Events & Programs


  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    Join us each Saturday 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
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      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
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      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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  • SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    • Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
      9:00am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Owl, by Andrea von Huene.

    Now through September 30

    June LaCombe’s sculpture exhibit, SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature, is on display at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. The show includes 82 sculptures by New England artists. 10% of proceeds are donated to Maine Audubon. Maps and a price list are available at Gilsland Farm.

    Please visit June LaCombe Sculpture for photos and more information.

  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 – Monday, Sep 1, 2014
      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

    Discover 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.

     

  • Nature Time: Summer Session
    • Monday, Aug 4, 2014 – Monday, Sep 15, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00

    The summertime is made for getting out into nature! Preschool children, come to a nature-based program with movement, stories, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Caregivers participate too. Please call to register.

  • August
  • Be Sure About Shorebirds – Workshop
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    • Friday, Aug 29, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $8

    Shorebirds come in all shapes and sizes. None very colorful, ranging from brown to gray. But did you know that we have had 47 different species of shorebirds occur in Maine! (48 including the now extinct Eskimo Curlew).

    Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lesson in identifying this diverse family and learn how size, shape, color, habitat, voice, and behavior all play critical rolls in learning these birds.

    After taking the night to digest all this information, you can join Doug on a field trip to local hotspots focusing on shorebirds. Please register for that trip here: http://maineaudubon.org/events/be-sure-about-shorebirds-field-trip/

  • Be Sure About Shorebirds – Field Trip
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    • Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 7:00am – 10:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Late August is a fun time to be watching shorebirds. The abundance of immature birds mixed in with adults adds a degree of difficulty, plus this is the time we often see some of the less common species, like Western and Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a van trip to local shorebird hotspots to study this diverse group as they stop over on their southbound migration. We will meet at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth at 7AM and travel by van.

    This trip is highly recommended for anyone who attends the previous nights workshop: http://maineaudubon.org/events/be-sure-about-shorebirds-workshop/

  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 – Monday, Sep 1, 2014
      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.

     

  • Paddle and Hiking Adventure
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    • Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 10:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $15.00 - Non-members: $20.00

    Join co-directors Holly Twining and Cyndi Kuhn for a Saturday adventure on water and land. We will paddle with canoes and kayaks out to the island on Fields Pond and then take a hike.

    Then, we’ll continue our explorations on the water to look out for eagles, osprey, herons, loons, and much more.

    Please bring your lunch and call to let us know you’re coming.

  • September
  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
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    • Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
      12:00pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome.

    Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor

  • Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins: A Story of Extinction & Survival
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5.00

    Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society Present:

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeons, Puffins & Plovers: A Story of Extinction & Survival

    September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last surviving Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon’s population in 1814 was estimated to be 3.5 billion. There are countless first- person stories about skies turning black with pigeons in the nineteenth century. Why did such an abundant species go extinct in less than one hundred years?

    Learn why this bird went extinct, what other wildlife we lost over the past 100 years and what you can do today to protect endangered species. You will also learn about successful comeback stories like the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagle. What are our endangered species today? Learn what actions you can take to ensure that our wildlife species are here for generations to come.

    Free for members of Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society.

    • $5 general admission.
    • Cash bar and light food.
    • Come see a Passenger Pigeon mount from Maine Audubon’s collections!

    All participants receive a Passenger Pigeon origami to fold! Learn more at Fold the Flock.

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  • Mushrooming Workshop
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    • Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $17.00 - Non-members: $22.00

    Join the Mushroom Maineiac, David Spahr, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

    Please call to register.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100.

  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Price: $5.00
    • Children under 10 free

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard or, rent one of our canoes.

    Please call to register.

  • Good Night, Nature
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    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $10, Child Non-members: $15
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling

    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.

    This Session:  Harvest Moon

    *No charge for siblings under age two

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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • 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 6:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Family Fun
    signs of fall
    • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 – Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
      9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $70, Child Non-members: $140

    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.

    Session 1:  Signs of Fall

    *No charge for siblings under age two

    *Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven Week Fall Session (Tuesdays, September 9 to October 21, 2014)

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

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