Events & Programs


  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016
      9:30am – 10:30am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $110.00, Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    Do April showers bring May flowers? 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. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Beautiful Songbirds – Illustrations by Ashley Halsey
    • Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – Monday, May 9, 2016
      11:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Songbirds_ahalsey_cvrOriginal watercolors by Ashley Halsey will be on display in the Maine Audubon Environmental Center in Falmouth through May 9.

    Ashley Halsey is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist living in Portland, Maine. Growing up on a farm in Connecticut deeply ingrained a love of nature in her. As a result, Ashely is passionate about the environment and conservation, and how she can spread awareness of the natural world through her art.

     

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    Bird walks will start at 7:00AM beginning on April 7th. On April 28th our walk will be held across the street at the Portland Country Club (meet at 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME).

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday, May 2, 2016 – Thursday, May 12, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.

    We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.

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  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday, May 6, 2016 – Friday, May 13, 2016
      7:00am
    • Friday
    • Location: Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    This small Portland park features a surprising assortment of habitats and provides a welcome refuge for migrant and nesting birds. Join us for some outstanding morning birding.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center.

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  • Project WILD Educator Workshop
    • Friday, May 6, 2016 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Unitarian Universalist Church
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.  All participants receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide which focuses on wildlife and habitat. It is organized into topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these multi-disciplinary activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities, or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.

    Fall2childrenclipboardWhat teachers say about Project WILD:

    • The activities are adaptable to various time frames, activity sites, and subject areas.
    • Project WILD is highly adaptable to different grade levels, student populations, and learning styles.
    • The guide is full of activities that can be done in the classroom, the schoolyard, or on field trips.
    • Teachers give high praise to Project WILD’s “learning by doing” orientation to workshops and report reaching all students at all ability levels with Project WILD.

    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 for more information or  e-mail her at [email protected]

  • Spring Bird-feeding Workshop
    • Friday, May 6, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00
    • Materials: $10.00 payable night of program

    This is an informational and fun program to learn about the selection, proper care and maintenance of bird feeders to make your backyard the center of attraction this season. We’ll even make feeders to take home just in time for our nesting songbirds or hummingbirds.

    $10 materials fee payable at program will include all supplies needed to construct your feeder.

  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5

    Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.

    Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center  in Falmouth.  Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities.  Door prizes and resources are Canada Warbler in the handalso being distributed.  Click here for more information and to register.

    What is bird banding?

    Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint

     

  • Flying WILD Educator Workshop
    • Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 4 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. The material is built around the fundamental principles of providing scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions.While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others.  

    Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide,  FLying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which:

    • Features 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons and information on how to set up a bird festival.
    • In addition to an instructional overview, each activity provides an assessment section that suggests at least one way to evaluate student’s work, accomplishments, or performance.
    • Also listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats. 

    A pre-workshop demonstration of bird banding by Biodiversity Institute is offered at the RIverpoint Sanctuary in Falmouth.  Participants will be able to see birds banding and get an up-close view of these birds that are migrating back to Maine after a long winter.  Click here to register.

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    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 for more information or  e-mail her at [email protected]

  • Flatbread Benefit Night
    • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Free

    Dine out for a good cause! Maine Audubon will receive a portion of the proceeds of all pizzas sold at the Flatbread Company in Portland from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. It’s a delicious way to help Maine wildlife!

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am
    • 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.

     

  • Birding By Ear
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Spring is here and the birds will are singing! Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.

  • Springfest at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, May 14, 2016 7:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Fields Pond Audubon Center! Bring your favorite people, pack a snack and drop in for any or all of the day’s events. There will be lots to do and learn in a group or on your own. Activities include:

    • Early morning birdwalk with Gordon Russell
    • Bird banding with Rad Mayfield
    • Children’s activity area
    • Birdathon registration
    • Forest birdwalk
    • Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more.
  • Native Plants Festival & Pollinator Parade
    • Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE (parking pass required for morning, see below)

    Our first annual spring celebration of Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home initiative, featuring a festival and parade for families with young children in the morning followed by afternoon plant sale and seed sowing workshops.  Other partner organizations, as well as students from King Middle School, will be there throughout the day sharing their related work and resources.

    Festival Schedule

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, information tables, and more (see parking information below)
    11:30 am – Second Annual Pollinator Parade
    1:00 – 4:00 pm – Native Plant Sale workshops and community resources and information tables
    1:00 – 2:00 pm Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project
    2:30 – 3:30 pm – Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project

    ablandingsturtlestorywebWe’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Blanding Turtle’s Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park during the morning activities. There are only a limited number of parking passes available, so pre-purchase of parking is required. To buy a parking pass, please click the “Register Now” button below. 

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep attendance at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!

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    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

     

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    Refreshments graciously provided by Bru-Thru Coffee Shack

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  • Spring Seed Sowing of Natives
    • Saturday, May 14, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $15

    In this introductory workshop learn to sow some seeds of native perennial wildflowers and meadow shrubs with Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project. The seeds of native plants have a very different set of needs of common garden flowers and vegetables. This hands on workshop will give you a chance to sow some seeds in small pots that you can take home and place out of doors to wait for and witness their germination and growth from seed to seedling to young plant. 

    Two sessions will be offered on the 14th, if you can’t make 1:00pm, consider the 2:30 workshop.

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  • Spring Seed Sowing of Natives
    • Saturday, May 14, 2016 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $15

    In this introductory workshop learn to sow some seeds of native perennial wildflowers and meadow shrubs with Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project. The seeds of native plants have a very different set of needs of common garden flowers and vegetables. This hands on workshop will give you a chance to sow some seeds in small pots that you can take home and place out of doors to wait for and witness their germination and growth from seed to seedling to young plant. 

    Two sessions will be offered on the 14th, if you can’t make 2:30pm, consider the 1:00pm workshop.

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