Events & Programs: Adult


  • May
  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday May 6, 2016 – Friday May 13, 2016
      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 »

  • Spring Bird-feeding Workshop
    • Friday May 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00
    • Materials: $10.00 payable night of program

    This is an informational and fun program to learn about the selection, proper care and maintenance of bird feeders to make your backyard the center of attraction this season. We’ll even make feeders to take home just in time for our nesting songbirds or hummingbirds.

    $10 materials fee payable at program will include all supplies needed to construct your feeder.

  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free - Non-members: $5

    Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.

    Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center  in Falmouth.  Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities.  Door prizes and resources are Canada Warbler in the handalso being distributed.  Click here for more information and to register.

    What is bird banding?

    Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint

     

  • Flatbread Benefit Night
    • Tuesday May 10, 2016 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Free

    Dine out for a good cause! Maine Audubon will receive a portion of the proceeds of all pizzas sold at the Flatbread Company in Portland from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. It’s a delicious way to help Maine wildlife!

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 – Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
      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.

     

  • Birding By Ear
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 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.

  • Spring Seed Sowing of Natives
    • Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $15

    In this introductory workshop learn to sow some seeds of native perennial wildflowers and meadow shrubs with Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project. The seeds of native plants have a very different set of needs of common garden flowers and vegetables. This hands on workshop will give you a chance to sow some seeds in small pots that you can take home and place out of doors to wait for and witness their germination and growth from seed to seedling to young plant. 

    Two sessions will be offered on the 14th, if you can’t make 1:00pm, consider the 2:30 workshop.

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  • Spring Seed Sowing of Natives
    • Saturday May 14, 2016 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project - Non-members: $15

    In this introductory workshop learn to sow some seeds of native perennial wildflowers and meadow shrubs with Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project. The seeds of native plants have a very different set of needs of common garden flowers and vegetables. This hands on workshop will give you a chance to sow some seeds in small pots that you can take home and place out of doors to wait for and witness their germination and growth from seed to seedling to young plant. 

    Two sessions will be offered on the 14th, if you can’t make 2:30pm, consider the 1:00pm workshop.

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  • Little Big Day
    • Wednesday May 18, 2016 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.

  • Native Plant Walk at Cathance River Preserve
    • Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Cathance River Preserve, Topsham
    • Price: Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members Non-members: $8

    Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, will lead a native plant walk at the Cathance River Preserve in Topsham.

    Presented in partnership with the Wild Seed Project.

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  • Spring Stewardship Day at Gilsland Farm
    • Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Loosestrife Removal 1Join other like-minded, dedicated Maine Audubon community members as we tackle some important seasonal stewardship projects throughout our beautiful 65-acre sanctuary in Falmouth. We will provide coffee and baked goods from 8:00 -9:00am, and then set out to work from 9:00 am to noon.

    Tasks include trail maintenance, invasive plant management and other outdoor landscaping and clean-up projects. Please bring work clothes, gloves, your favorite pruners, hand tools and a friend.

    Please RSVP by contacting Eric Topper at (207) 781-2330 ext. 223 or [email protected]

    We are on rain or shine!

    Please note that this event is not appropriate for very young children.

  • Signs of the Season Training: Loon Phenology – Bridgton
    • Monday May 23, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Lakes Environmental Association
    • Free

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    Signs of the Seasons is looking to add more data around loon phenology in Maine, and we hope loon count volunteers can help! Information on the timing of migration, mating and the appearance of chicks will aid in forming an accurate picture of loon populations in Maine.

    Interested volunteers will attend a training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    To register for this training, please click here or call Pam Doherty at 207-832-0343.

  • Native Plant Walk at Robinson Woods
    • Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Robinson Woods, Cape Elizabeth
    • Price: Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members Non-members: $8

    Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, will lead a native plant walk at Robinson Woods in Cape Elizabeth.

    Presented in partnership with the Wild Seed Project.

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  • Signs of the Season Training: Loon Phenology – Auburn
    • Wednesday May 25, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Central Maine Community College
    • Free

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    Signs of the Seasons is looking to add more data around loon phenology in Maine, and we hope loon count volunteers can help! Information on the timing of migration, mating and the appearance of chicks will aid in forming an accurate picture of loon populations in Maine.

    Interested volunteers will attend a training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    To register for this training, please click here or call Pam Doherty at 207-832-0343.

  • Freeport Birding Festival
    • Friday May 27, 2016 – Sunday May 29, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:00 pm
    • L.L.Bean
    • Free

    We are very excited to partner with L.L. Bean for the Second Annual Freeport Birding Festival. We will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginner and expert birders of all ages. More details coming soon.

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 30, 2016 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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  • June
  • Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
    • Saturday Jun 4, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very flashy so they can be challenging to recognize. John Wyatt will lead a tour through Prospect and Frankfort with stops at the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens. In addition to the more common sparrows we’ll look for Vespers and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Meet up is 7 am at public parking lot in Winterport next to antique store. Register online in advance.   

    7:00a-12p Saturday June 4. 

  • Know Your Seabirds 2016
    • Wednesday Jun 8, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: $10

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a couple days 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.

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 10, 2016 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 - Non-members: $100

    WatchingRAZOs 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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    Information packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf] Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

  • Native Plant Walk at Rachel Carson NWR
    • Saturday Jun 11, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Rachel Carson NWR, Wells
    • Price: Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members Non-members: $8

    Heather McCargo, executive director of Wild Seed Project and an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation, will lead a native plant walk at Rachel Carson NWR in Wells.

    Presented in partnership with the Wild Seed Project.

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  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 31, 2016
      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.

  • Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
    • Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Price: Member Adult and Member Child - Free, Non-Member Adult $7, Non-Member Child $7
    • Children under 2 free
    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. Our 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 2016 Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.
    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 »Sponsored by:

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  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2016
    • Saturday Jun 18, 2016 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 (2016) [pdf]

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

  • Signs of the Season Training: Loon Phenology – Belgrade
    • Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Maine Lakes Resource Center
    • Free

    Maine Audubon and Signs of the Seasons are working together to learn more about loon populations in New England!

    Signs of the Seasons is looking to add more data around loon phenology in Maine, and we hope loon count volunteers can help! Information on the timing of migration, mating and the appearance of chicks will aid in forming an accurate picture of loon populations in Maine.

    Interested volunteers will attend a training that includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the online database hosted by the National Phenology Network.

    To register for this training, please click here or call Pam Doherty at 207-832-0343.

  • SPEAKER SERIES: Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy
    • Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15
    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.

    Dr. 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.

    Sip on complimentary wine from Chickadee Wines, beer from Allagash Brewing Company and enjoy assorted appetizers.

    This event is 21+. Doors/ refreshments at 6:30 pm.

    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.

    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.

  • July
  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 9, 2016 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.

  • Creating a Seashell Wreath
    • Wednesday Jul 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $17 - Non-members: $20

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us for an evening of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

    Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 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
    • Tuesday Jul 26, 2016 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.

  • August
  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Wednesday Aug 17, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 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 6:00

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

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  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 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!.

    The morning will start with a brief introduction. After that, monitors will disperse to their assigned sections.IMG_2848

     

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Thursday Aug 25, 2016 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

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 29, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $14

    IMG_8331Explore 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.

  • September
  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2016
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 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 2016

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

  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 23, 2016 – Sunday Sep 25, 2016
      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. There will also be 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.
    Information packets coming soon!