Events & Programs: Adult


  • December
  • Christmas Bird Count
    • Saturday Dec 20, 2014 – Saturday Jan 3, 2015
      7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Be a birder, covering a piece of territory within the Bird Count Circle. Or, be a feeder-watcher. If you live inside either circle, and have a bird feeder, you can count your birds for about an hour. Then email or call in how many of each species came to your feeder.

    Orono-Old Town Christmas Bird Count:  Saturday, December 20

    Bangor-Bucksport Christmas Count:  Saturday, January 3

     

  • January
  • Beavers in Winter
    • Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/ind; $8.00/family

    Start the New Year off right – join Maine Master Naturalist, Christy Stout, to learn about beavers.

    Did you know that beavers don’t hibernate? How do they survive the winter? What is life like locked under the ice? Discover more about this amazing creature, it’s family life and the challenges they face each winter.

    All ages are welcome – family friendly!

     

     

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday Jan 8, 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 1: Tools of the Trade – Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, and much more.

     

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Jan 10, 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.

    Dress for the weather.

  • January is for FOYs 2015
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    With the start of the year it is time to begin a new “year list”– a list of all this birds that you see within a year. Birders casually refer to a bird that they have seen for the first time in a year as a “FOY” (ˈfȯi), short for First of Year. Traveling by van, we will devote the day to seeing as many bird species, or as many FOYs, as we can and have a good start to our year lists. There will not be any set route for this trip as we will go where the birds are but we will mostly be staying in the southern and coastal region.

  • Winter Work Party
    • Saturday Jan 10, 2015 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. Lunch will be provided. Please call for details.

    If you have a group that you’d like to set up for a Work Party on a different date, let us know.

     

  • Portland Patches: Back Cove
    • Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Back Cove, 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.

    Back Cove offers a variety of birds to enjoy, especially in the winter: ducks, gulls, and this year has a good chance for a Snowy Owl! Not a bad way to start a patch list.

    Meet our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, in the parking lot off Preble Street in Portland (see the map link above). From here you’ll bird the Back Cove area and see what amazing birds occur so close to a bustling city.

  • Winter Birding in Greater Bangor
    • Saturday Jan 17, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Jerry Smith for a four-hour excursion around greater Bangor looking for wintering feathered friends. Pre-trip scouting will determine where we go and what we might see. We’ll hope for waxwings, winter finches and waterfowl.

    Snow date: Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Trip Leader: Jerry Smith

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Being “Stream-Smart:” Culverts and Wildlife
    • Thursday Jan 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Streams are important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 85% of wildlife species either live in or use aquatic habitats throughout the year to breed, travel, and find food and water.

    But in Maine, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, river otters and other wildlife get “stuck” at decaying, undersized stream culverts. One of the least visible elements of our build infrastructure, stream culverts allow roads to cross Maine’s vast network of streams. Surveys show that up to 90% of Maine culvert crossings make movement difficult or impossible for wildlife at least part of the year. When wildlife habitat is fragmented like this, it can result in population declines and the loss of species.

    Join Barbara Charry, biologist with Maine Audubon, to learn about Stream-Smart culvert designs and how we can connect fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.

     

  • Birding Basics: Identify Birds
    • Thursday Jan 22, 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 2: Identifying birds – There are 10,000 birds in the world, 455 have occurred in Maine, but which is the 1 you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 - Non-members: $40

    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 coming soon!

  • Family Snowshoe Tour
    • Saturday Jan 24, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/family

    Join us for a guided ramble through the meadows and woods of Fields Pond Audubon Center. We will search for tracks and stories in the snow. Gentle pace; all ages welcome. Snowshoes available in limited quantities. Please bring your own if you have them.   

  • 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).

    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    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.

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  • 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!

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • April
  • 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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