Events & Programs: Adult


  • June
  • Signs of the Season Training: Loon Phenology – Belgrade
    • Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Maine Lakes Resource Center
    • Free

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    Signs of the Seasons is looking to add more data around loon phenology in Maine, and we hope loon count volunteers can help! Information on the timing of migration, mating and the appearance of chicks will aid in forming an accurate picture of loon populations in Maine.

    Interested volunteers will attend a training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    To register for this training, please click here or call Pam Doherty at 207-832-0343.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy
    • Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home."

    Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home.”

    Bringing Nature Home

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    Dr. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

    Bringing Nature Home Book JacketWe will also have copies of Bringing Nature Home available for purchase in our Nature Store.

    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

    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 Maine Magazine 

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  • July
  • Buterfly Walk
    • Saturday Jul 2, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $3 which goes to the North American Butterfly Count. Children are free

    Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. Counts are held nationwide and supply important data about declines or increases in butterfly populations.  All ages welcome.

    Anyone interested in counting (and identifying) butterflies on that date elsewhere within the count circle should contact Pat Snyder for details at 567-3137 or [email protected].

  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jul 3, 2016 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Wednesday Jul 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 9, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Biodieversityday

    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 10, 2016 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds. Advance registration required.  Register on our website for this trip.
    Learn more

  • Portland Green Drinks
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10 General Admission; $5 with drinking vessel

    Greendrinks LogoMaine Audubon is excited to host the July edition of Portland Green Drinks featuring nonprofit partner The Telling Room.

    Join us for great conversation, beer and networking with people interested in taking action on behalf of wildlife and the environment. We will have great membership deals, a plover photo booth and more!

    Come on out to Gilsland Farm and enjoy a beautiful evening with Maine Audubon.

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  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Wednesday Jul 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $17 - Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for an evening of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Nexus of Science & Art
    • Thursday Jul 14, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Bernd Heinrich

    Bernd Heinrich

    Dr. Heinrich has spent decades studying birds and other wildlife, and sharing his findings and reflections in bestselling books. Dr. Heinrich is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, painter, and sketch artist. By weaving together stories of his artwork and his field research, Dr. Heinrich will connect the scientific pursuits of biology and ecology with various forms of artistic expression.

    Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all ages.

    About Bernd Heinrich:

    Mr. Heinrich is the author of more than 20 books, including his most recent publication, The Honing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. His forthcoming book, “One Wild Bird at a Time,” will be published in spring 2016. He is Professor Emereti at the University of Vermont.

    Since retiring in 2004, he has written several books, including: The Snoring Bird, The Summer World, Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds and the Evolution of Monogamy and Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death.

    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.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2016
    • Friday Jul 15, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic PuffinWith its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise I [pdf]

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour at Fields Pond
    • Sunday Jul 17, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Experience the sights and sounds of Fields Pond under the full moon. Watch for loons along the bank or bald eagles flying back to the nearby island for the evening. We may even see porcupine, mink, and deer at water’s edge.

    Arrive no later than 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call 989-2591

    Contact: [email protected] or

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
    Learn more

  • July Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Jul 23, 2016 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. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Tuesday Jul 26, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    Join us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday Jul 30, 2016 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2016
    • Saturday Aug 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday Aug 17, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 781-2330 ext 213 or e-mail [email protected]

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  • SPEAKER SERIES: Live Birds of Prey
    • Thursday Aug 18, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Great Horned Owl - Jon Nelson - Flickr Creative CommonsFeaturing Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings

    Live animal shows aren’t just for kids! Join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening featuring some of our favorite Maine raptors, including the majestic Queen Solomon, a Great Horned Owl. Sip on complimentary beer from Allagash Brewing Company and wine from Chickadee Wines and enjoy assorted appetizers. This event is 21+.

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

    Featuring: Hope Douglas & the team at Wind Over Wings

    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.

     

     

  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds and help us document all present species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, we divide the marsh among groups of monitors. Depending on the assignment, some surveys are on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!.

    The morning will start with a brief introduction. After that, monitors will disperse to their assigned sections.IMG_2848

     

  • Kayak Tour
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $13.00 - Non-members: $15

    Carole (2)Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.  Deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak.  Must be 16 or older.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Aug 25, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    SunsetJoin us for a guided canoe tour at sunset and explore the marsh at this beautiful time of day. You will see the reflection of the setting sun on the calm waters of the Dunstan River, observe the herons and shorebirds flying back to their roosts and enjoy the sounds of the evening marsh. This time of day is known as the “golden hour” and as the sun sets on the marsh, you will be able to experience its beauties in a new light.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 29, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    IMG_8331Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.

  • b. good Fundraiser
    • Monday Aug 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

    Come eat and be merry at b.good Restaurant in Portland, and support the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center! Proceeds from purchases will be donated to the Marsh.  Bring all your friends, family, and fellow sanctuary supporters for b.good’s Community Night.  Our own Shanna Underwood will be singing! The restaurant is located on 15 Exchange Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-747-5355.  The fundraiser runs from 6-9.

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  • Brook Trout in Maine
    • Wednesday Aug 31, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Emily Bastian will present a summary of the Brook Trout Survey including: this year’s data and how it is being used, what Maine’s next steps are for maintaining and improving stream health for our precious native brook trout population, and how volunteers can contribute.

  • September
  • Night Hike at Fields Pond
    • Friday Sep 9, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of a calming evening hike along the edge of Fields Pond followed by some stargazing along our return to the Center.

  • 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.

    Information packet coming soon.

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

  • September Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 10, 2016 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. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

  • 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

  • Mushroom Workshop with David Spahr
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $27

    Join local favorite David Spahr as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity while outdoors.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

  • 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
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    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join expert naturalists George Libby and 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. 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!