamic and fluid professional environment.
  • Experience dealing with natural resources issues in a non-profit organization.
  • Marketing and sales instincts.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication abilities.
  • Developed research, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Willingness to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Ability to manage and document details in order to maintain complete and accurate electronic and paper files.
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to, MS Word mail merges and MS Excel spreadsheet manipulation.
  • Experience with The Raiser’s Edge.

Physical Requirements
Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel.

To apply please email your cover letter and resume as one document in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject heading “Membership/Chapter Coordinator Search”.

 Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

In the Community – January 2014 – Women in Harmony, Project SNOWstorm, Volunteer for Merrymeeting Audubon Chapter

Posted on: Monday, January 13th, 2014

Women in Harmony – All One Planet – download poster!

Live music and chorus: This month Women in Harmony, A Chorus of Women’s Voices presents the winter concert All One Planet on January 25-26 at the Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland, Maine.

All One Planet will be a concert of choral music about the environment – both its beauty and our collective responsibility to care for it. The pieces on the program range from contemplative to energetic and from serious to funny. They include such titles as Bound By the Beauty, Cosmic Stew, I Need to Wake Up, Big Yellow Taxi, Compost, and The Earth is Singing My Name. As always, we will feature music by women artists, composers and arrangers, including Joan Szymko, Ruth Huber, Eleanor Daley, and our accompanist, Deana Ingraham Gurney. Learn more and buy tickets online »


Did you know: Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox is a contributing author at Maine eBird. In a recent Maine eBird post Doug highlights Project SNOWstorm which is a collaborative research effort whose goal is to better understand, and ultimately conserve, this spectacular visitor from the north. Learn more about Project SNOWstorm »

Volunteer Opportunities with Merrymeeting Audubon: This Maine Audubon chapter is seeking volunteers to help with the following: Seeking Newsletter Editor for The Call, this printed newsletter is published three times a year; The chapter has a robust scholarship program which provides scholarships to students in local schools to attend camps which include environmental education in their programs. This committee is seeking one or two new members – learn more.



Rare Bird Alert – November 23 – 29, 2013

Posted on: Friday, December 13th, 2013

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • King Eider
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Lark Sparrow

York County
A hen KING EIDER was seen off Seapoint Beach in Kittery on the afternoon of the 23rd.

On the 25th, a LARK SPARROW was reported from the Old Orchard Beach Transfer Station.

Greater Portland
A SNOWY OWL was perched atop one of the hunting blinds in the Scarborough Marsh, visible from the end of Seavey’s Landing Road in Scarborough on the 23rd.

On the 24th, a deceased SNOWY OWL was found along the Cliff Walk at Prouts Neck in Scarborough.

A late AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was reported from Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg on the 23rd.

On the 28th, two SNOWY OWLS were seen on island in the mouth of the Kennebec River. One was atop North Sugarloaf Island and the other on South Sugarloaf Island.

Penobscot Bay
A SNOWY OWL was photographed along the runways of the Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head on the 26th.

Central Maine
Since November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Rte 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). The bird does not seem to be entirely reliable at this location but was still being reported there as of November 26th.

Western Mountains
A SNOWY OWL was reported early in the week from the top of Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley.

Rare Bird Alert – November 9 – 15, 2013

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Yellow-breasted Chat by Doug Hitchcox 2011

Yellow-breasted Chat by Doug Hitchcox 2011

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Little Gull
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee:

York County
A CACKLING GOOSE was reported with a flock of CANADA GEESE loafing in the ocean off Lord’s Point in Kennebunk on the 10th.

On the 11th, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at the South Point Preserve at Biddeford Pool.

Greater Portland
An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued at the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough through the 10th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen flying over Bradley Street in Portland on the 13th.

On the 15th, a WILSON’S WARBLER was found along the Eastern Promenade path in Portland.

A late CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was photographed at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on the 10th.

Also pretty late, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was on McAlister Farm Road off Riverside Street in Portland on the 11th.

A late PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Seawall Beach in Phippsburg on the 10th.

Central Maine
Beginning on November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was being seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Rte 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). The owl was present until the 14th, not seen all day on the 15th, but reappeared on the afternoon of the 16th.

On the 10th, a first-winter LITTLE GULL was seen from the end of the Eastport Breakwater. At the time, several hundred BONAPARTE’S GULLS were flying in the channel between Eastport and Campobello.

Northern Maine
A young drake EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at Long Lake in Sinclair on the 9th.

Rare Bird Alert – November 2 – 8, 2013

Posted on: Monday, November 11th, 2013

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Barnacle Goose+
  • Eastern Screech-Owl+
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • ‘Audubon’s’ Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Clay-colored Sparrow

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee:

York County
The ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continued to be seen at Fort Foster in Kittery as of the 3rd. A late PRAIRIE WARBLER was also seen here on the 3rd.

Continuing from October 28th, a young GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued along Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick through the week.

On the 5th, a SNOW GOOSE was found at Rockin’ Horse Stables on Arundel Road in Kennebunkport. This bird was still being seen here on the 7th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Timber Point, off Granite Point Road in Biddeford, on the 3rd.

The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER on the 2nd.

Greater Portland
The adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE that had been seen around Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook last week has relocated with a SNOW GOOSE to the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough. The bird is often seen on the course’s fields or pond, which is best viewed from the Eastern Trail.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the Eastern Promenade in Portland on the 3rd.

On the 8th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was photographed along Sawyer Road in South Portland.

A late EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was photographed at Bailey Island in Harpswell on the 2nd.

On the evening of the 4th, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported calling from the Quaker Point area in West Bath.

Northern Maine
On the 6th, a CACKLING GOOSE was with 300+ CANADA GEESE across the road from the Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along Foxhill Road in Portage on the 6th and continued through the end of the week.

A late report was received of a BARNACLE GOOSE photographed on October 29th in Limestone.

Rare Bird Alert – October 19 – 25, 2013

Posted on: Monday, October 28th, 2013

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Pink-footed Goose+
  • Cackling Goose
  • Iceland Gull
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher+
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Bell’s Vireo+
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Blue Grosbeak

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee:

York County
On the 23rd, a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen throughout the day around Biddeford Pool. The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the 23rd.

Greater Portland
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth on the 21st. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER from the 21st was seen along the Eastern Promenade in Portland. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported coming to private feeders in Casco on the 24th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
On the 21st, a LONG-EARED OWL was reported from a yard in East Winthrop, along Cobbosecontee Lake.
The Viles Arboretum, off Hospital Street in Augusta, hosted a BLUE GROSBEAK early this week.

On the 19th, a WHITE-EYED VIREO was found at Head Beach in Phippsburg. This bird was still being seen along the east end of the beach on a thickly vegetated slope on the 23rd. A BELL’S VIREO was found along Abner Point on Bailey’s Island in Harpswell on the 22nd. This represents the fourth or fifth record of this species in the state.

In South Harpswell, a LARK SPARROW was photographed in a neighborhood “past the Lobster House but before Potts Point Road” on the 22nd.

Noteworthy species from Monhegan Island this week included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on the 19th and a photographed ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER on the 21st.

Penobscot Bay
An ICELAND GULL was found at the end of Lobster Lane in Owls Head on the 22nd.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported from the Ingersoll Point Preserve in Addison on the 23rd. It was seen at the intersection of the Alder Woods Trail and the Beach Trail on the northeastern point of the preserve. This bird was still being seen here on the 25th.

Western Mountains
There was a late report, from the 16th, of a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE on a forested mountainside near Claybrook Lodge in Highland Plantation.

Northern Maine
Maine’s fifth PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was photographed at Collins Pond in Caribou on the 19th. This bird was not relocated in the following days.

On the 21st, a CACKLING GOOSE was found with 1,100 CANADA GEESE at the mill pond in Limestone.

Trip Report: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay

Posted on: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Our 44th annual bald eagle trip on September 21, 2013 set a new record for total number (66) of bald eagles sighted! The boat was full of eager birders and the day was nice with a foggy ending, though we were told by some guests who know Southport that it always gets foggy around Southport no matter what it’s like in the harbor or up river!

The trip route was out of Boothbay Harbor and up the Kennebec River into Merrymeeting Bay.  We followed the river past Swan Island to Richmond where we turned around back to Bath to the Sasanoa River back to Boothbay via the north side of Southport.  We stopped counting birds on the way back from Richmond and started again when we were on the Sasanoa River.

27 species total were sighted and the full species list is below the photos. Follow the links below for some awesome bald eagle photos from two of our guests (if you have some leave us a link in the comments, or send it via email and we will update):


  • Canada Goose  32
  • Common Eider  60
  • White-winged Scoter  2
  • Common Loon  4
  • Northern Gannet  5  (Out of Boothbay Harbor)
  • Double-crested Cormorant  40
  • Great Blue Heron  4
  • Snowy Egret  1
  • Turkey Vulture  17
  • Osprey  7
  • Northern Harrier  2
  • Bald Eagle  66  (First Eagle was in Kennebec River in Sagadahoc County  Did not count numbers of mature and immatures but there were more immatures – mostly 2&3 year)
  • Broad-winged Hawk  1
  • Red-tailed Hawk  1 (Kennebec River)
  • Spotted Sandpiper  1
  • Greater Yellowlegs  8
  • Black Guillemot  3 (Coming out of Boothbay Harbor)
  • Bonaparte’s Gull  10
  • Laughing Gull  2
  • Ring-billed Gull  13
  • Herring Gull  35
  • Great Black-backed Gull  8
  • Belted Kingfisher  5
  • American Kestrel  1
  • Merlin  2
  • Blue Jay  8
  • American Crow  6

View this checklist online at

In the Community – September 19

Posted on: Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Special Tour of Maine’s Forests and Mills – The Nature Conservancy in Maine, Forest Society of Maine and Maine TREE Foundation invite you to explore Maine’s forests and mills on a two-day adventure based in Greater Millenocket, Maine. September 23-24. Learn more through their flyer [pdf] » 

Veazie_Dam_09_16_2013_(2)_cpdaigleVeazie Dam Update – Water levels continue to be high at the Veazie site (see photo), so further work removing the main section of the dam has been delayed (they did succeed in extending the coffer dam further out behind the dam last week). The Penobscot River Trust will be staffing a project display at MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair in the Environmental Concerns tent this weekend, stop by and say hello! They will also be present at the Old Town Riverfest on September 28, and Bradley Days on October 12.

Moose Money MOHF Lottery Tickets – Why are we mentioning lottery tickets?! Proceeds from the sale of this particular “Moose Money” lottery ticket go to wildlife and conservation! The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) has been helping to fund critical conservation and wildlife projects throughout the state since it was created by the legislature in 1996 and is supported through proceeds from the dedicated Maine Outdoor Heritage Lottery Ticket.
For more information about the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Lottery Ticket visit this page »

At our three Maine Audubon Centers we hold many different types of events for all ages, yet there are topics, trips and other activities in Maine we think are worthy of your attention as well.

Out in the Field: Erik Heitmann

Posted on: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

erik-heitmann-evaErik Heitmann is a citizen scientist with Maine Audubon’s Brook Trout Pond Survey program.

This past summer, he visited a remote pond in northern Maine with his daughter, Eva, searching for the presence of native brook trout. Survey information collected by anglers will be used to help identify populations of brook trout to be eligible for conservation management practices. To learn how you can get involved in the Brook Trout Pond Survey, visit

What does conservation mean to you?
Conservation was a word I knew while growing up, but didn’t fully realize its importance. Now I think there is a big difference between conservation and preservation. Conservation is about being conscious – to be aware of what you give and take from nature while you enjoy the outdoor. For instance, you see a sandwich bag along the side of the river while you are fishing – you pick it up. Always keep your impact down while you are out there and be sure to teach the young ones the same concepts.

How did you first hear about Maine Audubon?
My recollection is that I was probably younger than 10 years old. A friend’s mother was an avid bird watcher and I heard about it from her.

Why did you choose to become a Maine Audubon volunteer?
I love trout fishing! Any reason to go trout fishing is enough of an excuse for me. I feel so fortunate to have been able to go to some of the remote ponds and that I was able to take my oldest daughter and share the experience with her.

What do you hope your volunteer work will accomplish?
These streams and ponds are as old as the glaciers and wildlife managers need to know about them. Someone could stock them with pickerel and who would know? Maine has one of the best trout fisheries in the country and this project helps us maintain that status. I plan on helping with the survey until all the ponds have been catalogued.

What has been your favorite moment as a volunteer?
Slashing through the thick forest and suddenly coming upon a body of water. This even got Eva excited and distracted as she fought off the mosquitos!

What’s your favorite place in Maine?
That’s sort of a loaded question for me. I grew up in the coastal Blue Hill area of Maine so I’ve got that blood in me. Inland, I love the Rangeley area, especially for fishing, but Baxter holds a lot of memories from days with my grandfather. I really can’t tell you one place that is my favorite and that’s a testament to how great a state we live in.

What’s your favorite Maine wildlife species?
Brook trout!

Rare Bird Alert – August 21-27, 2013

Posted on: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • American White Pelican+
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Mew Gull+
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Dickcissel

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
On the 21st, a HOODED WARBLER was banded on Appledore Island, part of the Isles of Shoals.

A MARBLED GODWIT continued throughout the week along the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach in Biddeford. [Photo of the Marbled Godwit]

Greater Portland
Banders at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth caught a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on the 24th.

An impressive morning flight count for August came on the morning of the 24th at Sandy Point Beach on Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth. Beyond the high passerine counts, most noteworthy was a DICKCISSEL making the crossing.

On the 23rd, a FORSTER’S TERN was reported from Spirit Pond in Phippsburg.

Penobscot Bay
Continuing from August 3rd, Maine’s third MEW GULL was seen more regularly this week than when it was first found. Most reports were from the roof or fields of Oceanside High School off Valley Street in Thomaston. Reports were still positive as of the 26th.

Northern Maine
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued at Lake Josephine in Easton on the 22nd and 23rd. This bird has apparently been moving around between here and Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield and was reported as being seen “regularly all month.”