Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 – Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
      8:00am – 10:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017
      10:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

    No charge for siblings under age two
    Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

  • April
  • Birding By Ear
    • Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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.


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  • May
  • Family Fun Series at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
      10:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $70.00/family - Non-members: $105.00/family

    Based on our popular program elsewhere, Maine Audubon invites families and caregivers with young children to join us weekly at Fields Pond Audubon Center.  Each one-hour session will feature guided activities and adventures designed to cultivate a love and understanding of our natural world.

    The program is geared towards children aged 2-5, but younger siblings are also welcome.

    No charge for siblings under age two
    Maximum of three children per adult

    Seven week session: Wednesdays, May 3 – June 14

    Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.


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  • Intro to Warblers
    • Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    Just in time for their spring arrival, our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will hold a workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.

    This is a great opportunity to learn some of the birds we’ll be seeing on our free ‘Warbler Walks’ at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Pond Park from May 8th through the 19th.


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  • Warbler Walks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Thursday, May 18, 2017
      7:00am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Monday through Thursday we will bird Evergreen Cemetery. Last year we identified 111 species during these two weeks!

    We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.

  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday, May 12, 2017 – Friday, May 19, 2017
      7:00am
    • Friday
    • Location: Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Fridays during these ‘Warbler Walks’ we go birding at Capisic Pond which often holds unique species like Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos, and waterbirds like Wood Ducks and Virginia Rails.

    Map from Portland Trails »

  • Springfest at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Fields Pond Audubon Center! Bring your favorite people, pack a snack and drop in for any or all of the day’s events. There will be lots to do and learn in a group or on your own. Activities include:

    • Morning birdwalk with Brude Barker and Jerry Smith  7- 8:30 am
    • Children’s activity area 10am-1pm
    • Birdathon registration 10am-1pm
    • Forest birdwalk 11am
    • Phenology walk 12pm
    • Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more. 10am – 1pm
  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017
      7:00am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: 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.

     

  • Pollinator Parade & Festival
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE (parking pass required, see details below)

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, and more.

    11:30 am – Third Annual Pollinator Parade

    We’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Monarch Butterfly Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience. Melissa and Jada will be available to sign copies of the book.

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    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park.

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep the number of vehicles at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


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  • Little Big Day
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • 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.

  • Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
    • Monday, May 29, 2017 8:30am – 12:00pm
    • Location: 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 pre-registration
    • $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
  • Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop
    • Friday, Jun 2, 2017 8:45am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

    Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth, and receive a FREE bird feeder for your classroom. This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students!

    two_girls_with_checklists_pointing-300x200The Flying WILD materials built on scientifically sound information, engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the classroom teacher, Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

    Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:

    • 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
    • Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
    • Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.
  • Family Discovery Series: Phenology Walk
    • Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $$15.00/family - Non-members: $$20.00/family

    Participate in citizen science at Fields Pond Audubon Center by recording observations along a short trail around the Center. Learn how to collect and record data using iNaturalist and eBird. Families will gather the basic skills needed to keep track of important timing of natural events such as when flowers and fruits are visible and what pollinators and birds are present. We will observe native plants, shrubs and trees then look and listen for butterflies, bees, and birds along the trail.

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