Events & Programs: Adult


  • October
  • An Evening with John Bunker
    • Friday Oct 3, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    As part of our annual Apple Day celebration, we are pleased to present John Bunker, author of Not so Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchard of Palermo, Maine. Bunker will share a history of apple trees in Maine, how orchards help bees and other pollinators and how you can plant a successful apple tree in your yard.

    We will also have heirloom apples and hard cider, fruit wines and mead from Kennebec Cider, Maine Mead Works, Tree Spirit and Urban Farm Fermentory. (21+ Please bring ID)

    Co-sponsored by Maine Historical Society.

    Many thanks to our sponsors!

    KCCLogoKennebec Cider was started by Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm in 2009. Each fall at their farm in Winthrop, they press a blend of apples from their orchard and other local growers. They slowly ferment and age their ciders for up to a year at cold temperatures to preserve the crisp flavors of Maine apples. Their two hard ciders– traditional and blueberry– are unfiltered and bottle-conditioned for natural carbonation.

     

     

    Maine Mead Works

    Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. Using locally sourced honey, clear, pure water and our own proprietary yeast strain, we blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce distinctive wines at our meadery in downtown Portland, Maine. 

     

     

     

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    A winemaker since 1997, Bruce Olson won two medals for his apple wines in 2009, when they were named the best fruit wines at the Maine Vinfest, hosted by the Cellardoor Winery. In April 2013, Tree Spirits Pear Brandy won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and in the fall of 2013, Tree Spirits Applejack won a Silver at the New York International Spirits competition.

     

     

    UFF Logo_BlackBkg-page-001The Urban Farm Fermentory is focused on creating fermented products using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients.

     

  • Nature Journaling with a Sense of Wonder
    • Saturday Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00
    • Children under 12 free

    Our writing journey at Fields Pond begins with meditative exercises to open our senses. We will explore the fields, forest, and shoreline for signs of animal life and the many ways our landscape prepares for winter.

    Moments of internal reflection, writing, and drawing will be interspersed with group sharing and feedback. Ideas for continuing your journaling exercise onward through the changing seasons will be offered.

    Please bring your lunch.

    Leader: Cheryl Daigle

     

     

  • Night Walk
    • Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Fall evenings at Fields Pond are magical. Bundle up and join us for a guided exploration of the nocturnal world that most of us never experience. The moon may even make an appearance.

     

  • Closing Reception for Sculpture Event ‘A Celebration of Art and Nature’
    • Wednesday Oct 8, 2014 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free
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    Owl, by Andrea von Huene.

    Come celebrate the closing reception of June LaCombe’s Exhibition, SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature. Join us for a wonderful evening including a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

    Sculptures will still be available for purchase at the reception with 10% of proceeds donated to Maine Audubon.

    Please visit June LaCombe Sculpture for photos of the sculptures and more information.

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
    • Thursday Oct 9, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    “There was a time when universe meant all there is,” writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos.

    A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Oct 11, 2014 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.

  • Birding in a Digital Age: Part One
    • Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part One of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.


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  • Fall Work Party
    • Saturday Oct 18, 2014 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. 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.

  • Birds To Bears At Nome
    • Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Come and experience Alaska – the expanses of tundra covering the plains, hills and mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for birding and wildlife adventures.

    Maine travelers marveled at the brilliant breeding plumages of 75 species of birds, and were astonished by the herds of reindeer and muskox grazing the tundra. Bird species and large grazers, as well as grizzly bears were photographed from a safe distance.

    Presenters: Ron and Lee Davis, Al and Nancy Larson

  • Birding in a Digital Age – Part Two
    • Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part Two of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.

    **Attendance of all three parts in not required. Each lecture will build on the one prior. Read the descriptions and join us for the topics that interest you.**

    This week will focus on using eBird, an online database collecting bird records from around the world and one of the best tools for birders to keep lists of the birds they have seen. Since its original launch in 2002, eBird has gone through several major upgrades making it easier to use and more fun to explore.

    We will begin with the basics: signing up and entering a simple checklist. After proving how easy that is, we’ll dive deeper and explore the data within eBird, create patch lists and experience first hand the great value that eBird offers.

    In the following weeks, we will cover many more topics:

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
    • Saturday Oct 25, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join Cyndi and Holly for a get together; we want to thank you for all of the great work you do for the nature center. Enjoy socializing, refreshments, and a nature walk. Family members are welcome!

    Please call and let us know you’re coming.

  • Birding in a Digital Age – Part Three
    • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Part Three of a Three-Part Lecture Series:

    Join staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. This is a lecture-based series of workshops intended to show you what new (digital) resources are available and how to use them.

    **Attendance of all three parts in not required. Each lecture will build on the one prior. Read the descriptions and join us for the topics that interest you.**

    This week we’ll explore how the smart phone has become one of the most important tools for birding in a digital age. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders (with an in-depth look at BirdLog) and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • November
  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $7/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant

  • Celebrating Sturgeon
    • Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00/Single; $7:00/Family

    Come and learn from an amazing team about the insightful and intriguing research on sturgeon.

    Two species of sturgeon are native to the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. In the Gulf of Maine, both species are the focus of a collaborative research program between the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the University of New England, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    In 2005 a recreational angler in Bangor, Maine landed a sturgeon and provided the impetus for NOAA and the University of Maine to begin research on the Penobscot River.

    Presenters: Megan Altenritter, scientific research assistant; Catherine Johnston, graduate research assistant; Alexandra Cuadros, undergraduate research assistant; Rachel Kocik, high school research assistant.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Friday Nov 7, 2014 1:00 pm – 5:00 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 start planning your holiday shopping. 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!
  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 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.

  • Member’s Double-Discount Day
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 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 start planning your holiday shopping. 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!
  • Drawing from Nature
    • Saturday Nov 8, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5/Single; $10/Family
    Use the natural world as your inspiration! Join Maine Master Naturalist, Connie Tuller, for a walk to collect some simple things, leaves, dead bark, etc., then we’ll draw with pencil and markers.
    Materials will be provided, or bring something of your own that you want to work with. Connie will show examples of what we can do beforehand. All experience levels are welcome.
  • Yoga & Nature
    • Sunday Nov 9, 2014 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a fall 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.      

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum 
    • Thursday Nov 13, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    In this delightful and comprehensive account, Rosenblum tells us about his travels throughout the Mediterranean countries, where the fruit is grown, in search of the olive’s history and horticulture. The book is rich in details of the characters of growers he met, where much of their joys and sorrows center around the crops. Rosenblum also explores the national and international politics that affect the trade.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Maine Audubon Night at Bayside Bowl
    • Monday Nov 17, 2014 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • Bayside Bowl
    • Free

    JBayside Bowloin us for a great night of food, drinks and bowling at Bayside Bowl!

    Bayside Bowl will donate 5% of profits from the bar and dinner. Bring your friends and family and have a great meal, enjoy some drinks and learn about Maine Audubon. We have a few lanes reserved for those who would like to bowl. Please contact us!

  • Survival in the Forest
    • Saturday Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Tom Copeland will lead a walk and demonstrate many techniques of survival in the Maine woods. He will teach what is edible, how to make a shelter, build a fire, and more!

    This program takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly (warm coats, boots, etc).