Events & Programs: Adult


  • February
  • Nature & Birding Talks: Winter Ecology
    • Wednesday Feb 10, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories.

  • Book Discussion Group: February
    • Thursday Feb 11, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Joyce Rumery has been leading this book discussion group for many years. All are welcomed and encouraged to discover the satisfaction of reading and sharing with others. Feed your mind and soul at the Orono Library on the second Thursday of each month*. New participants are always welcome.

    February 11

    Potter, Jennifer. Seven Flowers: and how they shaped our world. 2014 320p.

    For Potter, the seven flowers in this book share “a complex and contrary history” from the tulip used as a tool for financial speculation to the sunflower, whose stature put it out of favor with gardeners while inspiring artists and writers.

     

  • Naturalist Series: Winter Ecology
    • Thursday Feb 11, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories.

  • Winter Bird-feeding Workshop
    • Friday Feb 12, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00
    • Materials: $10.00 payable night of program

    Bring your sweetheart or bring your own sweet self to an informational and fun program to learn about the selection, proper care and maintenance of bird feeders to make your backyard the center of attraction. We’ll even make feeders to take home just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb.12-15. $10 materials fee payable at program will include all supplies needed to construct your feeder.

  • “Bird Identification Made Easy!” by Bob Duchesne
    • Friday Feb 12, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Grand Lake Stream School Building, 15 Water Street, Grand Lake Stream
    • Free

    Pileated Woodpecker in GLS

    The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be hosting a “Winter Birding Weekend,” celebrating the Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists!

    On Friday, February 12, join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust as we introduce the Great Backyard Bird Count with a special program led by renowned birder and founder of the Maine Birding Trail, Bob Duchesne. After a brief introduction to the Great Backyard Bird Count, Mr. Duchesne will lead a presentation entitled, “Bird Identification Made Easy.” Learn the many tricks of the birding trade to help identify the numerous species that might arrive in your backyard!

    Here is a sample list of birds in the Downeast Lakes region – DLLT Bird Checklist.

    For more information, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

  • Winter Bird Walk – Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Fundy Audubon
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Grand Lake Stream School Building, 15 Water Street, Grand Lake Stream
    • Free

    Snow Bunting

    The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be hosting a “Winter Birding Weekend,” celebrating the Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In 2015, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists!

    On Saturday, February 13, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Fundy Chapter of Maine Audubon are leading a “Winter Bird Walk” in Grand Lake Stream, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will be reporting all sightings and bird activity to the Great Backyard Bird Count to support this international event. Come out to support citizen science, meet experienced birders, and enjoy the mid-winter beauty of the Downeast Lakes region.

    This walk is for people of all ages and skill levels and birdwatchers should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8 am.

    For more information, please contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207)796-2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 13, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    Winter Kids OutsideJoin 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.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    10 am – 2 pm
    Free for members
    $7/general admission

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowshoe rentals
    • Indoor arts & crafts
    • Learn about summer programs and citizen science projects
    • Music, refreshments & more!

    Maine Audubon’s Winter Carnival is a featured event of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Feb 19, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

    Join us for our annual winter live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

  • Scat and Tracks – ID Workshop
    • Saturday Feb 20, 2016 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Winter is a great time to learn how to identify different species by the signs they leave behind. A fresh veil of snow can make tracks and scat especially easy to find and interpret. Join our staff naturalist for a brief slideshow indoors before we take a walk around Gilsland Farm to see what animals signs have been left behind.

  • Uncovering the Mystery of Snowy Owls
    • Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $5.00 Child Members: $5.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $5.00

    Have you ever wondered about these large white owls from the North? Why are there so many recently? How far do they travel? Where are they coming from? Join Maine Audubon’s Doug Hitchcox for an enlightening evening to unfurl the mysteries of this silent winter predator: the Snowy Owl.

    Snowy Owl by Sharon FiedlerSharon Fiedler will be complementing our informational program with photographs like this one and stories of the Snowy Owl from a nature photographer’s perspective.

  • Stream-Smart Training Workshop 2016 – Wells
    • Wednesday Feb 24, 2016 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wells Reserve, Mather Audutorium, 342 Laudholm Road
    • Price: $35.00

    This workshop will be helpful for preparing Water Bond grant applications. The workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream.

    Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.

    *Free scholarships available for Penobscot Watershed Towns

     

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 25, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify. To quote Steve N.G. Howell, “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” 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 27 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Friday Feb 26, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. In this class we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 27, 2016 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify. To paraphrase Steve N.G. Howell: “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart.

    p.s. We will finish near Becky’s Diner, so if participants want to warm up with a cup of coffee and keep talking gulls, please join us for this ‘extension’.

  • March
  • Stream-Smart Training Workshop 2016 – Howland
    • Tuesday Mar 1, 2016 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Howland Town Office
    • Price: $35.00

    This workshop will be helpful for preparing Water Bond grant applications. The workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream.

    Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.

    *Free scholarships available for Penobscot Watershed Towns

     

  • eBird Primer
    • Wednesday Mar 9, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 12, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • 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

  • Book Discussion Group: March
    • Thursday Mar 17, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Joyce Rumery has been leading this book discussion group for many years. All are welcomed and encouraged to discover the satisfaction of reading and sharing with others. Feed your mind and soul at the Orono Library on the second Thursday of each month*. New participants are always welcome.

    March 17* (not second Thursday)

    Royte, Elizabeth. The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rainforest. 2011. 336p.

    Royte spent a year living and working with the rainforest researchers on Barrow Colorado Island in the Panama Canal. Royte describes these researchers and their work as well as the historical research done on the island and the history of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

     

  • Stream-Smart Training Workshop 2016 – Bangor
    • Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Bangor Banquet & Conference Center
    • Price: $35.00

    This workshop will be helpful for preparing Water Bond grant applications. The workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream.

    Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.

    *Free scholarships available for Penobscot Watershed Towns

     

  • Birding Basics: Making It Count
    • Thursday Mar 24, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. One of the most valuable resources available to birders is eBird.org. In this course we will learn how to use this database and also contribute our sightings to this world wide citizen science project.

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Wednesday Mar 30, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    If it swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? But did you know there have actually been 45 species of ducks (plus geese and swans) seen in Maine! In this workshop our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will discuss the natural history of this family, the finer points of identifying these species, where and when to see them.

    This workshop is highly recommended for anyone coming on the Learn the Ansers Field Trip the following morning but anyone with an interest in this diverse family should attend.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

  • April
  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 30 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

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

  • Fields Pond: Poetry Coffeehouse
    • Wednesday Apr 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Wed. April 6 7-8pm. – In celebration of National Poetry Month, join word enthusiasts at Fields Pond Audubon Center for an informal evening of poetry. Share your favorite nature or environmental poem. Your poem could be obscure, well-known, or one you wrote yourself. If you prefer just come to listen to the beauty of poetry about nature. Bring a snack to share. Warm beverages will be served. 

     

  • EARLY SPRING WATERFOWL
    • Saturday Apr 9, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Many ducks return to the area as soon as ice is out. Pre-trip scouting will determine our itinerary but may include the Orrington marsh, Fields Pond, Brewer Lake, the Penobscot River, Essex Woods, and the Penjajawoc Marsh. Little walking involved.

    Location: Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center

    Saturday, April 9, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Leader: Jerry Smith

    Cost: Free Donations welcome. Please call 989-2591 to let us know you’re coming.

  • Stream-Smart Training Workshop 2016 – Whitneyville
    • Tuesday Apr 12, 2016 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Hillgrove Community Center
    • Price: $35.00

    This workshop will be helpful for preparing Water Bond grant applications. The workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream.

    Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.

    *Free scholarships available for Penobscot Watershed Towns

     

  • Speaker Series: Earth Day Film Festival 2016
    • Thursday Apr 21, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join Maine Audubon for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Maine Audubon members receive a discounted entrance fee. Join us for a fun evening of food, drink and conservation films!

    Food and drink starts at 6:00 pm. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat!

    Films:

    Coming soon! 

    Want to get the amazing $10 member admission? Join Maine Audubon today and be the first to learn about future events like this.

    About the Speaker Series

    Maine Audubon’s new monthly speaker series presents interactive lectures and discussions designed to stimulate conversation and concern around critical wildlife and habitat issues. The series features the region’s leading conservation experts to share research and propose solutions.

    Sponsored by:

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  • April Live Wildlife Show 2016
    • Friday Apr 22, 2016 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

    Join us for our annual spring live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

     

  • May
  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5

    Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.

    Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center  in Falmouth.  Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities.  Door prizes and resources are Canada Warbler in the handalso being distributed.  Click here for more information and to register.

    What is bird banding?

    Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint

     

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 – Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    IMG_2848The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more. We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • June
  • Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
    • Saturday Jun 4, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very flashy so they can be challenging to recognize. John Wyatt will lead a tour through Prospect and Frankfort with stops at the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens. In addition to the more common sparrows we’ll look for Vespers and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Meet up is 7 am at public parking lot in Winterport next to antique store. Register online in advance.   

    7:00a-12p Saturday June 4.