Events & Programs


  • 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

    ***There will be no walk on August 18th. Sorry for any inconvenience***

    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.

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

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 – Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Come join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet every other week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations.  Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome….we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine. We start in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.
  • August
  • Harraseeket River Kayak Tour with L. L. Bean
    • Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 8:00am – 12:30pm
    • Location: Mallet Barn
    • Members: $56 - Non-members: $69

    Grab your binoculars and come join us on this special guided tour to experience a real taste of coastal Maine – and a new experience around every corner. With L. L. Bean’s expert guides, you’ll explore a scenic three-mile-long tidal river, wind through marsh grasses and visit birding destinations only accessible by watercraft. Along the way, a Maine Audubon naturalist will share details and insights about the shorebirds spotted along the tour. Birds commonly observed on the Harraseeket River include American black duck, bald eagle, great blue heron and belted kingfisher.

    The tour starts at Wolfe’s Neck Farm and lasts about 4.5 hours. It will be conducted in recreational solo kayaks.

    All necessary kayaking equipment is included.

    Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on this tour. Not a member? Join today at maineaudubon.org/join or call 207-781-2330, ext. 232.  

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Aug 29, 2016 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    IMG_8331Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.

  • Brook Trout in Maine
    • Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Maine Audubon will present a summary of the Brook Trout Survey including: this year’s data and how it is being used, what Maine’s next steps are for maintaining and improving stream health for our precious native brook trout population, and how volunteers can contribute.

  • September
  • Casco Bay Kayak Tour with L. L. Bean – September
    • Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 8:30am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Flying Point Paddling Center
    • Members: $56 - Non-members: $69

    Join us for amazing bird-watching by kayak, a unique wildlife viewing adventure.

    After a brief demonstration where you’ll learn basic strokes and techniques for paddling a two-person tandem kayak, L. L. Bean’s experienced guides will lead you on a leisurely paddle around scenic Casco Bay. You’ll experience rocky islands and quiet coves, plus visit birding destinations unreachable by land. Along the tour, a trained naturalist from Maine Audubon will share insights and in-depth interpretive information about the birds spotted along the tour. Birds commonly observed on Casco Bay include common eider, osprey, double-crested cormorant and common tern.

    All necessary kayaking equipment is included.

    Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on this tour. Not a member? Join today at maineaudubon.org/join or call 207-781-2330, ext. 232.  

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us for fun on our last full weekend and help the center out! We will have an end of the season sale in the store, door prizes, a used book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, a yard sale on Sunday and much more.

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  • Mid-Coast Audubon’s Annual Lobsterbake Fundraiser on Hog Island
    • Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Hog Island
    • Price: 40

    Join the Mid-Coast Maine Audubon Chapter Saturday, September 3rd, for a traditional Lobsterbake at the Hog Island Audubon Camp.

    Your $40 donation will get you a lobster, clams, potato, corn, and onion all baked over an open fire. Lemonade, coffee and dessert will complete the gourmet extravaganza! Boat transportation is included and departs the Audubon dock in Bremen (end of Keene Neck Rd.) at 10 am (for those who wish to hike the island), or 12:00 (reserve your choice ahead) and lunch will be unveiled at 1:00.  Return ferry from the island is at 3:00.

    Hog Island is a beautiful place for you to explore before or after you eat. Members of the Mid-Coast Audubon Board will be displaying their cooking talents and available to answer your bird questions!

    FMI or to make a reservation, email Seafood Sue ([email protected]) by August 27th.

    Checks to Sue at 12 Audubon Rd, Bremen, ME  04568.  Phone if you truly must (207) 380-1370, but she is often out of touch on a distant island.

  • b. good Fundraiser
    • Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Free

    POSTPONED FROM 8/24/16

    Come eat and be merry at b.good Restaurant in Portland, and support the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center! Proceeds from purchases will be donated to the Marsh.  Bring all your friends, family, and fellow sanctuary supporters for b.good’s Community Night.  Our own Shanna Underwood will be singing! The restaurant is located on 15 Exchange Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-747-5355.  The fundraiser runs from 6-9.

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  • Night Hike at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Sep 9, 2016 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of a calming evening hike along the edge of Fields Pond followed by some stargazing along our return to the Center.

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 8:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    bald eagleWhen Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles!

    We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

    Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016 [pdf]

    Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • September Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

  • Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    A joint offering with Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project

    cohen-mushroomSouthern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I have Known…and Eaten to learn about at least two dozen species of native edible plants to non-native weeds and invasive species.

    Depending on the weather, several edible mushrooms may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species, preparations methods, and safe guidelines for use and ecologically-responsible foraging will be covered.

     

  • Family Fun: Fall Frolic
    • Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 – Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
      10:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: Members: $70/family, Nonmembers $105/family

    Seven Wednesdays

    Children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to 3 children per adult please. Join us for seven weeks of nature based learning and play with your children. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long-lasting connection with nature. Each hour long program includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

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