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

  • Cliff Island Exploration
    • Saturday Apr 26, 2014 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: 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]

  • A Birder’s Guide to Everything
    • Thursday May 1, 2014 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Location: 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
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    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.

  • Monthly Bird Walks!
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
    beautiful bird captured by Jerry Smith

    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
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    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

    noon – 1:00 p.m.    Nature Exploration

     

  • Moonlight Canoeing
    • Monday May 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Price: $5.00
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    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.

     

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

     

  • Canoeing at Hirundo
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
    • Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

    • Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton
    • Price: $5 suggested donation
    • School age children are free.
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    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.

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: 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
    • Location: 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
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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.

  • Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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
    • Location: 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 II
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: 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
    • Location: 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

  • EcoExplorers
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $250
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Time to don your explorer’s cap and take it outside to discover the thrill of adventure as we explore the different ecosystems here at Fields Pond. Experience the diversity of life and habitat in a different ecosystem each day. Come explore our wonderful world and enjoy the thrill of exercising your body and your mind!

  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.