Events & Programs: Adult


  • February
  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Feb 4, 2017 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

  • National Bird Feeding Month Celebration!
    • Saturday Feb 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Join Maine Audubon in celebrating National Bird Feeding month!

    Offering birds food and water nurtures them through the harsh winter, and allows us to observe them up close. It also provides an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the natural world right outside our windows. Visit our Nature Store at Gilsland Farm for tips and resources to help you transform your backyard into a bird sanctuary.

    We will be offering informal talks throughout the day on topics like:

    • Selecting the right feeders and food for different species
    • The importance of providing a source of clean water
    • Baffling those pesky squirrels
    • …and more!

    Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will be on hand to answer your questions. We will also be selling winter bird seed at reduced prices and sampling our new bird-friendly coffees!

    For Maine Audubon Members Only: Double discount (20% savings) on all bird feeders and bird feeder accessories.

  • Birding with your Smartphone
    • Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join us for an evening talk about how the smartphone has become one of the most important tools for birding recently. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • Intro to Wildlife Photography
    • Saturday Feb 11, 2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 2.35.28 PMPhotography offers endless opportunities and often new avenues to connect with nature. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a workshop on nature photography to learn tips and techniques on how to take great photos of wildlife and the scenes you may find (or create). This two hour workshop will begin inside to cover essentials from shooting techniques, ethical practices, and basic photo editing before going outside to explore Gilsland Farm and test your newly learned skills.

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

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Birding Basics for your Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10
    • Children under 12 free

    This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 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 though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in. 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 18 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 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 though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in.

    Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for trip around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart. Our first stop will be at the boat launch at the Eastern Promenade (see map link above).

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Members free, Nonmembers $7
    • Children under 2 free

    wintercarnival-rotatorCelebrate winter with Maine Audubon! Join us for our fourth annual winter carnival and enjoy outdoor and hands-on activities for all ages. Plus, learn how you can become a citizen scientist and help protect wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    We’ll have a scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station, and giant snow shelter. You can rent snowshoes and explore the trails at Gilsland Farm and enjoy arts & crafts activities indoors. There will be music, refreshments, and more!

    FREE for Maine Audubon members.

  • February Live Wildlife Show 2017
    • Friday Feb 24, 2017 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.

  • March
  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 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 11, 2017 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

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Emerging Spring
    • Thursday Mar 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Learn how plants and animals are coping with winter’s final days and what signs of emerging spring are already upon us.

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Thursday Mar 23, 2017 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 on March 25th 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.

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • 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 23 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

  • May
  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 29, 2017 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: See details below for price

    Run or walk at one of the most scenic and special places in Maine and support the Scarborough Marsh – the Audubon Center and the Eastern Trail Alliance.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center on Route 9. A 1K Fun Run for kids started at 8:30 a.m.
    Entry fee:
    • $16 pre-registration
    • $19 race day registration
    • $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)

    Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.

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  • June
  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 – Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

     

  • July
  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 22, 2017 6:30 am – 10:30 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.
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  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 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.

  • August
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 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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  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 25, 2017 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