Events & Programs: Adult


  • April
  • Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine Presents: Adventures in Baxter State Park and the Maine Woods Initiative
    • Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Peter Roderick who was recently awarded the title, “Mr. AMC” will share some winter adventures in Baxter State Park and tell us about AMC’s 67,000 acre Maine Woods Initiative.  Members of the MWI committee as well as staff from the Greenville office will be present to answer questions.

    AMC has created a place of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land in the 100 mile wilderness, the last really wild stretch of the Appalachian Trail before Katahdin. A partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski.

    6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. presentation

  • Intro to Warblers
    • Wednesday Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Just in time for their spring arrival, our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will hold a workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.

    This is a great opportunity to learn some of the birds we’ll be seeing on our free ‘Warbler Walks’ at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Pond Park.

    Registration is not capped for this lecture. You can pay at the door with cash or check.

  • May
  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants to explore the salt marsh. During this unique paddle adventure participants become a part of the dynamic Dunstan River habitat, observing its inhabitants in their natural setting. We will see crabs, fish, feeding birds, edible plants and more!
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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Friday May 1, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $5/person with a 10 person minimum

    In this 1 1/2 hour interactive exploration, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the adaptations of plants and animals unique to the salt marsh. Participants will have a chance to catch and release fish, look through algae to find small organisms feeding there, and test the unique characteristics of the marsh mud in comparison to the upland soil. 
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  • Yoga & Nature
    • Saturday May 2, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Join us for a spring 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.

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday May 4, 2015 – Thursday May 14, 2015
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.

    We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.

  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday May 8, 2015 – Friday May 15, 2015
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Friday
    • Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    This small Portland park features a surprising assortment of habitats and provides a welcome refuge for migrant and nesting birds. Join us for some outstanding morning birding.

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center.

    Map from Portland Trails »

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks
    • Friday May 8, 2015 – Friday May 29, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended due to wet grass and occasional muddy conditions.  In consideration of wildlife and fellow birders, no pets please on the bird walks.

    Friday, May 8:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 9 (Spring Fest – Int’l Migratory Bird Day):  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leaders:  Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith

    Meet in Fields Pond Audubon Center parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 12:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gloria Vollmers

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Kittredge Rd.

    Wednesday, May 13:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance.

    Friday, May 15:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 18:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178.

    Wednesday, May 20:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leader:  Paul Corcoran

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Tripp Dr.

    Thursday, May 21:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leaders:  Robert Ostrowski, Gordon Russell

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 22:  Caribou Bog area, Orono

    Co-sponsored by Orono Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at OLT parking area 0.3 mi in on Taylor Rd. from Forest Ave.

    Saturday, May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    On Godfrey Dr., across from the Black Bear Inn, go past Lixus Nexus on left, turn left after next white bldg., meet in the rear parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 26:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Gordon Russell

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Wednesday, May 27:  Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor

    Leaders:  Hope Brogunier, Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet in the 2nd parking lot upstream of the intersection of Valley Ave. and Bruce Rd.

    Thursday, May 28:  University of Maine, Orono

    Leader: Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot on Route 2 (Park Street), approximately one mile north of Rangeley Road campus entrance

    Friday, May 29: Stillwater River Trail, Orono

    Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bennoch Road and Noyes Drive.

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s activities will include bird walks, a children’s activity area with Stillwater Montessori, a nature exploration and more. All ages, get out in nature and spend some time with us!

    7 – 8:30 a.m.           Bird Walk w/ Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8:30 – 10 a.m.         Printmaking: Bird Art w/ Marcella Christensen

    9 – 11:00 a.m.         Birding by Ear Walk w/ Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon        Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.     Journal Making w/ Paul Ryan

    11 a.m. – noon         Birding for Children w/ Erik Klausmeyer

    noon – 1:00 p.m.     Lichen Exploration w/ Kim Robichaud

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 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. Please dress for the weather.

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • 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.

     

  • Fields Pond Book Discussion Group: Bird Sense: What It’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead and Katrina van Grouw
    • Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Orono Public Library
    • Free

    Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures’ essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume. This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures.

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Birding By Ear
    • Thursday May 14, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Spring is here and the birds will are singing! Being able to identify birds by their calls is a skill that will greatly improve your birding and help you quickly distinguish different species. This class will teach you techniques for remembering and identifying bird songs.

  • Little Big Day
    • Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $60

    Baltimore OrioleSpring migration is peaking… These are the days where it is possible to see over 100 species of birds in Maine. Birders often pick days around this time to perform a “Big Day” in which they’ll cover a range of habitats and see how many species they can track down in a single day. For this trip you can join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a day (7am to 3pm) full birds: shorebirds to warblers, and hawks to herons, we’ll see how many species we can track down!

    This is a van trip so space is limited. A packed lunch and snacks are recommended and plenty of bathroom stops will be made.

  • Mountain Birdwatch Training
    • Saturday May 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Mountain Birdwatch (MBW) is a citizen science effort that monitors songbirds breeding in the montane fir and spruce forests of the Northeast. MBW data provide the only region-wide source of population information on these high-elevation breeding birds. Join MBW as a volunteer, and attend this training to learn about MBW’s background and how MBW data are being used for conservation, as well as identification tips for each target species, survey protocol review, and point count practice.  Please RSVP to Judith Scarl if you plan to attend.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: The Decline of Forest Birds & the Changing North Woods
    • Wednesday May 20, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
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    Scarlet Tanager (Photo credit: Doug Hitchcox)

    Many migratory songbirds come to Maine in the summer to breed because of the long days, abundant insects and extensive forests. We will explore the changing nature of Maine forests over the past few decades and what that may mean for the future of these birds and other wildlife – many of whom are declining or of conservation concern.

    We will also introduce you to which species use what type and part of the forest and how wooded property can be best managed to maintain habitat for these important species.

    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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  • Invasive Plant Management Workshop
    • Thursday May 21, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $15.00

    Invasive plants can over-run natural areas, crowding out native species and changing wildlife habitats. Maine Audubon has made an extensive effort to remove non-native, invasive plants at Gilsland Farm and replant with native species.

    Do you have invasive species on  your property? Not sure where to start or how to set realistic goals? Our workshop will review our successful efforts at Gilsland Farm and will feature a field tour (2-hour walk outside) and an indoor session focused on invasive plant management strategies.

    Additional information:

    • A snack will be provided mid-morning
    • 2 pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available
    • Limited to 20 participants
  • Freeport Birding Weekend
    • Friday May 22, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015
      7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    • L.L.Bean
    • Free

    We are very excited to announce the Freeport Birding Weekend, a new event in partnership with L.L.Bean. Over Memorial Day Weekend, we will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginners and pros across all ages. If you are interested in birds, this event is for you. More details coming soon but here are a few fun events scheduled:

    Bernd Heinrich:  Presentation about his newest book, “The Homing Instinct”. Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

    Outings: Florida Lake, Pettengil Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and owl prowls.

    Clinics: “Essential gear,” Birding 101 and Bird Photography

    Family events: Birding for kids; there will also be educators with live birds on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 pm

    Birdathon: The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun! Learn more, register a team or pledge to support a team here.

    Check back soon for more details!

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Outdoor Photography Workshop
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $7.00 - Non-members: $12.00

    Search, find, and photograph with Andy Anderson. We’ll focus on nature up close as we take a look at macro photography. Please bring along a tripod for your camera if you own one.

    For a sample of Andy’s photography, visit kingfisherphotography.com.

    Leader: Andy Anderson, Nature Photographer

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 25, 2015 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 preregistration
    • $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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  • Fields Pond Paddle
    • Friday May 29, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Join us on a paddle as day shifts into night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent a canoe from us.

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    Please register by calling FPAC at 207-989-2591.

  • Herbal Adventure 
    • Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $20.00 - Non-members: $25.00

    Take an herb walk with Jessi Sader then blend herbal tea of your own. Learn about local plants with health benefits and how to plan your own medicinal herb garden.

    Cost includes herbs and fillable tea bags.

  • June
  • Birds of Brownfield Bog 2015
    • Tuesday Jun 2, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Brownfield Bog
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 5:30 a.m.)

    Image: US Fish & Wildlife ServiceBrownfield Bog, in the Saco River’s floodplain, is a fascinating complex of small peatlands, ponds, maple swamps, and meandering watercourses that harbor some of Maine’s more uncommon breeding birds. The Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest in the deciduous forest along the water’s edge; both cuckoo species, thrushes, and sapsuckers can be found in the surrounding forest. There is no better place to study the different songs and habits of both Alder and Willow Flycatchers. Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye compete with the Wood Ducks for the nesting boxes posted around the wetland. Hidden among the reeds may be found American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora, and we’re sure to hear and see Wilson’s Snipe.

    There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 5:30 a.m. with an 12:30 p.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Brownfield Bog (use the link above or contact Doug at the number below for directions).

  • Know Your Seabirds
    • Thursday Jun 4, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $5.00

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm the night before so you’ll be ready to identify everything that we see during the trip. This will be a great chance to brush up on the differences between Arctic and Common Terns, or learn how to pick Common Murres out of groups of Razorbills.

    You can register in advance but we will have plenty of space for walk-ins. (Walk-ins must pay with cash or check.)

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 - Non-members: $100

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    A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
    Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest.

    Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

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    Leaders:

    Jan Pierson is one of the founders of Field Guides and a veteran of more than 35 years of international birding and guiding. He has traveled far and wide to all continents, yet some of his favorite birding experiences remain simple ones: spring warbler migration, savoring good, long looks at birds, be they rare or common, tropical or temperate, and watching other birders thrill at their first-time discoveries.

    Peter Vickery is president of the Center for Ecological Research and is currently writing a book on Maine birds. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 scientific research papers and numerous popular articles on natural history and conservation.

    Information packet coming soon. 

  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2015
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 6 a.m.)

    In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine.  On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.

    There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 6 a.m. with an 11 a.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Kennebunk Plains.

    Information packet: Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains (2015) [pdf]

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

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    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
    • Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $Free Child Members: $7
      Adult Non-members: $7 Child Non-members: $7

    Peony and Kids

    Maine Audubon relies on the support of our members, donors and volunteers to carry out our mission of wildlife conservation and education. The Peony Circle of Friends honors those members who have supported us for over twenty years. We invite you to celebrate this special group of supporters at the 2015 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.

    Not a member of Maine Audubon? We will have special deals for new members! Learn about the many benefits of membership and learn about the conservation programs that your membership supports.

    Savor hand-crafted ice cream (donated by Toots Ice Cream in North Yarmouth) and enjoy live music as you stroll through the historic peony gardens at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. We invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy the start of summer at Maine Audubon!

    Learn more about the Peonies at Gilsland Farm »

    Extra: Revision Energy will be on hand to offer special tours of our new solar panels!

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  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Doug Tallamy – Bringing Nature Home
    • Tuesday Jun 23, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home."

    Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home.”

    Bringing Nature Home

    Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order.

    Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

    Bringing Nature Home Book JacketWe will also have copies of Bringing Nature Home available for purchase in our Nature Store.

    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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  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jun 28, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • July
  • Wild Edibles Walk at Gilsland Farm
    • Friday Jul 3, 2015 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Join naturalist and forager Josh Fecteau for an early summer wild edibles walk at Gilsland Farm. A diversity of habitats, from fields to wetlands to woods, makes this a fine location to engage the senses and observe a variety of edible plants. This walk is geared toward adults, but children are welcome to come along.

  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
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  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Biodieversityday

    Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey.  After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results.  The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.

    Advance registration appreciated but not required.

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 - Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.


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  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 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.

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Get a close up look at birds in their habitat as you paddle along through the marsh at this quiet and peaceful time of the day.  Migration will be underway and the birds will be feeding on the banks trying to bulk-up for their long trip south.

     

     

  • Portland Green Drinks
    • Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10 General Admission; $5 with drinking vessel

    Greendrinks LogoMaine Audubon is excited to host the July edition of Portland Green Drinks! We will be joined by fellow conservation organizations, Maine Rivers and Trout Unlimited.

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

    We will have great membership deals, a plover photo booth and more! Come on out to Gilsland Farm and enjoy a beautiful evening with Maine Audubon.

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 17, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    Explore the marsh in the early morning when the animals are most active.  We will watch for shorebirds feeding in the mud, herons returning to feed on fish in the river and maybe a playful mink running along the bank looking for food.

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 18, 2015 7:30 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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  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 8:00 pm – 9:30 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 7:30

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • August
  • Canoe Basics
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

    New to the world of canoeing?  Always wondered how to steer that long boat without crashing into the shore?  This class is for you!  We will spend some time on land, and then on the water, discussing the basics of canoe safety, canoe launching, and the basic principles of paddling. You will also learn how to evaluate the paddling environment (wind, waves, weather, water).  On the water you will learn canoe strokes (forward with switch and with rudder; draw, push away) and steering (straight line, spinning on the center axis).

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

  • Advanced Canoeing
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    This class is designed for those that have either completed the morning session, or already have comparable experience and skills and would like to learn more.  It will include both on land and in water demonstrations. There will be a brief review of canoe safety and knowing before you go.  You will learn some additional canoe strokes and steering techniques.  The instructors will help you learn how to “read the water” and how to paddle under difficult situations.

    Your instructors are all national canoe racing champions and Registered Maine Guides with years of experience canoeing and sharing their knowledge with others.

     

    Cost is $15 if you have gone to the morning Canoe Basics.

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $9

    Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs.  Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Sunday Aug 9, 2015 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

  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday Aug 15, 2015 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!
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