Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Walks will start at 8am beginning on December 1st.

    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

  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (9:15am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      9:15am – 10:15am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


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  • Family Fun: Exploring Winter (10:30am Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
      10:30am – 11:30am
    • Tuesdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $90.00, Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free
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    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. Each week we will explore a new natural theme through stories, songs, and hands-on art projects and outdoor activities. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Tuesdays, January 10th through March 7th (NO CLASS on February 21st)


    Learn more

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 – Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    DEJUCome join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet 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.

    Nature Tuesday will be Jan 10 at 1:30 at PINE POINT BEACH.

    We chose this location because it will be a low, low tide at 3:06 PM.  We will be able to see what washes up in the winter on the beach. Marvel at the patterns in the sand And dig for surf clams which you can take home and eat!  Perhaps other mysteries will be under the sand as well.

    On our  pre walk we found moonsnail shells 5” across,10” razor clam shells, oyster shells, whelk shells, slipper shells, and more fresh dulse for eating and other seaweeds.

    So far the weather  looks good for Tuesday:  sunny, 30 degrees and 5 mph winds.

    What to bring:
    If it turns out to be more windy you would be glad to have wind pants and face protection, wind proof mittens.
    Water proof boots would be helpful.
    If you want to dig for hen clams/ surf clams….we use a garden fork (a flat bladed pitch fork) and a bucket and you should bring those.  You will probably get enough for dinner and more.
    There were only gulls on our prewalk, but it may be worth bring binocs.
    If you are a beach comber, bring bucket or bags.

    Directions:
    TO PINE POINT BEACH PARKING LOT IN SCARBOROUGH.  (it’s about 1/2 hour from Portland)
    If you want to car pool with us we will be leaving the Hannaford Parking lot on Forest avenue (side closest to Forest Avenue) at 12:40.   776-1876 Davida
    davida Maps:
    295 South
    exit 2 to Scarborough and rte 1 south (2.1 m to Rte 1)
    rte 1 south (for 4. 2 Miles)
    Left onto Pine Pint Rd (for 3.1 miles)
    Left at stop sign (Jones Creek Dr.)
    Right at 5th Ave. = parking lot

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 – Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

    No charge for siblings under age two
    Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15

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

  • January
  • Native Plant Propagation for the Classroom
    • Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $25 - Non-members: $25

    Sowing native seeds, making seed bombs, and studying local wildlife food webs are excellent tools for encouraging social and environmental responsibility by engaging students and communities in stewardship, citizen science, and advocacy.

    Join master propagator and educator Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project, and Maine Audubon professional development trainers for a 3-hour workshop for teachers and community leaders. Workshop participants will learn to sow several varieties of native seeds for no-maintenance winter propagation and will make seed bombs. We’ll also explore aligning classroom activities and student products that this work can inspire and support.

    Certificates of completion indicating contact hours and scholarships are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls at [email protected] to request a scholarship.

     

  • February
  • Project WILD and Winter Ecology Educator Workshop at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Feb 3, 2017 8:45am – 2:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Winter Ecology and Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students regarding winter ecology and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.  Participants will learn about winter through outdoor field study and activities and will be able to browse resources including literature connections.

    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.

    Girl Bird Feeder WinterWhat teachers say about Project WILD and Maine Audubon workshops:

    • “Thanks so much. It was a wonderfully inspirational workshop. I want to do EVERYTHING!!!!” Lori Safford, Carrabassett Valley Academy:
    • Project WILD is highly adaptable to different grade levels, student populations, and learning styles. The activities are adaptable to various time frames, activity sites, and subject areas.
    • 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 students at all ability levels with Project WILD.
  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 8:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

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

  • National Bird Feeding Month Celebration!
    • Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Join Maine Audubon in celebrating National Bird Feeding month!

    Offering birds food and water nurtures them through the harsh winter, and allows us to observe them up close. It also provides an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the natural world right outside our windows. Visit our Nature Store at Gilsland Farm for tips and resources to help you transform your backyard into a bird sanctuary.

    We will be offering informal talks throughout the day on topics like:

    • Selecting the right feeders and food for different species
    • The importance of providing a source of clean water
    • Baffling those pesky squirrels
    • …and more!

    Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will be on hand to answer your questions. We will also be selling winter bird seed at reduced prices and sampling our new bird-friendly coffees!

    Nature Store logoFor Maine Audubon Members Only: Double discount (20% savings) on all bird feeders and bird feeder accessories.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Winter Family Day of Play
    • Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Winter Kids OutsideAttention all families! Join us for a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    • Outdoor activities including: scavenger hunt, story walk, sledding. . . and more
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs
    • Refreshments provided

     

     

  • Birding with your Smartphone
    • Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join us for an evening talk about how the smartphone has become one of the most important tools for birding recently. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • Project WILD and Winter Ecology Educator Workshop
    • Friday, Feb 10, 2017 8:45am – 2:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Winter Ecology and Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students regarding winter ecology and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.  Participants will learn about winter through outdoor field study and activities and will be able to browse resources including literature connections.

    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.

    What teachers say about Project winter-kidsWILD and Maine Audubon workshops:

    • “Thanks so much. It was a wonderfully inspirational workshop. I want to do EVERYTHING!!!!” Lori Safford, Carrabassett Valley Academy:
    • Project WILD is highly adaptable to different grade levels, student populations, and learning styles. The activities are adaptable to various time frames, activity sites, and subject areas.
    • 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 students at all ability levels with Project WILD.
  • Intro to Wildlife Photography
    • Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 2.35.28 PMPhotography offers endless opportunities and often new avenues to connect with nature. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a workshop on nature photography to learn tips and techniques on how to take great photos of wildlife and the scenes you may find (or create). This two hour workshop will begin inside to cover essentials from shooting techniques, ethical practices, and basic photo editing before going outside to explore Gilsland Farm and test your newly learned skills.

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

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Birding Basics for your Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10
    • Children under 12 free

    This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lecture on how to identify these often confusing but common birds.

    There is also a field trip on February 18 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in.

    Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for trip around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart. Our first stop will be at the boat launch at the Eastern Promenade (see map link above).

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    wintercarnival-rotatorCelebrate winter with Maine Audubon! Join us for our fourth annual winter carnival and enjoy outdoor and hands-on activities for all ages. Plus, learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    We’ll have a scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station, and giant snow shelter. You can rent snowshoes and explore the trails at Gilsland Farm and enjoy arts & crafts activities indoors. There will be music, refreshments, and more!

    FREE for Maine Audubon members.

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