Events & Programs
- Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
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!
- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
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
- Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
The 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.
- Freeport Birding Festival
We are very excited to partner with L.L. Bean for the Second Annual Freeport Birding Festival. We will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginner and expert birders of all ages.
Check out the full schedule here.
- Family Discovery Series: Bats
Time to get bats on the radar! Maine has seen rapid decline in bat species in just the past five years. Come learn about Maine’s beneficial cave and tree species, why bats are getting sick, and what we can do to improve habitat for the survival of all bats. Be prepared for the outdoors.
- Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
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.
• $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.
- Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very flashy so they can be challenging to recognize. John Wyatt will lead a tour through Prospect and Frankfort with stops at the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens. In addition to the more common sparrows we’ll look for Vespers and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Meet up is 7 am at public parking lot in Winterport next to antique store. Register online in advance.
7:00a-12p Saturday June 4.
- Know Your Seabirds 2016
With on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a couple days 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.
- Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
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.
Information packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf] Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273
- Native Plant Walk at Rachel Carson NWR
Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, will lead a native plant walk at Rachel Carson NWR in Wells.
Presented in partnership with the Wild Seed Project.
- Wild Edibles
This workshop will include walking the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. Please be prepared for the weather and for a moderate amount of physical activity.
David Spahr has been foraging for 60 years. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada and a member of the Maine Mycological Association.
- Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
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.
- Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
Maine Audubon relies on the support of our members, donors and volunteers to carry out our mission of wildlife conservation and education.
Our Peony Circle of Friends honors those members who have supported us for over twenty years. We invite you to celebrate this special group of supporters at the 2016 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.
We invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy the start of summer at Maine Audubon!
- Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2016
In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine. On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.
There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 6 a.m. with an 11 a.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Kennebunk Plains.
Information packet: Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains (2016) [pdf]
Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273
- Daily Guided Canoe Tours
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. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.
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