Events & Programs: Gilsland Farm


20 Gilsland Farm Road [Map]
Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330
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  • September
  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016
    • Saturday Sep 10, 2016 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    bald eagleWhen Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles!

    We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

    Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016 [pdf]

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

  • Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen
    • Saturday Sep 10, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    A joint offering with Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project

    cohen-mushroomSouthern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I have Known…and Eaten to learn about at least two dozen species of native edible plants to non-native weeds and invasive species.

    Depending on the weather, several edible mushrooms may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species, preparations methods, and safe guidelines for use and ecologically-responsible foraging will be covered.

     

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2016
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $135 - Non-members: $175

    Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

    Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, a rare great skua, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, razorbills, common murres, five different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna.

    Important information about this trip: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2016

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

  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 9:15am)
    • Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday Nov 8, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90.00 Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


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  • Family Fun: Signs of Fall (Tuesdays 10:30 am)
    • Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 – Tuesday Nov 8, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $90.00 Child Non-members: $130.00
    • Children under 2 free

    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. Come prepared to adventure outside!


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  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 23, 2016 – Sunday Sep 25, 2016
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $300 - Non-members: $360
    Borestone Mountain

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join expert naturalist Gary Roberts and Carole Brush on a trip to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake.

    On this weekend retreat we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.

    The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

    Optional activities will include taking moderate hikes to Borestone’s bare granite summit and to Peregrine Ridge where we will enjoy panoramic views of Maine’s vast northern forest. There will also be swimming and canoeing in the sanctuary’s mountain ponds, or if you prefer, just relaxing on the lodge porch with a good book.

    Price for the weekend includes room and board, and meals.
    Information packets coming soon!

  • 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 and learn about bats, bees, pollinator habitat, and more! Learn how you can help bats and wildlife right in your own backyard.


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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
    • Thursday Oct 13, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Orono Bog Boardwalk in early morn fog

    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.

  • 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.

    Wild-Seed-Project_brownThe 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.

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

  • 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

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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!