Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • 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.

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

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
      10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: 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.

  • Daily Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      10:00am – 11:30am
    • Daily
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Adult Members: $10.00, Child Members: $9.00
      Adult Non-members: $12.00, Child Non-members: $9.00

    RVmjU5sOu6Bc9Kb62pDkfg2hOvJmzqvCcJ4pOqkK5fgDiscover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Gliding through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichugs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one. This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 10 – 11:30 Daily. No reservations needed.

     

  • Yoga in the Apple Orchard
    • Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 – Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
      11:30am – 12:15pm
    • Every Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Price: FREE - Donations appreciated

    Sarah Tree on Crescent BeachJoin us each Thursday this summer for lunchtime yoga in the apple orchard with instructor Sarah Victor, LMT, RYT. Class is free, but donations are appreciated and go to support the work of Maine Audobon. Please bring a mat and any props you may need if possible; some mats and props are available for use. Please e-mail the instructor directly with any questions at [email protected]

     

  • Nature Tuesday Group
    • Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 – Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
      1:30pm – 3:00pm
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Come join the Nature Tuesday Group!  We will meet every other week to explore the outdoors at Gilsland Farm and other locations.  Adults with any level of knowledge are welcome….we will learn from each other.

    Walks are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and meet rain or shine. We start in the Environmental Center, but plan to spend most of the time outdoors.

    Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them.
  • August
  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Aug 29, 2016 7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: 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.

  • Brook Trout in Maine
    • Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Emily Bastian will present a summary of the Brook Trout Survey including: this year’s data and how it is being used, what Maine’s next steps are for maintaining and improving stream health for our precious native brook trout population, and how volunteers can contribute.

  • September
  • Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
    • Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – Monday, Sep 5, 2016
      9:00am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Free

    Join us for fun on our last full weekend and help the center out! We will have an end of the season sale in the store, door prizes, a used book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, a yard sale on Sunday and much more.

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  • Night Hike at Fields Pond
    • Friday, Sep 9, 2016 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $7 - Non-members: $10

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of a calming evening hike along the edge of Fields Pond followed by some stargazing along our return to the Center.

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 8:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 - Non-members: $75

    bald eagleWhen 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.

    Information packet coming soon.

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

  • September Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Free

    Let’s move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us to chip away at our ‘to do’ list. No job is too big or small.

    Cyndi Kuhn, Lead Educator, will be on hand to move both adults and youngsters to action. Bring your own lunch, snacks and sweets provided.

    Please call 989-2591 for details or if your group would like to set up a Saturday Work Party on a different date.

     

     

  • Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen
    • Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $10 - Non-members: $15

    A joint offering with Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project

    cohen-mushroomSouthern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I have Known…and Eaten to learn about at least two dozen species of native edible plants to non-native weeds and invasive species.

    Depending on the weather, several edible mushrooms may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species, preparations methods, and safe guidelines for use and ecologically-responsible foraging will be covered.

     

  • Family Fun: Fall Frolic
    • Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 – Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
      10:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Price: Members: $70/family, Nonmembers $105/family

    Seven Wednesdays

    Children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to 3 children per adult please. Join us for seven weeks of nature based learning and play with your children. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long-lasting connection with nature. Each hour long program includes age appropriate activities, crafts and an outdoor exploration.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 – Friday, Sep 16, 2016
      6:30pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    Visit the Scarborough Marsh on the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.  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) 883-5100.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Friday, Sep 16, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

    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) 883-5100

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2016
    • Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 6:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: 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

  • Family Discovery Series: Secrets of the Forest
    • Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • Members: $25.00 per family - Non-members: $35.00 per family

    Learn together in this two hour program designed to encourage a family-centered connection with nature. This morning program will engage families to explore and learn the “Secrets of hte Forest” and will include various forest habitats and how to preserve this precious landscape and promote healthy populations for Maine’s amphibians birds and mammals.

     

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