Events & Programs


  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    black capped chickadee

    Join us each Thursday 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.

  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
      7:00am – 9:00am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    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.

  • Salt Marsh by Canoe
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      8:00am – 6:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Price: $11/person with a 10 person minimum

    This 1 1/2 hour program provides a special opportunity for participants 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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  • Salt Marsh Nature Explorations
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Friday, Oct 3, 2014
      9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Daily by registration only
    • Location: 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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  • SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature
    • Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 – Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
      9:00am – 5:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free
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    Owl, by Andrea von Huene.

    Now through September 30

    June LaCombe’s sculpture exhibit, SCULPTURE at Maine Audubon: A Celebration of Art and Nature, is on display at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. The show includes 82 sculptures by New England artists. 10% of proceeds are donated to Maine Audubon. Maps and a price list are available at Gilsland Farm.

    Please visit June LaCombe Sculpture for photos and more information.

  • Guided Canoe Tours
    • Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 – Monday, Sep 1, 2014
      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

    Discover 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.

     

  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 – Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
      7:00am – 8:30am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • Members: $5.00 - Non-members: $8.00

    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. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.

     

  • Summer Squash
    • Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
      8:30am – 12:30pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 – Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
      1:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    July 15 – July 24

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  • Summer Squash
    • Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      8:30am – 12:30pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $190, Child Non-members: $240

    Preschoolers will use their senses to explore the salt marsh, meadows, forest and pond at Gilsland Farm. We will incorporate stories, games, crafts and hikes to facilitate your child’s understanding of the natural world.

    *Drop off your child for this half-day program

    *Pack a lunch and snack to enjoy outside

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Afternoon Adventurers
    • Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      1:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $120, Child Non-members: $170

    Older preschoolers are invited to continue their adventure at Gilsland Farm after Summer Squash ends! Children ages 4-5 spend the afternoon exploring the various habitats, playing games and making crafts.

    *This drop off program takes place from 1:00 to 3:30pm, either as an extension of morning Summer Squash or as a single program.

    Two Week Summer Session (Wednesdays & Fridays)
    July 16 – July 25

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  • Summer Camp: Wonderful Water
    • Monday, Jul 21, 2014 – Friday, Jul 25, 2014
      9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240

    Why do all animals and plants need water? Campers will learn all about water and how to keep our water resources clean and healthy for the future. We will search for bullfrogs, cool down with water games and explore the wonderfully watery and wild places at Gilsland Farm and beyond.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
  • August
  • Paddle and Hiking Adventure
    Osprey in nest by Richard Spinney
    • Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 10:00am – 1:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $15.00 - Non-members: $20.00

    Join co-directors Holly Twining and Cyndi Kuhn for a Saturday adventure on water and land. We will paddle with canoes and kayaks out to the island on Fields Pond and then take a hike.

    Then, we’ll continue our explorations on the water to look out for eagles, osprey, herons, loons, and much more.

    Please bring your lunch and call to let us know you’re coming.

  • September
  • Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins: A Story of Extinction and Survival
    • Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • Free

    Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society Present:

    Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinatti Zoo.

    Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

    Passenger Pigeons, Puffins & Plovers: A Story of Extinction & Survival

    September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last surviving Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon’s population in 1814 was estimated to be 3.5 billion. There are countless first- person stories about skies turning black with pigeons in the nineteenth century. Why did such an abundant species go extinct in less than one hundred years?

    Learn about the fate of the Passenger Pigeon and other extinct birds of recent years, as well as successful comeback stories like the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagle. What are our endangered species today? Learn what actions you can take to ensure that our wildlife species are here for generations to come.

    Free for members of Maine Audubon and Maine Historical Society.

    • $5 general admission.
    • Cash bar and light food.
    • Come see a Passenger Pigeon mount from Maine Audubon’s collections!

    All participants receive a Passenger Pigeon origami to fold! Learn more at Fold the Flock.

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  • Mushrooming Workshop
    Mushrooms
    • Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
    • Members: $17.00 - Non-members: $22.00

    Join the Mushroom Maineiac, David Spahr, as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase.

    Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

    Please call to register.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 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.

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    • Monday, Sep 8, 2014 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

  • Full Moon Canoe Tour
    kayaking at moonlight canoe
    • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 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

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

    Borestone Mountain by Gary Roberts

    Join Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox 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
    Bald Eagle by Robert Denton
    • Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 8:30am – 1:30pm
    • Location: 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.

    Information sheet coming soon!

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip
    • Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6:00am – 2:00pm
    • Location: Bar Habor, ME - meet at 5:30am (see attached PDF below)
    • Members: $125 - Non-members: $160

    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 2014  [pdf]

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

    IMG_1536This 1.5 hour program will take participants through the winding curves of the Dunstan River and provide a special opportunity to see the changes to the salt marsh as the season turns. We will see migrating birds (including shorebirds and raptors) and the beautiful autumn colors of the many plants of the marsh. This unique experience will give you a chance to enjoy the wonders of the salt marsh in a new setting as fall brings its changes to this special environment.

    This program is a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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