Events & Programs: Adult

  • August
  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday Aug 2, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 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.

    Donations welcome.

  • Making the Most out of Maine’s Backyard Gardens: A Naturalist’s View
    • Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Maine Historical Society
    • Free

    Baltimore OriolePresented in partnership with Maine Historical Society (MHS).

    This garden lecture takes place at MHS, 489 Congress Street, Portland.

    How have Maine gardens changed over time? One way is the many invasive species that have entered Maine over the past decades, altering our landscapes and forcing plant species, wildlife, and humans to adapt.

    Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, joins us to talk about the history of changes to our backyard gardens, and how we can best plan for and create beneficial garden environments that attract the right kinds of creatures–including birds, favorable insects, and other wildlife. Join us for this walk-and-talk workshop in one of the loveliest garden spots in Portland.

  • Nighttime Paddle
    • Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip.

    Please call to register.


  • Unraveling Marsh Upland Mysteries
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    Join Naturalist, Josh Fecteau for a nature walk to discover the many interesting aspects of the edge habitat at the salt marsh.  Josh is a general naturalist and will be pointing out birds, shrubs, trees, edible and medicinal plants, wildflowers and whatever else happens to cross our path.   


  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday Aug 10, 2014 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a summer yoga workshop during the magical occurrence of dusk turning to evening. Om Land Yoga teachers will offer up a movement journey. We will nourish ourselves with healthy food, and go on an outdoor exploration. Beginners are welcome.

    Please call to register.



  • Maine Audubon Hosts Portland Green Drinks
    • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10 General Admission; $5 with drinking vessel

    Greendrinks LogoMaine Audubon is excited to host the August edition of Portland Green Drinks!

    Join us for great conversation, beer and networking with people interested in taking action on behalf of wildlife and the environment.

    Learn about Maine Audubon’s work in the community, including the upcoming Water Bond on the November ballot, the status of Piping Plovers and more! We will have lawn games and membership deals throughout the event. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $15

    Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still many flowers to find and observe. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Thursday Aug 21, 2014 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $17 - Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for a day 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.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 22, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 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 II
    • Saturday Aug 23, 2014 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!
    Learn more

  • September
  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 - Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Registered Maine Guide 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, 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.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay
    • Saturday Sep 13, 2014 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    When 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 sheet coming soon!

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip
    • Saturday Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $125 - Non-members: $160

    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 2014  [pdf]

  • Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $11 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $13 Child Non-members: $10

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.