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  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday Mar 5, 2015
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
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    • 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.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • Greater Bangor Birding Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Join Doug Hitchcox on a trip to a few of his favorite locations he birded during his ‘college-days’. Early March is a great transition from winter to spring birds, so let’s track down some feathered friends and reminisce.

    Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

    Leader: Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Naturalist

  • Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
    • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be 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.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Mar 14, 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.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Mar 14, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Owl Prowl
    • Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Caribou Bog, Orono

    • Take Forest Ave to Taylor Road veer left to the trail head.
    • Price: $5.00
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    March is when owls are most active. They’re hooting to establish pairs and territories. We’ll take a walk into the woods to hear and possibly see feathered nocturnal beauties. Please bring a flashlight.

  • Birding Basics: Making it Count
    • Thursday Mar 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 6: Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Abagadasset River Mouth
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30
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    Join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a field trip to his favorite location for migrating waterfowl in the spring: the Abagadassett River. On the north end of the Merrymeeting Bay, this outlet attracts a variety of ducks each spring and has included some rare and unusual species over the years. Previous highlights from here have included Eurasian Wigeon, “Common” Teal, Tufted Duck, Canvasback, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

    *Not a typo! – Ansers, short for Anseriformes, are an order of birds that includes all of the ducks, geese, and swans that occur in Maine.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15
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    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 of our early returning southern migrants.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Apr 18, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 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, a nature exploration and more.

    All ages, get out in nature and spend some time with us!

    7 – 8:30 a.m.           Bird Walk w/ Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8:30 – 10 a.m.         Printmaking: Bird Art w/ Marcella Christensen

    9 – 11:00 a.m.         Birding by Ear Walk w/ Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon        Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    11 a.m. – noon         Birding for Children w/ Erik Klausmeyer

    noon – 1:00 p.m.     Lichen Exploration w/ Kim Robichaud

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month will bring different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the weather.

  • 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: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    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.

     

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday May 23, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
    • Alton, ME
    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 Non-members: $100

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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.

    Information packet coming soon. 

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge
    • Milford, ME
    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
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    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Birding by Canoe
    • Saturday Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00
    paddle at hirundo II

    Enjoy three diverse habitats in kayaks or canoes at Fields Pond, Hirundo, and Sunkhaze.

    Saturday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge with Rad Mayfield

    Includes talk about Hirundo’s bird habitat and birds you might encounter over breakfast. Reserve you seat in one of the 28′ foot canoes, in a 16 foot canoe or bring your own boat.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 22

    Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am at Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge with Daniel D’Auria

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: June 12

    Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. at Fields Pond with Holly Twining

    Call 989-2591 to register. Registration deadline: June 19

     

  • Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
    • Saturday Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $13

    _MG_9771 Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

    We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.