Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • October
  • Apple Day Celebration
    • Saturday Oct 1, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 2 free

    Join us for the 29th Annual Apple Day Celebration! Celebrate all things fall at this family event!


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  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday Oct 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Tools of the Trade: Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, camera recommendations, and much more.

  • The Big Sit! 2016
    • Saturday Oct 8, 2016 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country!Big Sit

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you want during the day, no need to sign up ahead of time. Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join us for the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise. Click here to read more about The Big Sit!

    Contact: Linda Woodard – (207) 781-2330 x213 or [email protected]

  • Bogs and Fens: New England’s Most Pristine Ecosystems
    • Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
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    The Orono Bog Boardwalk as it passes through a grove of black spruces. Ron Davis photo.

    Join us for a presentation by Ronald B. Davis, author of Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. 

    Dr. Davis will talk about the unique features of wetlands underlain by deep water-saturated peat, and the carnivorous plants, orchids, and uncommon bird species supported by these fascinating ecosystems.

    Dr. Ronald B. Davis is an emeritus professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, and the Climate Change Institute of University of Maine. He is an ecologist and naturalist who has taught about, researched, and published on the ecology and paleoecology of several of Maine’s major ecosystem types including peatlands, and on the impacts of acidic precipitation and land use practices on lakes in New England and Norway.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: National Parks and “Second Century Stewardship” – A Film and Discussion with David Shaw
    • Wednesday Oct 19, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Featuring conservationist and business leader David Shaw, this is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series. This event is 21+

    DavidShawOn the occasion of the historic 2016 centennial celebrations of Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service, David Shaw, founder of IDEXX and Trustee of the National Park Foundation, collaborated with several organizations to launch a ‘second century stewardship’ program.

    The program’s goal is to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks to benefit park stewardship and to encourage public engagement in science through park experiences.

    Part of the program was the creation of a 41-minute film, “Second Century Stewardship.” David Shaw will screen the film at this event, and the screening will be followed by a conversation.

    Sponsored by Maine Magazine, Allagash Brewing Company, and Chickadee Wines,

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  • Birding Basics: Identifying Birds
    • Thursday Oct 20, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Identifying birds: There are 10,000 species of birds in the world — with 455 spotted in Maine — but which is the one you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail, we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Saturday Oct 29, 2016 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year, and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds and hopefully some out-of-range rarities that often frequent this area in the fall.

  • November
  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Wednesday Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    The treatment ponds at the Sanford Sewerage may be smelly, but they are magnets for waterfowl in the fall. Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a bird walk around this property to study the ducks and geese, plus the sparrows and other migrants that frequent this hot spot in the fall.

    No registration required. Meet Doug in the parking lot at the end of Gavel Road in Sanford (linked above in the “map” link).

  • Birding Basics: Finding Birds
    • Thursday Nov 3, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

  • Members’ Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday Nov 5, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories, and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!

  • Fall Native Plant Seed Sowing Workshop
    • Saturday Nov 12, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $30

    Seed propagationFall is seed sowing time in Maine!  Most native plants propagate naturally outdoors over winter, and starting native plants from seed is a fun, economical way to benefit your landscape. This workshop will focus on do-it-yourself seed propagation of native plants.

    The seeds of our native plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. This workshop will teach you how to collect and sow native seeds in a small outdoor propagation area. An individual, school, community group, or farm can produce a wide variety of perennial and woody species using the methods demonstrated in this workshop. Propagation of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns will all be covered.

    Wild-Seed-Project_brownLed by Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: The Nexus of Conservation and Agriculture
    • Wednesday Nov 16, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
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    Featuring Maine Farmland Trust’s Amanda Beal, the new executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.

    Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is dedicated to conserving Maine’s farmland, which is a critical part of our state’s heritage, economy, and way of life. Like Maine Audubon, MFT leverages education, stewardship, and advocacy in pursuit of their own conservation mission. In her talk, Ms. Beal will discuss the ways MFT is working to assure a vibrant and sustainable future for agriculture in Maine, with a focus on the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of keeping working farmland in our communities.

    mft-logo-primarystackedfullcolorAmanda Beal has been a leader in agriculture, local foods and conservation in Maine for many years. She recently took the helm at Maine Farmland Trust, whose “goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.”

    This presentation is hosted in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust. Current members of both Maine Audubon and Maine farmland Trust will enjoy the member pricing for this event.

     

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Nov 17, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Wild Goose Chase 2016
    • Saturday Nov 19, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    The agricultural fields around Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth draw hundreds of migratory geese in the fall. We will travel by van to check various locations that attract these geese and comb through the flocks to study individual variation and hopefully pick out something unique. This area regularly produces hundreds of Canada Geese, but we will also look for Snow, Cackling, and Greater White-fronted Geese, plus the potential for a rare European vagrant like the Barnacle Goose that was here in 2008 or the multiple Pink-footed Geese of 2009.
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  • December
  • Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)
    • Thursday Dec 1, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Eyes On Owls: Three Shows 2016
    • Saturday Dec 10, 2016 10:30 am – 4:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10.00 Child Members: $10.00
      Adult Non-members: $15.00 Child Non-members: $10.00

    Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species.

    People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!


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