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  • Fields Pond Yoga
    • Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 – Wednesday, May 28, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • 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

     

  • Nature Time: Spring Session
    • Monday, Mar 31, 2014 – Monday, May 12, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00
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    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as life begins to emerge from the cold. Parents with preschoolers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Parents participate, too. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.

  • Family Fun
    • Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 – Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Every Tuesday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage fun, self-discovery, confidence and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    This is a 9-week session, no class on April 22nd.

    Siblings under age two of a registered child are free.
    Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Family Fun
    • Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 – Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Every Wednesday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90, Child Non-members: $130

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of seasonal, playful activities designed to encourage fun, self-discovery, confidence and a budding awareness of the natural world.

    This is a 9-week session.  No class on April 23rd.

    Siblings under age two of a registered child are free.

    Registration may still be available after the session begins – please call us!

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
      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.

  • 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
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    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.

  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Full Week
    • Monday, Apr 21, 2014 – Friday, Apr 25, 2014
      8:55am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $280, Child Non-members: $355

    We welcome all campers from first through fifth grade! Join us for a full week (Monday – Friday) during April school vacation or sign up for any combination of individual days. See individual weekday agenda for more details.
    Learn more

  • April Vacation Camp
    • Monday, Apr 21, 2014 – Friday, Apr 25, 2014
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Child Members: $40.00, Child Non-members: $50.00
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    Join us for a week of outdoor exploration, play and all around fun while learning about our role in this wonderful world. Choose the days you like or come for the whole week!

    Please call (207) 989-2591 to register.

    Monday, April 21 –Guardians of the Earth

    Do you have what it takes to be an Earth guardian? On this day we embark on an adventure quest to uncover nature’s secrets and discover our own special powers to protect nature.

    Tuesday, April 22 – Nature’s Recyclers

    We’ll explore the many ways that nature turns waste into something useful and experiment with ways to do that ourselves.

    Wednesday, April 23 – Watershed Watchers

    Use your inquiring mind to determine where water goes by following it, and along the way uncover how it connects us to every living thing.

    Thursday, April 24 – Mighty Sun

    Join us as we mount an expedition to discover all of the ways that nature relies on sun power and experiment with ways to harness the sun’s energy ourselves.

    Friday, April 25 – The Great Species Search

    We end the week by celebrating Earth Day as we launch a journey to meet as many different living things as we can in one day and then throw a party in their honor.

  • April
  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Thursday
    • Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $60, Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Animals on the Move

    Learn about animals that migrate and travel great distances. Learn why they leave, where they go and how they survive as we enjoy our migration obstacle course, butterfly catching game and other activities.
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  • Look What I Found! Preschool Program
    • Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 9:15am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $40, Child Non-members: $55

    Theme: What’s happening in the pond?

    Join us during April vacation week as we discover the wonders of the natural world at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.

    Your child will explore and enjoy nature through free play, stories, songs, movement, games, natural crafts and hikes. Participants will bring their own snack and lunch.


    Learn more

  • April Vacation Camp at Gilsland Farm – Friday
    • Friday, Apr 25, 2014 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $60, Child Non-members: $75

    Theme: Raptors, Reptiles and Mammals

    Join us for a live animal program in the morning and learn fascinating facts about birds, reptiles, mammals and other critters.
    Learn more

  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday, Apr 25, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Adult Members: $10, Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15, Child Non-members: $10

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    The public is invited to join us on the Friday of April vacation week to view a live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.  See birds of prey, a bat, a squirrel and more!

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

  • Cliff Island Exploration

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

    • Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 6:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Cliff Island, Casco Bay
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

    Join naturalists George Libby and Gary Roberts for an exploration around Casco Bay’s Cliff Island. The early morning ferry will get us out to the island with plenty of time to walk to Kennedy Beach to watch for returning and resident birds, search for early emerging plants and wildflowers, and check out the tide pools. The beach varies greatly along its length. The Bluffs—a long, raised, narrow chunk of rock—and the main part of Cliff Island shelter a wide area of water from the most severe wind and surf.

    • Please purchase your ferry ticket ahead of time.
    • Bring a lunch and beverage.
    • Optional early ferry return at 12:00 p.m.

    Important information about this trip: Cliff Island Exploration (2014) trip details [pdf]

  • Earth Day Clean Up – Scarborough Marsh
    • Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Give back to the Earth this year by helping Scarborough be a cleaner and healthier place for all its inhabitants and celebrate Earth Day by being part of the marsh clean up!

    As spring approaches it is time to clean up the marsh, the Nature Center, and the grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place.  Bring a friend, your family or community group.

    This year we are partnering again with Project G.R.A.C.E in Scarborough to help not only the marsh, but the people of Scarborough. Support a neighbor by bringing canned and staple foods or grocery gift cards when you come for the clean-up.


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  • Coyote – America’s Songdog
    Debbie DiCarlo
    • Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Come and learn about this important, resilient carnivore in a way you have never heard before. This presentation is about us as well, since we share the landscape and our lives with Coyote. Geri Vistein will touch upon Anthropology, Archaeology, Prehistoric and Modern History, Native American life, poetry, Human Psychology, Human Belief Systems, European World Views, Wildlife Science and Ecology, Animal Husbandry, and more.

    America’s Songdog gives community members a chance to come together and share stories, ask questions, and share a dialogue. Come hear the Song Dogs Sing!

    To learn more about Coyotes, go to Geri Vistein’s educational website ~ www.CoyoteLivesinMaine.com

    Photo by Debbie DiCarlo

     

  • May
  • A Birder’s Guide to Everything
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Cinemagic in Westbrook
    • Price: $11.00

    We are very excited to be hosting a showing of the new movie “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” at the Westbrook Cinemagic on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30PM. This event is organized through tugg.com.

    David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.

    Thanks to tugg.com, we are able to bring this movie to Maine and have this single showing in Westbrook. We need to sell 76 tickets by April 24th in order to meet the threshold for the movie to be played. So order your tickets early and please help spread the word!

    Reserve your tickets now at: http://www.tugg.com/events/8831

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks May 2014
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    • Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Tuesday, May 27, 2014
      7:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Free

    Unless otherwise indicated, all walks are from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.  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.

    Saturday, May 3:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gudrun Keszoecze

    Take I-95 to exit 197; go 4.75 mi. west on Rt. 43; look for large red signs on the right; enter refuge at gate 1, proceed ½ mi. to Pine Tree parking area

    Wednesday, May 7:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

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

    Saturday, May 10 (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.

    Monday, May 12:  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.

    Wednesday, May 14:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance

    Thursday, May 15:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

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

    Friday, May 16:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

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

    Monday, May 19:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178

    Monday, May 19 (evening walk):  Chimney swift outing, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Milardo

    Meet at 7:30 pm at State St. bridge over Kenduskeag Stream (between Main St. and Harlow St.)

    Tuesday, May 20:  Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at BLT kiosk on Kittredge Rd. just before the power lines.

    Thursday, May 22:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Lucy Quimby, Elizabeth Payne

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

    Friday May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    Meet in the parking lot behind the Microdyne Building on Godfrey Dr.

    Tuesday, May 27:  University of Maine campus, Orono

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the rear of the University Credit Union parking lot on Rangeley Rd.

  • Om Land Yoga in Nature
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    • Saturday, May 3, 2014 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Gather at the nature center for a half-day of yoga explorations with Om Land Yoga instructors. The teachers will enliven your practice by bringing their own personal style to each yoga session. We’ll also get outside and enjoy an exploration in nature. Food and beverages will be available. Please call 989-2591 to register.

     

     

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Thursday, May 15, 2014
      7:00am
    • 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.

  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday, May 5, 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. 
    Learn more

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