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Browsing event topic: Birding

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Apr 2, 2015 – Thursday Nov 5, 2015
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • 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 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.

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • 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.


  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2015
    • Saturday Sep 12, 2015 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • 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 2015

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

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015
    • Saturday Sep 19, 2015 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Location: Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 Non-members: $75

    Bald Eagle by Robert DentonWhen 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.

    Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2015

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

  • Portland Patches: Dragon Fields
    • Friday Oct 9, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Dragon Fields, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Once a landfill (now capped), the Dragon Fields are essentially a scrubby hill that acts as a magnet for migrants in the fall. A variety of sparrows can be found in the dense cover while warblers gleam the trees on the perimeter. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around this diverse patch located just minutes from Portland.

    Meet in the parking lot by the Quarry Run Dog Park (linked above).

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

  • The Big Sit! 2015
    • Saturday Oct 10, 2015 12:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Free
    The Big Sit!

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country!

    We sit inside a 17-foot circle in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm, counting every bird species we see or hear. Join us for as long as you want during the day, no need to sign up ahead of time. Bring a lawn chair, something warm to drink, snack/lunch and join us for the fun!

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of your birding expertise. Click here to read more about The Big Sit!

    Contact: Linda Woodard – (207) 781-2330 x213 or

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Friday Oct 23, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds, and hopefully some out-of-range rarities that often frequent this area in the fall.