Events & Programs


  • Fields Pond Yoga
    • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
      12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00
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    Come to Fields Pond Audubon Center to stretch, energize and relax. This weekly yoga class is open to all levels. Enjoy the gorgeous views! Leader: Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist, certified yoga instructor

  • 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
    • Thursday
    • 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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  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday, May 4, 2015 – Monday, May 25, 2015
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $30.00, Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure.

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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.

     

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks
    • Friday, May 22, 2015 – Friday, May 29, 2015
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free
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    Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions.  In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.

    Friday, May 8:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 9 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day):  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leaders:  Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith

    Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 12:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gloria Vollmers

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Kittredge Rd.

    Wednesday, May 13:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance.

    Friday, May 15:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 18:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178.

    Wednesday, May 20:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leader:  Paul Corcoran

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Tripp Dr.

    Thursday, May 21:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leaders:  Robert Ostrowski, Gordon Russell

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 22:  Caribou Bog area, Orono

    Co-sponsored by Orono Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at OLT parking area 0.3 mi in on Taylor Rd. from Forest Ave.

    Saturday, May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    On Godfrey Dr., across from the Black Bear Inn, go past Lixus Nexus on left, turn left after next white bldg., meet in the rear parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 26:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Gordon Russell

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Wednesday, May 27:  Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor

    Leaders:  Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.

    Thursday, May 28:  University of Maine, Orono

    Leader: Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot on Route 2 (Park Street), approximately one mile north of Rangeley Road campus entrance

    Friday, May 29: Stillwater River Trail, Orono

    Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bennoch Road and Noyes Drive.

  • Freeport Birding Weekend
    • Friday, May 22, 2015 – Sunday, May 24, 2015
      7:30pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: L.L.Bean
    • Free
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    We are very excited to announce the Freeport Birding Weekend, a new event in partnership with L.L.Bean. Over Memorial Day Weekend, we will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginners and pros across all ages. If you are interested in birds, this event is for you. More details coming soon but here are a few fun events scheduled:

    Bernd Heinrich:  Presentation about his newest book, “The Homing Instinct”. Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

    Outings: Florida Lake, Pettengil Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and owl prowls.

    Clinics: “Essential gear,” Birding 101 and Bird Photography

    Family events: Birding for kids; there will also be educators with live birds on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 pm

    Book signing: A Snowy Owl Story. Based on a true story, this simple narrative teaches youngsters about migration, adaptation and respectful human interaction with nature. Maine author Melissa Kim and Maine illustrator Jada Fitch will be available to sign this inspiring book, published by Islandport Press in cooperation with Maine Audubon.

    Birdathon: The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun! Learn more, register a team or pledge to support a team here.

    2015 L.L.Bean Birding Festival Schedule

  • May
  • Birding by Canoe
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    • Saturday, May 23, 2015 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Outdoor Photography Workshop
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    • Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $12.00

    Search, find, and photograph with Andy Anderson. We’ll focus on nature up close as we take a look at macro photography. Please bring along a tripod for your camera if you own one.

    For a sample of Andy’s photography, visit kingfisherphotography.com.

    Leader: Andy Anderson, Nature Photographer

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: See details below for price

    Run or walk at one of the most scenic and special places in Maine and support the Scarborough Marsh – the Audubon Center and the Eastern Trail Alliance.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center on Route 9. A 1K Fun Run for kids started at 8:30 a.m.
    Entry fee:
    • $16 preregistration
    • $19 race day registration
    • $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)

    Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.

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  • Fields Pond Paddle
    • Friday, May 29, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00

    Join us on a paddle as day shifts into night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe from us.

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    Please register by calling FPAC at 207-989-2591.

  • Herbal Adventure 
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    • 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.

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