Events & Programs: Adult


  • July
  • 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

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  • August
  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Aug 1, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • 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.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

     

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2015
    • Friday Aug 7, 2015 6:45 pm – 8:45 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]

  • 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 Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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.

    Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • 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

  • Naturalist Forum – Japan in Winter
    • Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Japan in Winter: a Crane and Sea-Eagle Spectacle! 

    Presented by Marie Jordan.  

    Japan has several claims to fame as a travel destination, but relatively few people think of the country as a wildlife destination-in winter!  Highlights of Marie’s trip included thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes found on the fabulous island of Kyushu, third largest of Japan’s four islands, and the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and majestic Steller’s Eagles on the larger island of Hokkaido.   She will include other bird species, interesting places and sights seen as she traveled through the country.

    The ‘Naturalist Forum’ are monthly offerings at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, free to members, to connect you with a variety of nature based programming. Each program will be on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

  • 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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  • Backyard Citizen Science Workshop
    • Saturday Aug 15, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Bird CountersFrom birds to plants, insects to amphibians, there are all sorts of interesting living things to observe in your backyards – and scientists want to know about it!

    Here is your opportunity to learn about some of the citizen science projects going on in Maine and around the world and how you can take part.

     

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Live Birds of Prey
    • Wednesday Aug 19, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $20

    Eastern Screech Owl

    The expert educators at Wind Over Wings will present a humorous and inspiring visit with some of Maine’s iconic and lesser known raptors.  This show is intended for adults.

    This event is sponsored by Allagash Brewing Company and is 21+. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

    Featuring: Hope Douglas & the team at Wind Over Wings

    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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  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $40 until Wednesday August 19, after 8/19 its $50

    Workshop for Educators and Caregivers of

    Children 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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 http://www.advplay.com/ Adventure Play.

     

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

  • September
  • 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: $5 - Non-members: $8

    Maine’s bats population is in peril. Biologists will present an overview of the impact of White Nose Syndrome on our native bats and some of the exciting research being conducted. We will also have a short venture outdoors with an audio detector to explore our own night sky.

    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
    Borestone Mountain

    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, 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

  • Mushroom Workshop
    • Saturday Sep 19, 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.

  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • 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 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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!

  • Full Moon Night Paddle
    • Monday Sep 28, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 5.00

    Visit the Scarborough Marsh on the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.  Come witness the rising of the harvest moon over Fields Pond. Canoe, kayak or paddle along the lake’s edge and celebrate the change of season with a naturalist.

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  • Blood Moon Eclipse
    • Monday Sep 28, 2015 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Lunar Eclipse Lights Up New Zealand SkyJoin us at Fields Pond for spectacular sightings of the blood moon total eclipse. Experience all that space has to offer with coffee, donuts and a telescope to view the galactic event.

  • October
  • 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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  • January
  • Sharing Nature and Play EVERYDAY
    • 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 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, (Toddlers to Kindergarteners) 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. Our intention is to inspire, in children, a great love and respect of their world. 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!