Events & Programs: Adult


  • 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

  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Tuesday Nov 4, 2014 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    The treatment ponds at the Sanford Sewerage may be smelly, but they are magnets for waterfowl in the fall. Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a bird walk around this property to study the ducks and geese, plus the sparrows and other migrants that frequent this hot spot in the fall.

    No registration required. Meet Doug in the parking lot at the end of Gavel Road in Sanford (linked above in the “map” link).

  • 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.      

  • Climate Change – Maine and the World
    • Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Join us for a potluck and presentation.

    Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson will share his knowledge of climate change and how it affects our lives and the natural world. His extensive research has led to a great depth of understanding of the way our world is changing.

    Dr. Jacobson is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change at the University of Maine. Since his arrival in Maine in 1979, Dr. Jacobson has been a member of the Climate Change Institute, and he was Director of the Institute for nearly a decade.

    Co-sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

    Optional potluck at 6 p.m., please bring a food item to share. Presentation begins at 7 p.m.

     

  • 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

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Nov 15, 2014 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! Mid November can host a variety of birds: from swarms of sparrows to the hoards of geese and of course the potential for rare birds to show up! 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.

  • 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!

  • Stream-Smart Road Crossing Field Training Workshops (Phase II) – Bangor
    • Thursday Nov 20, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Rain date November 21, 2014
    • Members: $35.00 - Non-members: $35.00

    Stream Smart Phase II is a field oriented technical workshop extension of the principles of Stream Smart design for ecological road crossings.

    Participants will learn how to assess a road/stream crossing, gathering the information needed to develop a conceptual design for a replacement open bottom stream crossing. Information gathered will include: a surveyed longitudinal profile, gradient, riffle/pool spacing, bankfull width measurements, cross sectional transects of a reference reach, and stream substrate composition. Following the “hands on” field portion of the workshop, participants will enter data and interpret the information. The end result will be a conceptual preliminary design for a Stream Smart crossing replacement structure. Stream Smart workshops are designed to provide training for professionals responsible for road-stream crossings.

    Participants in this workshop will receive continuing education credits for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program.

    Workshops are offered in three different locations in Maine—content is the same for all workshops.

  • Sabattus Pond – Van Trip
    • Saturday Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $20 - Non-members: $30

    Few spots in Maine are more productive for waterfowl in the fall than Sabattus Pond. Located in Androscoggin County, this body of water attracts a variety of diving and dabbling ducks. So far this year, highlights have included: Canvasback, Redhead, both scaups, and hundreds of Ruddy Ducks.

    This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • 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).