Events & Programs: Adult


  • January
  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    This annual field trip explores several of greater Portland’s birding hot spots.

    Starting at Back Cove, we will scan for waterfowl, then work our way around the East End to Portland’s waterfront to check the congregations of gulls for unusual species, including: Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed. From there we will cross the bridge to Willard Beach and work our way along the Cape Elizabeth shore to Portland Head Light, Two Lights State Park and Kettle Cove (time and weather permitting).

    Expect to see loons, grebes, Great Cormorant, at least eight duck species, and other seabirds. Luck may turn up a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Brant or possibly a King Eider.

    Information packet: Wings of Winter 2015 pdf

  • Scat and Tracks
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy an afternoon exploration of animal scat and tracks that critters leave behind. Participants will learn to find and identify tracks, reading the stories they tell. 

    A limited supply of snowshoes are available. Please bring your own if you have them.

    Leader: Gudrun Keszoecze, Naturalist, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

     

     

  • February
  • Moonlit Snowshoe Hike
    • Monday Feb 2, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Roam the meadows and woods of Fields Pond under the light of the moon. Enjoy a hot drink back in the center to warm up.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 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.

  • Winter Writing Workshop: What Would a Bear Write?
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Explore your inner bear through poetry and short-story writing exercises inspired by some favorite animal-loving authors. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and the imagination as we walk along the forest edge and wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view.

    Come prepared for the weather – warm refreshments will be provided.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer and conservationist

     

  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday Feb 8, 2015 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a winter yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We’ll also get outside and enjoy some snowshoeing.

    Warm soup and hot drinks will be available. Bring extra clothing for the outdoors and snowshoes if you have them.

  • Prepping for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this annual citizen science project. This year’s count takes place February 13-16, 2015.

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come. Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an ice-free Arctic.

    Events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years are considered in this fascinating book.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Birding Basics: Attracting Birds
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to know where to go to find birds.

  • Winter Tree Identification
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Join Steve Sader for a tree identification walk. Learn how to identify evergreen conifers and hardwood trees in their leaf-off condition using clues of their size, form, habitat; buds, leaf scars, fruit and bark characteristics.

    You will also learn how to use a winter plant key to identify unknown species. Steve will demonstrate how to measure tree heights and tree diameter using simple instruments. Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.

    Leader: Steve Sader, University of Maine Forest Vegetation ID Instructor

     

  • Winter Carnival
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $Free Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $7.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • 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.

    New this year!

    We will launch the first book in our new children’s book series, A Snowy Owl Story (in partnership with Islandport Press).

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

    • Outdoor activities, including scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter
    • Snowy owls interactive display, readings and book signing
    • 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.

     

     

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside.

    The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects.

    All ages welcome!

  • Uncovering the Mysteries of Snowy Owls
    • Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00
    ​Have you ever wondered what the story is with the large, white owls that appear in the winter?  Why are there so many recently?  How far do they travel?  Where do they live the rest of the year?  Come join us for an evening unfurling some of mysteries of a silent winter predator – the snowy owl.
    Presenters:  Erynn Call Raptor Specialist, Bird Group, Maine Dept. Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and ​Sharon Fiedler, Wildlife Photographer
    Snowy Owl photo by Sharon Fiedler
  • February Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Feb 20, 2015 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.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 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.

     

     

  • Portland Patches: Gulls on the Waterfront
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    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’.

  • Busy Bees: Buzzing & Building
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Bring the whole family and learn about bees and all of the work they do to pollinate our plants. Come and check out hives and raw honey. We will also have tips on how to care for your own bees.

    Presenters: Caitlyn Barker, Bruce Barker

     

  • Maine Wildlife in a Changing Climate
    • Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    “The warning signs are getting harder to ignore.”

    That’s a direct quote from a recent article in the Boston Globe about climate change impacts in Maine.

    Maine Audubon’s biologists, citizen scientists and staff closely monitor and study our wildlife and habitat and we know that climate change is already having a devastating impact on Maine wildlife.

    Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, as we share some of our key findings about the effects of climate change on wildlife and what we are doing to help Maine wildlife foster resistance and resiliency to climate change.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Extinctions in America – Lessons from the Past & for the Present
    • Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    The Narrow EdgeFeaturing Eddie Woodin and Deborah Cramer

    2014 marked the centennial of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. It will also be remembered as the year of the federal government’s listing of the Red Knot bird as a threatened species. Join us for an interactive presentation about the lessons we have learned (or should have learned) from the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction and what the future portends for the Red Knot.

    Eddie Woodin, conservationist and local art collector, will present several of his pieces related to the Passenger Pigeon and discuss the Pigeon’s 100-year legacy for wildlife conservation.

    Deborah Cramer, author of forthcoming book, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey (Yale University Press), will share her research about the declining numbers of the federally threatened Red Knot and her perspective on the bird’s plight and what it means for the future of wildlife conservation.

    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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    About Eddie Woodin
    Eddie Woodin has been a birder since age 8. At an early age, he read Birds of New York and Birds of Massachusetts and was mesmerized by the illustrations. He dreamed of the day when he would see in person many of these bird paintings.

    For the last 14 years, Woodin has amassed over 700 original bird paintings and thousands of pieces of ephemera. This material has helped to create an historical perspective of the bird conservation movement. Woodin is considered a historical bird expert and welcomes opportunities to encourage people to become bird and wildlife stewards.

    About Deborah Cramer
    Deborah Cramer lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she awaits the spring return of alewives into tidal creeks and the migration of shorebirds through the marshes and sand flats near her home. She writes about science, nature and the environment, and is currently a visiting scholar at MIT.

    She has written three books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World and the forthcoming The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & and an Epic Journey, about the near-miraculous 19,000 mile annual odyssey of red knots along the length of the earth. She has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teacher’s organizations and at undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism.

     

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • March
  • Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
    • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be singing. Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Mar 14, 2015 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.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Climate Change Update – Maine Wildlife in Trouble
    • Wednesday Mar 25, 2015 – Wednesday Feb 25, 2015
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    BullMoose_CREDIT_DonnaDewhurstJoin us for a panel discussion to learn about the latest threats to Maine wildlife and plant species. Maine Audubon biologists and regional experts will discuss:

    * Which species are most vulnerable and why
    * How sea level rise affects Piping Plovers, Least Terns and other shorebirds
    * Pests and diseases and their effects on moose and loons
    * Threatened habitats
    How warming waters are affecting many of our cold water fish, like brook trout and Atlantic Salmon

    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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  • Birding Basics: Making it Count
    • Thursday Mar 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 6: Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Abagadasset River Mouth
    • 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.

    *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
  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds, and hopefully some of our early returning southern migrants.

  • Speaker Series: Earth Day Film Festival 2015
    • Wednesday Apr 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $8

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

    Food and drink starts at 6:30 pm. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat!

    Films:

    The list of films is coming soon!

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  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 24, 2015 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

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    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
  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
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  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    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 25, 2015 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 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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  • July
  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 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.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 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.

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 18, 2015 – Saturday Jul 26, 2014
      7:30 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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  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday Jul 25, 2015 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.

  • August
  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Aug 9, 2015 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