Events & Programs: Adult


  • March
  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • Stream Smart Training Workshop 2017 – Standish
    • Wednesday Mar 8, 2017 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Sebago Lake Ecology Center
      On White Rock Road at the junction of Routes 237 and 35
    • Price: $35.00

    The workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream.

    Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings, including contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups, and private landowners.

     Click here for a pdf of the agenda.

  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 11, 2017 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.

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

  • The Transformative Land: An Artist’s View of Glacier Bay National Park
    • Thursday Mar 16, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free
    bearIn 2015, local wildlife artist Michael Boardman spent two weeks as the artist-in-residence in Glacier Bay, Alaska. He spent time studying the wildlife and unique geology of the park with scientists and wildlife biologists. Pieces from his residency are currently hanging at Maine Audubon. Check out the artwork starting at 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm, Boardman will give a presentation about the park, its wildlife, and the experience of creating art in such an inspiring environment.
  • Evening Naturalist Series: Emerging Spring
    • Thursday Mar 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Learn how plants and animals are coping with winter’s final days and what signs of emerging spring are already upon us.

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Thursday Mar 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    If it swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? But did you know there have actually been 45 species of ducks (plus geese and swans) seen in Maine! In this workshop our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will discuss the natural history of this family, the finer points of identifying these species, where and when to see them.

    This workshop is highly recommended for anyone coming on the Learn the Ansers Field Trip on March 25th but anyone with an interest in this diverse family should attend.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 23 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

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

  • April
  • Intro to Wildlife Photography with Doug Hitchcox
    • Saturday Apr 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

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    Photography offers endless opportunities and often new avenues to connect with nature. Join us at Fields Pond Audubon Center with our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a workshop on nature photography to learn tips and techniques on how to take great photos of wildlife and the scenes you may find (or create). This two hour workshop will begin inside to cover essentials from shooting techniques, ethical practices, and basic photo editing before going outside to explore Fields Pond and test your newly learned skills.

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

  • May
  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    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 29, 2017 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 Audubon Center and the Eastern Trail Alliance.

    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 pre-registration
    • $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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  • June
  • Foraging for Wild Edibles with David Spahr
    • Sunday Jun 11, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $30.00

    ​This workshop​ will include walking the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. Please be prepared for the weather and for a moderate amount of physical activity.

    David Spahr has been foraging for 60 years. He is the author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada and a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc​iation. ​

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 – Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichug, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for “children” of all ages.

     

  • July
  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2017
    • Saturday Jul 15, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic Puffin

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise I [pdf]

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 22, 2017 6:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
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  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 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.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2017
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • August
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

    Arrive no later than 7:00

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 781-2330 ext 213 or e-mail [email protected]

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  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 25, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $12 Child Members: $12
      Adult Non-members: $14 Child Non-members: $12

    SunsetJoin 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.

     

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100