Events & Programs: Adult


  • April
  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday Aug 30, 2014
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Saturday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary. We will walk the property looking for birds, wildlife and plants.

    Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one. Please dress to be comfortable outside for two hours.

    We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading out.

  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    Saturdays, April 19, May 17, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Earth Day Potluck Celebration
    • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Come and bring your favorite dish to share and we’ll celebrate what we love about the earth. We’ll also discuss what we can do to move ourselves and others to action to make the earth a better place for every living being.

    Suggested donation $5 to benefit the nature center.

  • Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening
    • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $5 - Non-members: $7

    Join Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Maine Audubon and AMC members receive a discounted entrance fee. Join us for a fun evening of food, drink and conservation films!

    Cash bar and food starts at 6:30. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat!

    Films:

    • Eric Becker (Washington): A Life Well Lived – Jim Whittaker & 50 Years of Everest
    • Sebastien Pins (Belgium): Ma forêt
    • Joel Osgood (Lewiston, ME): Inspired to Explore (Maine)
    • Owen Cassidy/ Nick Bowie (Portland, ME): Riding Knife’s Edge
    • No Umbrella Media (Portland, ME): For Those who Love Paddlers
    • Taylor Walker (Millinocket, ME): The Way we Live
    • Carter Davidson (Manchester, NH): Turning Tail
    • David Doering (Wisconsin): One Man, One Canoe, Two Countries: A Filmmaker’s Quest

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  • April Live Wildlife Show
    • Friday Apr 25, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Adult Members: $10 Child Members: $10
      Adult Non-members: $15 Child Non-members: $10

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    The public is invited to join us on the Friday of April vacation week to view a live animal show at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

    Our friends at Center for Wildlife will bring furry and feathered guests to Gilsland Farm so that we can get a closer look at some of the wildlife we work to protect.  See birds of prey, a bat, a squirrel and more!

    The show takes place indoors and is easily accessible for all. Our live animal shows usually sell out, so register soon. Walk-ins welcome if space remains available.

  • Cliff Island Exploration
    • Saturday Apr 26, 2014 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Cliff Island, Casco Bay
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

    Join naturalists George Libby and Gary Roberts for an exploration around Casco Bay’s Cliff Island. The early morning ferry will get us out to the island with plenty of time to walk to Kennedy Beach to watch for returning and resident birds, search for early emerging plants and wildflowers, and check out the tide pools. The beach varies greatly along its length. The Bluffs—a long, raised, narrow chunk of rock—and the main part of Cliff Island shelter a wide area of water from the most severe wind and surf.

    • Please purchase your ferry ticket ahead of time.
    • Bring a lunch and beverage.
    • Optional early ferry return at 12:00 p.m.

    Important information about this trip: Cliff Island Exploration (2014) trip details [pdf]

  • Coyote – America’s Songdog
    • Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $7.00

    Come and learn about this important, resilient carnivore in a way you have never heard before. This presentation is about us as well, since we share the landscape and our lives with Coyote. Geri Vistein will touch upon Anthropology, Archaeology, Prehistoric and Modern History, Native American life, poetry, Human Psychology, Human Belief Systems, European World Views, Wildlife Science and Ecology, Animal Husbandry, and more.

    America’s Songdog gives community members a chance to come together and share stories, ask questions, and share a dialogue. Come hear the Song Dogs Sing!

    To learn more about Coyotes, go to Geri Vistein’s educational website ~ www.CoyoteLivesinMaine.com

    Photo by Debbie DiCarlo

     

  • May
  • A Birder’s Guide to Everything
    • Thursday May 1, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Cinemagic in Westbrook
    • Price: $11.00

    We are very excited to be hosting a showing of the new movie “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” at the Westbrook Cinemagic on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30PM. This event is organized through tugg.com.

    David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.

    Thanks to tugg.com, we are able to bring this movie to Maine and have this single showing in Westbrook. We need to sell 76 tickets by April 24th in order to meet the threshold for the movie to be played. So order your tickets early and please help spread the word!

    Reserve your tickets now at: http://www.tugg.com/events/8831

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks May 2014
    • Saturday May 3, 2014 – Tuesday May 27, 2014
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Unless otherwise indicated, all walks are from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.  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.

    Saturday, May 3:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gudrun Keszoecze

    Take I-95 to exit 197; go 4.75 mi. west on Rt. 43; look for large red signs on the right; enter refuge at gate 1, proceed ½ mi. to Pine Tree parking area

    Wednesday, May 7:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

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

    Saturday, May 10 (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.

    Monday, May 12:  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.

    Wednesday, May 14:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance

    Thursday, May 15:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

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

    Friday, May 16:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

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

    Monday, May 19:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Bob Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178

    Monday, May 19 (evening walk):  Chimney swift outing, Bangor

    Leader:  Bob Milardo

    Meet at 7:30 pm at State St. bridge over Kenduskeag Stream (between Main St. and Harlow St.)

    Tuesday, May 20:  Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at BLT kiosk on Kittredge Rd. just before the power lines.

    Thursday, May 22:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Lucy Quimby, Elizabeth Payne

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

    Friday May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    Meet in the parking lot behind the Microdyne Building on Godfrey Dr.

    Tuesday, May 27:  University of Maine campus, Orono

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the rear of the University Credit Union parking lot on Rangeley Rd.

  • Om Land Yoga in Nature
    • Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $30.00 - Non-members: $40.00

    Gather at the nature center for a half-day of yoga explorations with Om Land Yoga instructors. The teachers will enliven your practice by bringing their own personal style to each yoga session. We’ll also get outside and enjoy an exploration in nature. Food and beverages will be available. Please call 989-2591 to register.

     

     

  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday May 5, 2014 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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  • Minimizing & Adapting to Climate Change: Perspectives from the Conservation Community
    • Monday May 5, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Save the Date!Bears for Web

    Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) are teaming up to present an evening of panel discussions about the impact of climate change on wildlife and habitat in Maine.

    Learn what you can do to help wildlife adapt to climate change and what daily actions you can take to reduce our carbon footprint.

    Schedule and speakers TBA.

     

     

  • Book Discussion Group: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
    • Thursday May 8, 2014 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Bangor Public Library
    • Free

    Field Notes provides an unbiased overview and is a model for writing about an urgent environmental crisis. Kolbert’s calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. Expanding on a series for the New Yorker, Kolbert lets facts rather than polemics tell the story. 

    Leader: Joyce Rumery

  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 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.

    Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (part of Spring Fest)
    Leaders: Jerry Smith, Bruce Barker

    Donations welcome.

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 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, insect investigations and more. Get out in nature and spend some time with us! All ages welcome.

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

    8 – 9:00 a.m.    Photo Explorations with Bruce Gray

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

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

    11 a.m. – noon    Insect Fun

    11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Live Music

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  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Monday May 12, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 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 students 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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  • Moonlight Canoeing
    • Monday May 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Price: $5.00

    Paddle around Fields Pond island and out to the “red bridge”, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one of ours. Heavy rain or thunder would cancel the paddle.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.

     

  • 2014 Maine Audubon Birdathon
    • Saturday May 17, 2014 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free

    Join us for our annual Birdathon! On Saturday, May 17, birders (beginners and experienced alike) will travel across the state of Maine to spot as many bird species as possible in one day.

    This annual event is a fundraiser for Maine Audubon. This event is open to all and we encourage teams of all ages!

    Want to form a team? Pledge your support? Get all the details! 

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  • Fields Pond Work Party
    • Saturday May 17, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals and families are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. Get involved in projects from cleaning the bird feeders to shoring up our boardwalk or putting a fresh coat of paint on the picnic table.

    Work as a family on a project together, or bring some power tools and work within your skill set. No job is too big or small. Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move youngsters to action as well. Groups welcome.

    Call ahead for more info. Lunch will be served or bring your own. With questionable weather, call to find out if we’re a go or not.

    * Special Guest, Trudi Plummer of the Maine Discovery Museum, will be here at the May Work Party as project assistant!

  • Digital Birding
    • Wednesday May 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $6.00

    Join Maine Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, as he eases you into the digital age.

    Learn to explore why field notebooks have turned into eBird checklists and quarterly journals of bird reports are now shared via instant electronic updates. Understand how your phone has become the second most important tool for exploring the natural world.

     

  • The Rare and Exemplary of Appleton Bog
    • Saturday May 24, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

    Appleton Bog is the northernmost occurrence of an Atlantic white cedar swamp, and it is one of the largest Atlantic white cedar swamps in the state. Appleton Bog flows northward into the St. George River via Harriet Brook and the Dead River. The site contains three pure stands of Atlantic white cedar, a rare species, as well as red maple swamp, unpatterned fen, and other wetland types that are part of an approximately 1,000 acre wetland complex.

    With permission from the Nature Conservancy, guides Gary Roberts and George Libby will lead an exploration of the Appleton Bog to locate some of the unique natural communities that occur here.

    Important information about this trip: Appleton Bog 2014 [pdf] 

  • Painting in the Woods
    • Saturday May 24, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Join our featured artist, Michael Shyka, for an artistic adventure in the woods. Michael will take participants out to one of his favorite locations and help them set up to capture the beauty that they see through paints.

    Come prepared to be outside. Please call FPAC to register. 

    Leader: Michael Shyka, Bangor Artist

     

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday May 26, 2014 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 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:
    • $14 preregistration
    • $17 race day registration
    • $4 Kids 1K Fun Run (12 and under)

    Prices subject to change. Check back for updates on prices and additional sponsors.


    Learn more

  • SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    • Friday May 30, 2014 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Free
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    SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
    Falmouth, Maine

    Curated by June LaCombe

    • Show runs from May 30 – September 30, 2014
    • Opening reception will be held Friday, May 30 at 5:00 pm.

    Join us for food, drink and tours of June’s latest sculpture exhibition. 10% of sales proceeds benefit Maine Audubon.

    Media Sponsor:

    Maine Magazine

     

     

     

    June LaCombe specializes in SCULPTURE and shows the work over 40 artists from the New England region. Her exhibition demonstrates how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years, she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees sales, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. 

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  • Canoeing at Hirundo
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
    • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Price: $5 suggested donation

    Join Holly, Maine Audubon naturalist, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge for a paddle with Gudrun, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s onsite naturalist. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for birds, moose, otter and interesting plant life along the way. Canoes available or bring your own boat.

    Reservation requested by May 30th. Please call 944-9259.

  • Wild Edibles
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $10.00

    Join Orono’s plant guru, Claire Ackroyd, on an outdoor adventure in search of edibles. We may even find something to cook up and eat at the close of the program.

    Please call FPAC to register.

  • June
  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80.00 - Non-members: $100.00

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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.

    Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf]

  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains
    • Wednesday Jun 11, 2014 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $25 - Non-members: $35
    • 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 sheets coming soon.

  • Wednesday Morning Birding
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $3.00 - Non-members: $5.00

    The 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.

    Free for volunteers.

  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $15

    Although the official start to Summer isn’t here yet, wildflowers are already blooming. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jun 29, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

    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
  • Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Miramichi
    • Thursday Jul 3, 2014 – Sunday Jul 6, 2014
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Price: $1020.00

    Maine Audubon friend and former trustee, Bob Milardo will lead a trip for 3-days of Atlantic salmon fishing on the Main Southwest Miramichi River in New Brunswick and neighboring tributaries the Renous and Cains Rivers. Bob Milardo and the Miramichi Renous Club host the trip. The club owns a mile of river frontage with exclusive access to 6 pools and is situated on the Miramichi near Blackville. Registration fees include lodging (rooms with private bath) for three nights, all meals, occasional cookies for persons of merit, guide, all tips, and three days of fishing.

    The visit is timed to intercept the early run a large multi-sea winter salmon. All Atlantic salmon must be released live without harm and preferably without being removed from the water.

    Guests are responsible for personal fishing equipment and should be reasonably proficient in casting a single-handed or two-handed fly rod. A checklist of recommended gear will be provided.

    Contact Bob Milardo at rm8014@gmail.com to register. 

  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

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


    Learn more

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 13, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 - Non-members: $65.00

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


    Learn more

  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $15

    Summer is in full swing, and the wildflowers continue to bloom in the warmth. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 25, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    Experience the marsh at this beautiful time of day.  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.

  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 - Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • August
  • Wildflower Walk
    • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $12 - Non-members: $15

    Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still many flowers to find and observe. We’ll focus on the natural history and identification of the plants we find using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This book utilizes a simple and elegant key system, and with a little practice, it’s easy to use. If you have a copy of Newcomb’s please bring this with you (other field guides are welcome too).

  • Sunset Canoe Tour
    • Friday Aug 22, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    Experience the marsh at this beautiful time of day.  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.

  • September
  • Borestone Mountain Naturalist Weekend
    • Friday Sep 12, 2014 – Sunday Sep 14, 2014
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Borestone Mountain
    • Members: $225 - Non-members: $250

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Mike Windsor and Registered Maine Guide 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.

    Important information about this trip: Borestone Naturalist’s Weekend 2014 [pdf]

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay
    • Saturday Sep 13, 2014 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    When 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.

    More information and registration coming soon!

  • Fabulous Fall Canoe Tour
    • Saturday Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $11 - Non-members: $13

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program provides a special opportunity to see the fall changes to the salt marsh. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful fall colors of the many plants of the marsh.

    It is part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.