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

  • 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.

     

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks
    • Tuesday May 26, 2015 – Friday May 29, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    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.

    Friday, May 8:  Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Assn., Brewer

    Leaders:  Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski

    Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Assn., North Main St.

    Saturday, May 9 (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.

    Tuesday, May 12:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leaders:  Paul Markson, Gloria Vollmers

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Kittredge Rd.

    Wednesday, May 13:  Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor

    Leaders:  Jim and Kathy Zeman

    Meet in the parking area inside the State St. entrance.

    Friday, May 15:  Saxl Park, Bangor

    Leaders:  Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne

    Meet in Cascade Park parking lot, just off State St.

    Monday, May 18:  Leonard’s Mills, Bradley

    Leader:  Sandi Duchesne

    Meet at the junction of Government Rd and Rt. 178.

    Wednesday, May 20:  Bangor City Forest, Bangor

    Leader:  Paul Corcoran

    Meet at parking lot in BCF at end of Tripp Dr.

    Thursday, May 21:  Essex Woods, Bangor

    Leaders:  Robert Ostrowski, Gordon Russell

    Meet in the parking lot at the end of Watchmaker Rd.

    Friday, May 22:  Caribou Bog area, Orono

    Co-sponsored by Orono Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at OLT parking area 0.3 mi in on Taylor Rd. from Forest Ave.

    Saturday, May 23:  Technology Park, Orono

    Leaders:  Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird

    On Godfrey Dr., across from the Black Bear Inn, go past Lixus Nexus on left, turn left after next white bldg., meet in the rear parking lot.

    Tuesday, May 26:  West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor

    Co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust

    Leaders:  Elizabeth Payne, Gordon Russell

    Meet at the dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex St.

    Wednesday, May 27:  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.

    Thursday, May 28:  University of Maine, Orono

    Leader: Sandi Duchesne

    Meet in the parking lot on Route 2 (Park Street), approximately one mile north of Rangeley Road campus entrance

    Friday, May 29: Stillwater River Trail, Orono

    Leaders: Elizabeth Payne, Holly Twining

    Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Bennoch Road and Noyes Drive.

  • Birds of Brownfield Bog 2015
    • Tuesday Jun 2, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Brownfield Bog
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 5:30 a.m.) Please call for availability!

    Image: US Fish & Wildlife ServiceBrownfield Bog, in the Saco River’s floodplain, is a fascinating complex of small peatlands, ponds, maple swamps, and meandering watercourses that harbor some of Maine’s more uncommon breeding birds. The Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest in the deciduous forest along the water’s edge; both cuckoo species, thrushes, and sapsuckers can be found in the surrounding forest. There is no better place to study the different songs and habits of both Alder and Willow Flycatchers. Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye compete with the Wood Ducks for the nesting boxes posted around the wetland. Hidden among the reeds may be found American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora, and we’re sure to hear and see Wilson’s Snipe. There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 5:30 a.m. with an 12:30 p.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Brownfield Bog (use the link above or contact Doug at the number below for directions).

  • Know Your Seabirds
    • Thursday Jun 4, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $5.00

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm the night before so you’ll be ready to identify everything that we see during the trip. This will be a great chance to brush up on the differences between Arctic and Common Terns, or learn how to pick Common Murres out of groups of Razorbills.

    You can register in advance but we will have plenty of space for walk-ins. (Walk-ins must pay with cash or check.)

  • 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.

    Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2015.pdf

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Jun 6, 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.

  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2015
    • Saturday Jun 13, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30
    • 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 packet: Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains (2015) [pdf]

  • 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

    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.

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    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
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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

     

  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jun 28, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 Non-members: $75.00

    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
    • Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $60.00 Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.
    Learn more

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2015
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $50

    Atlantic PuffinWith its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise I [pdf]

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 12, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $60.00 Non-members: $75.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.


    Learn more

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Friday Jul 17, 2015 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $12 Non-members: $14
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    Explore 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.

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 18, 2015 7:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free

    Bird Monitoring SMACJoin us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
    Learn more

  • 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.

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2015
    • Friday Aug 7, 2015 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $50
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    With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

    This popular evening boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast.

    Important information about this trip: Puffin Cruise II [pdf]

  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday Aug 15, 2015 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free

    Join us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds and help us document all present species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, we divide the marsh among groups of monitors. Depending on the assignment, some surveys are on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!
    Learn more