Events & Programs: Fields Pond

216 Fields Pond Road [Map]
Holden, ME 04429
(207) 989-2591
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  • October
  • Women’s Day Retreat
    • Saturday Oct 17, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $60.00

    This daylong retreat is an opportunity for women to relax and rejuvenate while discovering the beauty of the natural world. The day will offer a variety of stress-free activities, including an exploration hike, canoe ride, meditation and stress reduction workshops. At the end of the day,we will unwind with a wine and chocolate tasting.

    Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with other women in the community and connect with nature!

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  • The Top of Africa: Ethiopia
    • Thursday Oct 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair.  This species is endemic to Ethiopia.  Ron Davis photo.

    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair. This species is endemic to Ethiopia. Ron Davis photo.

    This latest of Ron and Lee Davis’ illustrated presentations on their around-the-world wildlife adventures features central and southern Ethiopia. The Davises visited a wide range of habitats from below 3000 to over 13,000 feet altitude in the most extensively mountainous country of Africa to photograph some of the most rare and beautiful birds and mammals of the continent.

  • Birding Sebasticook Lake – Van trip
    • Saturday Oct 24, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Sebasticook Lake, located in Newport, is a welcome stopover for many migrants moving through the state in mid to late October. It provides habitat for a large variety of waterfowl and also often hosts southbound shorebirds. Plus the rarity potential is always intriguing, hosting such species as Greater White-fronted Goose, Canvasback, Redhead and even an American White Pelican was seen here in 2012.

    This will be a van trip, leaving from Fields Pond in Orrington, so register early because space is limited. The flexibility of traveling by van will also allow us to check other hotspots en route.

  • Owl Prowl
    • Thursday Oct 29, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: Members: $10/family; Non-members: $20/family

    Great Horned Owl - Jon Nelson - Flickr Creative CommonsLearn all about the owls of Maine! An indoor interactive slideshow will focus on owl adaptations, what they eat, where they live and the different species that can be found at the crossroads of Downeast and Western Maine. Each family will get to dissect a real owl pellet. The second half of the workshop will be a night hike through the trails of Fields Pond to explore owl habitat, try our owl calls and (if we are really lucky) maybe see one of these amazing birds. Please bring a flashlight.

  • Guided Boundary Hike of Fields Pond Audubon Center Property
    • Saturday Oct 31, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: FREE - Donations accepted

    fields-pond-trail1-500x333Join us as we walk the boundary of our beautiful sanctuary.

  • November
  • Film Screening: Urban & Suburban Meadows
    • Thursday Nov 5, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    meadowscapingJoin us for a screening of the 60-minute film Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.

    The video outlines the problems caused by the extensive planting of pesticide-ridden, non-native grass lawns across America.

    But there are other landscaping choices. Why not give meadowscaping a try and replace the chemically maintained monoculture of a lawn with an urban or suburban meadow that can support an amazing diversity of life?

    In the video, meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weanerand Neil Diboll, walk the viewer through meadow site preparation, design, planting and maintenance. Plus, Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, explains the intricate connection between native plants, native insects and the soil food web.

    There will be a discussion following the screening.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
    • Thursday Nov 19, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    All Fields Pond volunteers are invited to attend this evening celebration. Let us recognize and honor the time and effort you devote to making Fields Pond the best it can be. Education volunteers, front desk volunteers, property volunteers and volunteer naturalists are all welcome. Bring a guest.

    Please call the center to RSVP.

  • Live Owl Show with Birdsacre Naturalist: Two Performances
    • Saturday Nov 21, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Child Members: $5.00
    Child Non-members: $10.00

    Join naturalists from Birdsacre for a live owl show. Get a close-up look at several different owl species. People of all ages love this show!

    Two Show Times:

    • 10:30  am 
    • 1:30 pm

    Birdsacre is home to a few permanently injured birds that are unable to survive in the wild. Some of them help educate the community about the unique and amazing qualities of their species

  • Homeschool Field Trip: Forces in Nature
    • Wednesday Nov 25, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $50.00 Child Non-members: $75.00

    We aim to nurture the natural curiosity of children through experiential learning, exploration and play. Every field trip includes a focus question which sets the stage for investigating solutions or providing alternatives. Scholars participate in indoor and outdoor experiences that incorporate academic and social skill building in a small group setting.

    Scholars will participate in activities that exemplify energy transfer and how energy flows through systems. Beginning with the sun as the original source of energy on this planet, we will recognize that energy constantly flows from one form to another. Multiple methods of experience, discovery and activity will deepen the scholars’ understanding of energy.

  • December
  • Birding Schoodic Peninsula – Van trip
    • Saturday Dec 5, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a van trip down Schoodic Peninsula in search of winter birds along the coast. Targets will include Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Purple Sandpiper, and more!

    This will be a van trip, leaving from Fields Pond in Orrington, so register early because space is limited. The flexibility of traveling by van will also allow us to check other hotspots en route.

  • Film Screening: Counting on Birds
    • Thursday Dec 10, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free
    Photo Courtesy Bob Jones

    Photo Courtesy Bob Jones

    With the annual Christmas Bird Counts beginning on December 14, we will help you get in the holiday counting spirit by hosting a screening of the Counting on Birds documentary. This one-hour film by New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) follows Willem Lang’s travels to Keene & Errol, New Hampshire, Mount Desert, Maine, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people who participate in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count.