Events & Programs: Adult


  • September
  • World Shorebirds Day Primer – Field Trip
    • Saturday Sep 5, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    In honor of World Shorebird Day on September 6th, we want to teach you how to go shorebirding! Early September offers identification challenges between adult and immature birds, plus we may get lucky and see rarities such as Western or Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a van trip to local shorebird hotspots to study this diverse group as they stop over on their southbound migration. We will meet at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth at 7AM and travel by van.

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

    Get prepared for the field trip by attending the World Shorebirds Day Primer Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 3,  for a lesson on shorebirds and how size, shape, color, habitat, voice and behavior all play critical roles in identifying these birds.

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training at Fields Pond
    • Thursday Sep 10, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations this Fall. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general forest ecology. Call for more information.

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  • Book Discussion Group
    • Thursday Sep 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • second Thursday of each month
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Joyce Rumery has been leading this book discussion group for many years. All are welcomed and encouraged to discover the satisfaction of reading and sharing with others. Feed your mind and soul at the Orono Library on the second Thursday of each month. New participants are always welcome.

    Wilson, Edward O. The Social Conquest of Earth.  2013.  352pp.

    Drawing on his deep understanding of entomology and his extraordinarily broad knowledge of the natural and social sciences, Wilson makes a strong case for the synthesis of knowledge across disciplines. Understanding the biological origin of what makes us human can help us to build better theories of social and psychological interaction; in turn, understanding how other social species have evolved may help us to better understand the origin of our own.

     

     

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2015
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 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 2015

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

  • Volunteer Naturalist Training at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    We are looking for new and returning volunteers to lead nature explorations this Fall. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Volunteers will learn teaching techniques, some species identification and general forest ecology. Call for more information.

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  • Fall Foliage Photography
    • Tuesday Sep 15, 2015 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    signs of fallHave you always wanted to learn about photography? Want to get outside? Join us for an informal hike through our beautiful grounds and get tips and tricks along with stories and a few laughs from our instructor’s personal experience in freelance photography.

    There’s no better time or place to capture fall’s beautiful foliage and landscapes.

     

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bats on the Brink
    • Thursday Sep 17, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    • This event is 21+

    The little brown bat was added to Maine’s endangered species list this year.

    Did you know that Maine has lost over 90% of its cave bats? Since 2006, the northeastern United States has lost over 5.7 million bats. The world’s only flying mammal, bats are critical to our ecoystem – and their rapidly declining numbers are cause for big concern.

    Learn why bats are struggling and what you can do to help. After a short presentation, attendees will have the chance to head outside and participate in a hands-on demonstration of bat detectors, which are part of a new citizen science study to track Maine’s bat population. Which of Maine’s eight bat species will we see in the night sky?

    Sip on complimentary beer from Allagash Brewing Company and wine and enjoy assorted appetizers. This event is 21+

    Many thanks to our amazing sponsor, Allagash Brewing Company!

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    Want to get the amazing $10 member admission? Join Maine Audubon today and be the first to learn about future events like this.

    Featuring: Trevor Peterson, Senior Wildlife Biologist at Stantech and PhD Candidate, University of Maine

    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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  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 18, 2015 – Sunday Sep 20, 2015
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $300 - Non-members: $360
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    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.
    Important information about this tripBorestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2015 [pdf]

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015
    • Saturday Sep 19, 2015 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    Bald Eagle by Robert DentonWhen 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.

    Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015

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

  • Signs of the Seasons Training – Fall 2015
    • Tuesday Sep 22, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    P. Loon pair edit-crop 1699Information 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.

    ***The training has filled. There will be additional trainings offered in the spring. ***

  • Sharing Nature and Play Every Day
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 – Thursday Oct 1, 2015
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Thursday September 17, after 9/17 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine and accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.

    All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!

  • Hiking the Haute Route, Switzerland
    • Thursday Sep 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    hauterouteIn July, 2013, Karen Herold, her husband and her sister hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. This is a spectacular and demanding hike: a strenuous high-level traverse in the French and Swiss Alps. The route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. The highest pass is at 2964m (9,800ft).

    During this beautiful hike, Herold had the chance to reconnect with the Swiss geography and relatives her family knew growing up with their Swiss father.

    About the speaker: Long ago, Karen was an attorney. Now she’s involved in a variety of environmental causes. She always has her next adventure germinating.

    For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson at education@amcmaine.org

    Presented by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Fields Pond Audubon Center as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

  • Mushroom Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 26, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $18.00 - Non-members: $24.00

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    Join the skilled and knowledgeable David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Instruction time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. (be prepared for an intermediate level of physical activity) David will have his book available for purchase.

  • Night Paddle and Blood Moon Eclipse Event
    • Monday Sep 28, 2015 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5 for guided paddle, $25 for canoe rental with jacket and paddles, $5 for eclipse watching event

    Lunar Eclipse Lights Up New Zealand SkyJoin us at Fields Pond for spectacular sightings of the blood moon total eclipse.

    Night Paddle
    5:30 – 8:30 pm

    Give your kayaks, canoes and paddle boards a final dip to celebrate a good season. Join us for a night paddle at Fields Pond as the full blood moon turns into a lunar total eclipse. We offer canoe rentals for $25.

    Bring your own craft or rent one of our canoes. Space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your space.

    Watch the Eclipse
    8:30 – 10:00 pm

    Experience all that space has to offer with coffee, donuts and a telescope to view the galactic event. Flashlights encouraged.

  • October
  • Portland Patches: Dragon Fields
    • Friday Oct 9, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Dragon Fields, Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Once a landfill (now capped), the Dragon Fields are essentially a scrubby hill that acts as a magnet for migrants in the fall. A variety of sparrows can be found in the dense cover while warblers gleam the trees on the perimeter. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around this diverse patch located just minutes from Portland.

    Meet in the parking lot by the Quarry Run Dog Park (linked above).

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

  • The Big Sit! 2015
    • Saturday Oct 10, 2015 12:00 am – 12:00 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!

    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 lwoodard@maineaudubon.org

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Oct 17, 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.

  • Women’s Day Retreat
    • Saturday Oct 17, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $60.00

    This daylong retreat is an opportunity for women to relax and rejuvenate while discovering the beauty of the natural world. The day will offer a variety of stress-free activities, including an exploration hike, canoe ride, meditation and stress reduction workshops. At the end of the day,we will unwind with a wine and chocolate tasting.

    Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with other women in the community and connect with nature!

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  • Birds of the World: Ethiopia
    • Thursday Oct 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7
    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair.  This species is endemic to Ethiopia.  Ron Davis photo.

    Yellow-fronted Parrot mated pair. This species is endemic to Ethiopia. Ron Davis photo.

    This latest of Ron and Lee Davis’ illustrated presentations on their around-the-world wildlife adventures features central and southern Ethiopia. The Davises visited a wide range of habitats from below 3000 to over 13,000 feet altitude in the most extensively mountainous country of Africa to photograph some of the most rare and beautiful birds and mammals of the continent.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Friday Oct 23, 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 out-of-range rarities that often frequent this area in the fall.

  • January
  • Sharing Nature and Play Every Day
    • Thursday Jan 7, 2016 – Thursday Jan 14, 2016
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Both Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday December 30, after 12/30 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 6 years old

    It can be challenging to incorporate nature and play into your everyday routine and accomplish all your other goals. This workshop will provide ideas and strategies to support academic goals and social-emotional learning using nature education and play. We will address challenges and obstacles to incorporating nature and play into the daily routine, as well as provide ample resources, activities and concepts to help guide you as you begin to see the positive effects daily doses of play and nature have on the children.

    All who engage with children between 2 and 6 years old will find the activities and concepts covered in this workshop very accessible and ready to be implemented the next day!

    Whether you are in a rural or urban environment, access to nature is always possible. Opportunities for play can be easily woven into your day. Play and the natural world are two wonderful means of nurturing children’s imagination, problem solving skills and sense of self. A trusting, safe community is an essential ingredient in this learning.

    This will be a hands-on, active and playful workshop.

    This workshop is presented by Maine Audubon’s Preschool Educator, Kim Sanders and Nancy MacPee Bower of Adventure Play http://www.advplay.com/ .

     

    Maine Audubon delivers workshops/presentations on a variety of topics and can tailor it to any group size or need. Just ask!