Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: Birding

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Apr 7, 2016 – Thursday Oct 27, 2016
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    ***There will be no walk on August 18th. Sorry for any inconvenience***

    Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

    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 into the West Meadow.

    A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 – Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • [map]
    • 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.

     

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 31, 2016
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Every Wednesday Until August 27
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • [map]
    • 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.

  • Harraseeket River Kayak Tour with L. L. Bean
    • Sunday Aug 28, 2016 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • Location: Mallet Barn

    • 699 Wolf's Neck Rd. , Freeport, ME 04032
    • Members: $56 Non-members: $69

    Grab your binoculars and come join us on this special guided tour to experience a real taste of coastal Maine – and a new experience around every corner. With L. L. Bean’s expert guides, you’ll explore a scenic three-mile-long tidal river, wind through marsh grasses and visit birding destinations only accessible by watercraft. Along the way, a Maine Audubon naturalist will share details and insights about the shorebirds spotted along the tour. Birds commonly observed on the Harraseeket River include American black duck, bald eagle, great blue heron and belted kingfisher.

    The tour starts at Wolfe’s Neck Farm and lasts about 4.5 hours. It will be conducted in recreational solo kayaks.

    All necessary kayaking equipment is included.

    Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on this tour. Not a member? Join today at maineaudubon.org/join or call 207-781-2330, ext. 232.  

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Early Morning Canoe Tour
    • Monday Aug 29, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • [map]
    • Members: $12 Non-members: $14

    IMG_8331Explore 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.

  • Casco Bay Kayak Tour with L. L. Bean – September
    • Saturday Sep 3, 2016 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Flying Point Paddling Center

    • 14 Marietta Ln. , Freeport, ME 04032
    • Members: $56 Non-members: $69

    Join us for amazing bird-watching by kayak, a unique wildlife viewing adventure.

    After a brief demonstration where you’ll learn basic strokes and techniques for paddling a two-person tandem kayak, L. L. Bean’s experienced guides will lead you on a leisurely paddle around scenic Casco Bay. You’ll experience rocky islands and quiet coves, plus visit birding destinations unreachable by land. Along the tour, a trained naturalist from Maine Audubon will share insights and in-depth interpretive information about the birds spotted along the tour. Birds commonly observed on Casco Bay include common eider, osprey, double-crested cormorant and common tern.

    All necessary kayaking equipment is included.

    Maine Audubon members receive a 20% discount on this tour. Not a member? Join today at maineaudubon.org/join or call 207-781-2330, ext. 232.  

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2016
    • Saturday Sep 10, 2016 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 Non-members: $75

    bald eagleWhen 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 2016 [pdf]

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

  • Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2016
    • Saturday Sep 17, 2016 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 2016

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

  • Birding Basics: Tools of the Trade
    • Thursday Oct 6, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Tools of the Trade: Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, camera recommendations, and much more.

  • The Big Sit! 2016
    • Saturday Oct 8, 2016 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Free

    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!Big Sit

    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 [email protected]

  • Birding Basics: Identifying Birds
    • Thursday Oct 20, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Identifying birds: There are 10,000 species of birds in the world — with 455 spotted in Maine — but which is the one you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail, we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Saturday Oct 29, 2016 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.

  • Birding Sanford Sewerage
    • Wednesday Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Sanford Lagoons
    • Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00

    The treatment ponds at the Sanford Sewerage may be smelly, but they are magnets for waterfowl in the fall. Join our naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a bird walk around this property to study the ducks and geese, plus the sparrows and other migrants that frequent this hot spot in the fall.

    No registration required. Meet Doug in the parking lot at the end of Gavel Road in Sanford (linked above in the “map” link).

  • Birding Basics: Finding Birds
    • Thursday Nov 3, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Nov 17, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Wild Goose Chase 2016
    • Saturday Nov 19, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    The agricultural fields around Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth draw hundreds of migratory geese in the fall. We will travel by van to check various locations that attract these geese and comb through the flocks to study individual variation and hopefully pick out something unique. This area regularly produces hundreds of Canada Geese, but we will also look for Snow, Cackling, and Greater White-fronted Geese, plus the potential for a rare European vagrant like the Barnacle Goose that was here in 2008 or the multiple Pink-footed Geese of 2009.
    Learn more

  • Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)
    • Thursday Dec 1, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to 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. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    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!