Events & Programs: Adult


  • May
  • Freeport Birding Festival
    • Friday May 27, 2016 – Sunday May 29, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:00 pm
    • L.L.Bean
    • Free

    We are very excited to partner with L.L. Bean for the Second Annual Freeport Birding Festival. We will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginner and expert birders of all ages. More details coming soon.

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 30, 2016 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 preregistration
    • $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
  • Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
    • Saturday Jun 4, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    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. 

  • Know Your Seabirds 2016
    • Wednesday Jun 8, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a couple days before so you’ll be ready to identify everything that we see during the trip. This will be a great chance to brush up on the differences between Arctic and Common Terns, or learn how to pick Common Murres out of groups of Razorbills.

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 10, 2016 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 - Non-members: $100

    WatchingRAZOs A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
    Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

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    Information packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf] Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Native Plant Walk at Rachel Carson NWR
    • Saturday Jun 11, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Rachel Carson NWR, Wells
    • Price: Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members Non-members: $8

    Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, will lead a native plant walk at Rachel Carson NWR in Wells.

    Presented in partnership with the Wild Seed Project.

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  • Wild Edibles
    • Saturday Jun 11, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $15.00 - Non-members: $22.00

    Wild Edibles 

    ​This workshop​ will include walking the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. Please be prepared for the weather and for a moderate amount of physical activity.

    David Spahr has been foraging for 60 years. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada and a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc​iation. ​

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 31, 2016
      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.

  • Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
    • Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Member Adult and Member Child - Free, Non-Member Adult $7, Non-Member Child $7
    • Children under 2 free
    Peony and Kids Maine Audubon relies on the support of our members, donors and volunteers to carry out our mission of wildlife conservation and education.

    Our Peony Circle of Friends honors those members who have supported us for over twenty years. We invite you to celebrate this special group of supporters at the 2016 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.

    We invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy the start of summer at Maine Audubon!

    Learn more about the Peonies at Gilsland Farm »

    Sponsored by:

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  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2016
    • Saturday Jun 18, 2016 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 6 a.m.)

    In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine.  On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.

    There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 6 a.m. with an 11 a.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Kennebunk Plains.

    Information packet: Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains (2016) [pdf]

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

  • 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.

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

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
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  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Thursday Jul 7, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    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

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    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

    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.


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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: An Evening with Bernd Heinrich
    • Thursday Jul 14, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    Bernd Heinrich

    Bernd Heinrich

    Maine Audubon is pleased to present acclaimed naturalist and author, Bernd Heinrich, for our July Speaker Series. He will discuss the mysterious and often puzzling behavior of several bird species he has encountered over the years.

    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.

  • 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.
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  • 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
  • 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
    • Daily
    • 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.

  • September
  • 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

  • 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 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!