Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Signs of Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 – Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $100.00, Child Non-members: $150.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Session 2: Signs of Spring
    Themes include:

    * Animals Waking Up
    * Maple Syrup
    * Signs of Spring
    * Backyard Birds
    * Bees & Pollinators
    * Rainbow Gardens
    * Vernal Pools
    * and more!

    *10 Weeks (no class on 4/21)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.      

     

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
      7:00am – 9:00am
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    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
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  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • May
  • Herbal Adventure 
    Biodieversityday

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    • Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $25.00

    Take an herb walk with Jessi Sader then blend herbal tea of your own. Learn about local plants with health benefits and how to plan your own medicinal herb garden.

    Cost includes herbs and fillable tea bags.

  • June
  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Jun 1, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: Pond life at Night

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

     

    *Advanced registration encouraged!  Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Jun 1, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Birds of Brownfield Bog 2015
    • Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 7:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Brownfield Bog
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 5:30 a.m.) Please call for availability!

    Image: US Fish & Wildlife ServiceBrownfield Bog, in the Saco River’s floodplain, is a fascinating complex of small peatlands, ponds, maple swamps, and meandering watercourses that harbor some of Maine’s more uncommon breeding birds. The Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest in the deciduous forest along the water’s edge; both cuckoo species, thrushes, and sapsuckers can be found in the surrounding forest. There is no better place to study the different songs and habits of both Alder and Willow Flycatchers. Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye compete with the Wood Ducks for the nesting boxes posted around the wetland. Hidden among the reeds may be found American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora, and we’re sure to hear and see Wilson’s Snipe. There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 5:30 a.m. with an 12:30 p.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Brownfield Bog (use the link above or contact Doug at the number below for directions).

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 8:00pm – 9:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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  • Know Your Seabirds
    • Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: $5.00

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm the night before so you’ll be ready to identify everything that we see during the trip. This will be a great chance to brush up on the differences between Arctic and Common Terns, or learn how to pick Common Murres out of groups of Razorbills.

    You can register in advance but we will have plenty of space for walk-ins. (Walk-ins must pay with cash or check.)

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday, Jun 5, 2015 8:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 - Non-members: $100

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    A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
    Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest.

    Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

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    Leaders:

    Jan Pierson is one of the founders of Field Guides and a veteran of more than 35 years of international birding and guiding. He has traveled far and wide to all continents, yet some of his favorite birding experiences remain simple ones: spring warbler migration, savoring good, long looks at birds, be they rare or common, tropical or temperate, and watching other birders thrill at their first-time discoveries.

    Peter Vickery is president of the Center for Ecological Research and is currently writing a book on Maine birds. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 scientific research papers and numerous popular articles on natural history and conservation.

    Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2015.pdf

  • Monthly Bird Walk
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    • Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Forestry for Maine Birds Workshop
    • Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 8:30am – 11:30am
    • Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center
    • Price: $12.00 HVNC Member $ 15.00 Non Member

    If you’re a forest landowner in Maine with an interest in wildlife than this is the workshop for you. Biologists and foresters will lead you through the steps involved in planning and implementing effective forest management that will benefit local wildlife. We’ll cover topics like:

    *What kind of wildlife can my forest support?
    *Which bird and wildlife species are in need of protection?
    *Creating effective plans to meet wildlife needs
    *Choosing the right professionals

    The emphasis will be on bird species because they are often an effective, and visible indicator for other wildlife species. This will be an indoor/outdoor class. Please come prepared to explore HVNC\’s forest. Landowners should come to learn from professionals, but also to share their own experiences.

    Schedule:

    *7:30am – birding walk with Susan Gallo of ME Audubon  (optional)
    *8:30am – meet in Barn classroom for coffee, snacks, and introductions
    *9-11:30am -Presentation and field sessions
    *11:30 – Summary and closing questions

    RAIN DATE: same time on Sat. June 13. Notices of postponement will be on HVNC’s homepage. FMI: email andy@hvnc.org, 207-200-8840

  • Sparrow Tour
    • Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 7:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Take Stillwater Ave to Tripp Road and meet in Bangor City Forest parking lot.
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $20.00

    Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very “flashy” so they can be challenging to recognize. Join us for a tour of Orono Bog, Prospect, and Frankfort, visiting the bog, Mendall Marsh, and nearby blueberry barrens.

    In addition to the more common sparrows, we’ll look for Lincoln’s, Vesper’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows.

    Leader: John Wyatt

    Please call FPAC to register.

     

  • Nature Explorers: Pollinators
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    • Monday, Jun 8, 2015 9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10.00, Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    Theme: What can you do for pollinators?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Nature Time Drop In
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    • Monday, Jun 8, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $5.00, Child Non-members: $7.00

    Take your preschooler out exploring at our drop in nature time class. We’ll share stories, movement, and art.

    Most of the program will be outdoors.

     

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