Events & Programs: Adult


  • October
  • Film Screening: Urban & Suburban Meadows
    • Thursday Oct 6, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    meadowscapingJoin us for a screening of the 60-minute film Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.

    The independent film outlines the problems caused by the extensive planting of pesticide-ridden, non-native grass lawns across America.

    But there are other landscaping choices. Why not give meadowscaping a try and replace the chemically maintained monoculture of a lawn with an urban or suburban meadow that can support an amazing diversity of life?

    In the film, meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weanerand Neil Diboll, walk the viewer through meadow site preparation, design, planting and maintenance. Plus, Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, explains the intricate connection between native plants, native insects, and the soil food web.

    There will be a discussion following the screening.

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday Oct 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    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, camera recommendations, and much more.

  • The Big Sit! 2016
    • Saturday Oct 8, 2016 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country!Big Sit

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you want during the day, no need to sign up ahead of time. Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join us for the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise. Click here to read more about The Big Sit!

    Contact: Linda Woodard – (207) 781-2330 x213 or [email protected]

  • Bogs and Fens: New England’s Most Pristine Ecosystems
    • Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Orono Bog Boardwalk in early morn fog

    The Orono Bog Boardwalk as it passes through a grove of black spruces. Ron Davis photo.

    Join us for a presentation by Ronald B. Davis, author of Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. 

    Dr. Davis will talk about the unique features of wetlands underlain by deep water-saturated peat, and the carnivorous plants, orchids, and uncommon bird species supported by these fascinating ecosystems.

    Dr. Ronald B. Davis is an emeritus professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, and the Climate Change Institute of University of Maine. He is an ecologist and naturalist who has taught about, researched, and published on the ecology and paleoecology of several of Maine’s major ecosystem types including peatlands, and on the impacts of acidic precipitation and land use practices on lakes in New England and Norway.

  • Guided Boundary Hike of Fields Pond Audubon Center Property
    • Friday Oct 14, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    fields-pond-trail1-500x333Join Fields Pond staff on an off-trail adventure on our property. Each year we walk the boundary of our 220-acre sanctuary to ensure access remains clear and well signed. Plan for a four-hour hike in moderate conditions. Fields Pond educators will provide interpretation around the diverse habitats we encounter, signs of resident wildlife and history of the Fields Pond.

    This program is free of charge, but advance registration is requested.  Contact Fields Pond to learn more and sign up.

  • Hunter’s Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Sunday Oct 16, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    October features the Hunter’s Moon.

    Come and enjoy a dusky moonlit hike as darkness descends upon us and the Hunter’s Moon rises. Prepare to be enchanted by the sights and sounds only a full moon in October can bring.

  • Birding Basics: Identifying Birds
    • Thursday Oct 20, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Identifying birds: There are 10,000 species of birds in the world — with 455 spotted in Maine — but which is the one 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.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Saturday Oct 29, 2016 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 out-of-range rarities that often frequent this area in the fall.

  • November
  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Wednesday Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    The treatment ponds at the Sanford Sewerage may be smelly, but they are magnets for waterfowl in the fall. Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a bird walk around this property to study the ducks and geese, plus the sparrows and other migrants that frequent this hot spot in the fall.

    No registration required. Meet Doug in the parking lot at the end of Gavel Road in Sanford (linked above in the “map” link).

  • Birding Basics: Finding Birds
    • Thursday Nov 3, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can 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 find birds.

  • Members’ Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday Nov 5, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Gilsland Farm Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store features books, bird feeders, toys, clothing, accessories, and hundreds of other items (discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces).

    Free gift wrapping included!

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!

  • Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Nov 5, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Volunteers wanted for a fall day of service at Fields Pond.  Individuals, families, and groups are welcome for routine seasonal maintenance and upkeep of our trails, building and grounds.

    All tools and supplies will be provided. Bring your own lunch; snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a service day on a different date.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Thursday Nov 10, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    All Fields Pond volunteers are invited to attend an evening celebration to honor the time and effort they devote to making Fields Pond Audubon Center the best it can be. Education volunteers, front desk docents, property stewards, and volunteer naturalists are all welcome. Bring a guest. Please call Fields Pond to RSVP.

  • Beaver Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Monday Nov 14, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    November features the Beaver Moon.

    The Beaver Moon, also called the Frost moon, earned its nickname because its arrival meant it was time to set beaver traps before the hard freeze in order to ensure a sufficient supply of warm winter furs. Whether you wear your furs or not, this evening hike will be sure to remind us winter is on its way. Dress warmly!

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Nov 17, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to 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. You can 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.

  • Wild Goose Chase 2016
    • Saturday Nov 19, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    The agricultural fields around Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth draw hundreds of migratory geese in the fall. We will travel by van to check various locations that attract these geese and comb through the flocks to study individual variation and hopefully pick out something unique. This area regularly produces hundreds of Canada Geese, but we will also look for Snow, Cackling, and Greater White-fronted Geese, plus the potential for a rare European vagrant like the Barnacle Goose that was here in 2008 or the multiple Pink-footed Geese of 2009.
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  • December
  • Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)
    • Thursday Dec 1, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    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!

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day Fields Pond
    • Friday Dec 2, 2016 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free
    All Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on purchases at our Fields Pond Nature Store. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The store will be filled to the brim with new merchandise to make a dent on those gift and wish lists. (Discount does not apply to binoculars, consignment or art pieces.)
    Free gift wrapping included!
    Not a member of Maine Audubon? Become a member today to make sure you can save this holiday season!
    Remember! The Penobscot Valley Chapter Holiday Party is this same evening, come early to spread some good cheer!
  • Cold Moon Evening Hike at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Adult Members: $7.00 Child Members: $7.00
      Adult Non-members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $7.00
    • Children under 5 free

    Fields Pond Audubon Center offers guided evening hikes on our beautiful 200-acre sanctuary each full moon.  The season and moon month will dictate the particular theme for that month’s walk.

    December features the Cold Moon.

    The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own.