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What Would You Like to See at Gilsland Farm?

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Recently, on a very hot summer day, I took a little break from the under-cooled structure that serves as Maine Audubon’s central office building. One of the nicest things about working at Gilsland Farm is that you can walk around in what is truly an oasis. You can leave your office and in less than …

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Action Alert! What’s Going on with the Land for Maine’s Future Bonds?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Unfortunately, the Maine House of Representatives recently failed to override the Governor’s veto of LD 1378, the bill that required the Governor to release the voter-approved bonds he’s holding — including the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bonds. While the Senate voted to override the veto by a vote of 25-9, the close vote of 91-52 in the House was five votes shy of the …

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Properties Manager

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Location: Based in Falmouth Purpose of the Position: The primary function of this position is to manage and maintain Maine Audubon’s properties, buildings and all associated structures and facilities in ways that are consistent with the organization’s mission. This position is full time/salaried and includes a complete benefit package Essential Functions: Manage Maine Audubon’s properties …

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Taking Back the Farm: Purple Loosestrife

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This is the first in a small series of blog posts I’m calling Taking Back the Farm. Each post will focus on an invasive species that is present at Gilsland Farm. I hope you can take some of the information from these posts to identify and eradicate any non-native and invasive species you find on your property. …

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Action Alert! Speak up for Wildlife: Tell Congress You Support a National Park in Maine

Monday, July 27th, 2015

We need your help in creating a new National Park and Recreation Area. Please contact your Congressional delegation members today.Landowner Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. has offered to donate up to 150,000 acres east of Baxter State Park to the National Park Service to create a National Park and Recreation Area. But Maine’s congressional delegation must introduce …

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Coldwater Fish in the Summer Heat

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

It was one of those infernally hot summer days, when the air anywhere away from the coast was stifling. I didn’t really want to get into the car, but I convinced myself to take a short drive for the chance to ward off the heat by standing in a well-shaded stream. After rigging up a …

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How to see a Little Egret

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Birding has many interesting aspects. Birds offer plenty of exciting opportunities for discovery — from learning to the basics of identification to exploring the migratory timing or even just admiring them from your window. One of the most exciting aspects for me, is finding a rare bird. On June 8, I was lucky enough to find …

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Fall is upon us…

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Although the summer solstice — the “first day of summer” — was on June 21st, to some birds that may have been the first day of Fall. All of the shorebirds we see in Maine are migratory. Some of them migrate to Maine for the winter (Purple Sandpipers) while some come here just to breed …

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Less Lawn

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Last week, Bringing Nature Home author Doug Tallamy spoke at Maine Audubon. His message was simple and straightforward.  Each of us has an opportunity to improve habitat for wildlife, beginning in the back yard. Tallamy showed how removing non-native and restoring native vegetation can pay huge dividends for wildlife. No one who attended his talk …

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The Subadult Twitchers’ 2015 Bird-a-thon Recap

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The 2015 Bird-a-thon is complete! This is the second year of participation by our team, the Sub-adult Twitchers, which formed last year as an attempt to involve a team of [mostly] youth birders. This year we were able to beat our past record but still fell short of our competitors, the Mighty Marsh Muckers. Below …

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