Events & Programs: Adult


  • September
  • Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga
    • Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 – Wednesday Nov 19, 2014
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome.

    Leader: Holly Twining, certified yoga instructor

  • Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins: A Story of Extinction & Survival
    • Thursday Sep 4, 2014 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5.00

    Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society Present:

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeon, Jada Fitch.

    Passenger Pigeons, Puffins & Plovers: A Story of Extinction & Survival

    September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last surviving Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon’s population in 1814 was estimated to be 3.5 billion. There are countless first- person stories about skies turning black with pigeons in the nineteenth century. Why did such an abundant species go extinct in less than one hundred years?

    Learn why this bird went extinct, what other wildlife we lost over the past 100 years and what you can do today to protect endangered species. You will also learn about successful comeback stories like the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagle. What are our endangered species today? Learn what actions you can take to ensure that our wildlife species are here for generations to come.

    Free for members of Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society.

    • $5 general admission.
    • Cash bar and light food.
    • Come see a Passenger Pigeon mount from Maine Audubon’s collections!

    All participants receive a Passenger Pigeon origami to fold! Learn more at Fold the Flock.

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  • Raptor Identification
    • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    With our annual Hawk Watch right around the corner, join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist, as he prepares you for the fall migration of hawks. Near or far, raptors can be an identification challenge. Doug will explain techniques for identifying hawks, eagles, and falcons by size, color, and gestalt. We will also look at how weather and timing play important roles in a productive day hawk-watching.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Galapagos by Henry Nicholls
    • Thursday Sep 11, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. Henry Nicholls offers a lively history of the archipelago, charting its evolution from deserted wilderness to scientific resource and global ecotourism hot spot.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

     

     

     

  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 - Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts 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, 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.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Sep 13, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay
    • Saturday Sep 13, 2014 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    When 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 2014 [pdf]

  • Hawk Watch
    • Sunday Sep 14, 2014 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Venture up to Cadillac Mountain to watch amazing migrating raptors. Get expert help identifying accipiters, buteos, and falcons. Bring binos, water, and lunch.

    Please call FPAC to register.

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip
    • Saturday Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $125 - Non-members: $160

    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 2014  [pdf]

    To help prep for this trip, local bird expert, Louis Bevier, will give a ‘Pelagic Primer‘ workshop on September 16th, the Tuesday evening before the trip. More information is available here.

  • Fall Wildflower Walk
    • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Join Maine Master Naturalist, Clare Cole, on an exploration of late season wildflowers.

  • Artist Reception: Celebrating Michael Vermette’s Paintings
    • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for light refreshments as we gather with Michael Vermette to celebrate his work.

     

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekened: Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $11 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $13 Child Non-members: $10

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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  • October
  • An Evening with John Bunker
    • Friday Oct 3, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

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    john-bunker1As part of our annual Apple Day celebration, we are pleased to present John Bunker, author of Not so Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchard of Palermo, Maine. Bunker will share a history of apple trees in Maine, how orchards help bees and other pollinators and how you can plant a successful apple tree in your yard.

    We will also have heirloom apples and hard cider from a variety of local vendors. 21+ (Please bring ID).

  • Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape prepares for winter.

    Moments of internal reflection, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered.

    Please bring your lunch.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle

     

     

  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Fall evenings at Fields Pond are magical. Bundle up and join us for a guided exploration of the nocturnal world that most of us never experience. The moon may even make an appearance.

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
    • Thursday Oct 9, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    “There was a time when universe meant all there is,” writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos.

    A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Dress for the weather.

  • Fall Work Party
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Please call for details.

    If you have a group that you’d like to set up for a Work Party on a different date, let us know.

  • Birds To Bears At Nome
    • Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Come and experience Alaska – the expanses of tundra covering the plains, hills and mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for birding and wildlife adventures.

    Maine travelers marveled at the brilliant breeding plumages of 75 species of birds, and were astonished by the herds of reindeer and muskox grazing the tundra. Bird species and large grazers, as well as grizzly bears were photographed from a safe distance.

    Presenters: Ron and Lee Davis, Al and Nancy Larson

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Saturday Oct 25, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Cyndi and Holly for a get together; we want to thank you for all of the great work you do for the nature center. Enjoy socializing, refreshments, and a nature walk. Family members are welcome!

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront.

    Please dress for the weather.

  • Drawing from Nature
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $10/Family
    Use the natural world as your inspiration! Join Maine Master Naturalist, Connie Tuller, for a walk to collect some simple things, leaves, dead bark, etc., then we’ll draw with pencil and markers.
    Materials will be provided, or bring something of your own that you want to work with. Connie will show examples of what we can do beforehand. All experience levels are welcome.
  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday Nov 9, 2014 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a fall yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration.

    Beginners are welcome.      

  • Maine Audubon Night at Bayside Bowl
    • Monday Nov 10, 2014 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Bayside Bowl
    • Free

    JBayside Bowloin us for a great night of food, drinks and bowling at Bayside Bowl!

    Bayside Bowl will donate 5% of profits from the bar and dinner. Bring your friends and family and have a great meal, enjoy some drinks and learn about Maine Audubon. We have a few lanes reserved for those who would like to bowl. Please contact us!

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum 
    • Thursday Nov 13, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    In this delightful and comprehensive account, Rosenblum tells us about his travels throughout the Mediterranean countries, where the fruit is grown, in search of the olive’s history and horticulture. The book is rich in details of the characters of growers he met, where much of their joys and sorrows center around the crops. Rosenblum also explores the national and international politics that affect the trade.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc).