Events & Programs: Adult


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

     

    Photo by Josh Fecteau (http://joshfecteau.com/)

    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.

  • Butterfly Walk
    • Saturday Jul 4, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: 3.00/proceeds go to North American Butterfly Count
    • Children under 10 free

    Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. Counts are held nationwide, and the Fields Pond Butterfly Count supplies important data about declines or increases of butterfly populations.

    Anyone interested in counting (and identifying) butterflies on that date elsewhere within the count circle should contact Pat Snyder for details at 567-3137 or dorine38@aol.com. The circle is 7.5 mile radius centered on Fields Pond.

  • 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.
    Learn more

  • Naturalist Forum – Mathias Deming: East/West ME
    • Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Mathias Deming is a highschool student who sought to learn more about the East-West Corridor and produce a film about it.  Mathias describes the film as, “A short documentary about the proposed east/west corridor in the state of Maine. East/west ME highlights major hopes and concerns that surround this very controversial topic . The film follows me as I learned about the corridor, interviewing various people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas. The hope is that this film will educate and raise awareness about the east/west corridor.” Join us this month for a discussion with Mathias and a showing of his documentary.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2015
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $50

    Atlantic PuffinWith 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]

  • 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.


    Learn more

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Learn more

  • 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
  • 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.

     

     

  • Canoe Basics
    • Saturday Aug 1, 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 1, 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.

  • 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]

  • 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

  • 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!
    Learn more

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

    From birds to plants, insects to amphibians, there are all sorts of interesting 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, locally and globally, that you can be a part of.

    This workshop will include time both indoors and outdoors. First learning about the different citizen science projects and then practicing how to collect data for them.

  • 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.

    homeschool field trip

  • 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.

    homeschool field trip

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!