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- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
- 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 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.
Bird walks will start at 7:00AM beginning on April 7th. On April 28th our walk will be held across the street at the Portland Country Club (meet at 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME).
A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783
One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds—particularly warblers—is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of the migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.
We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.
Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center. Evergreen is a particular favorite spot of his: the location where he spent hours, many years ago, before high school learning warblers for the first time.
This small Portland park features a surprising assortment of habitats and provides a welcome refuge for migrant and nesting birds. Join us for some outstanding morning birding.
Leader: Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center.
Join biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a bird banding demonstration. You will have the opportunity to see birds up close and learn about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Meet at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth.
Join us for a Flying WILD education workshop after this banding demonstration at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. Participants will receive a Flying WILD curriculum guide with 43 activities. Door prizes and resources are also being distributed. Click here for more information and to register.
What is bird banding?
Bird banding is a research tool used by scientists to monitor bird movement, productivity and life span. Mist nets are used to capture birds and a small metal band is placed on the bird’s leg. After a series of measurements are quickly recorded, the birds are released unharmed. For more about BRI’s River Point project, please visit www.briloon.org/riverpoint
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. This program is led by a variety of bird leaders.
Spring is here and the birds will are 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.
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Fields Pond Audubon Center! Bring your favorite people, pack a snack and drop in for any or all of the day’s events. There will be lots to do and learn in a group or on your own. Activities include:
- Early morning birdwalk with Gordon Russell
- Bird banding with Rad Mayfield
- Children’s activity area
- Birdathon registration
- Forest birdwalk
- Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more.
Spring migration is peaking… These are the days where it is possible to see over 100 species of birds in Maine. Birders often pick days around this time to perform a “Big Day” in which they’ll cover a range of habitats and see how many species they can track down in a single day. For this trip you can join our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a day (7am to 3pm) full birds: shorebirds to warblers, and hawks to herons, we’ll see how many species we can track down!
This is a van trip so space is limited. A packed lunch and snacks are recommended and plenty of bathroom stops will be made.
We are very excited to partner with L.L. Bean for the Second Annual Freeport Birding Festival. We will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginner and expert birders of all ages. More details coming soon.
Need help improving your sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very flashy so they can be challenging to recognize. John Wyatt will lead a tour through Prospect and Frankfort with stops at the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens. In addition to the more common sparrows we’ll look for Vespers and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Meet up is 7 am at public parking lot in Winterport next to antique store. Register online in advance.
7:00a-12p Saturday June 4.
With on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a couple days 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.
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.
Information packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf] Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273
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.
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 (2016) [pdf]
Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273
Join lead educator Cyndi Kuhn and explore the world of birding as a family, right in your own backyard! A delightful afternoon together will include indoor and outdoor time. Dress for the weather.
Join us at Scarborough Marsh for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species.
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!.
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.
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