Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: Birding

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Feb 23, 2017 – Thursday Mar 30, 2017
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • 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.

    Walks will be at 7:00AM again beginning in April.

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

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    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.

    There is a Learn the Answers Workshop on March 23 that is highly recommended for anyone coming on this field trip.

    *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.

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

  • Birding By Ear
    • Thursday Apr 27, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    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.


    Learn more

  • Intro to Warblers
    • Thursday May 4, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Just in time for their spring arrival, our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will hold a workshop to teach you various techniques for identifying the gems of our forest: warblers. We will look at the diversity of the family, keys for identifying each species, and even spend time learning the songs and auditory cues to take your birding to the next level.

    This is a great opportunity to learn some of the birds we’ll be seeing on our free ‘Warbler Walks’ at Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Pond Park from May 8th through the 19th.


    Learn more

  • Warbler Walks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday May 8, 2017 – Thursday May 18, 2017
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Portland
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Monday through Thursday we will bird Evergreen Cemetery. Last year we identified 111 species during these two weeks!

    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.

  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday May 12, 2017 – Friday May 19, 2017
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Friday
    • Location: Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Fridays during these ‘Warbler Walks’ we go birding at Capisic Pond which often holds unique species like Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos, and waterbirds like Wood Ducks and Virginia Rails.

    Map from Portland Trails »

  • Springfest at Fields Pond
    • Saturday May 13, 2017 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
    • [map]
    • Free

    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:

    • Morning birdwalk with Brude Barker and Jerry Smith  7- 8:30 am
    • Children’s activity area 10am-1pm
    • Birdathon registration 10am-1pm
    • Forest birdwalk 11am
    • Phenology walk 12pm
    • Self-guided scavenger hunts, story walk, bird sleuth activity, and more. 10am – 1pm
  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
      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.

     

  • Little Big Day
    • Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Members: $50 Non-members: $60

    Baltimore OrioleSpring 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.

  • Know Your Seabirds 2017
    • Tuesday Jun 6, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
    • [map]
    • Price: $10

    Wilson's Storm-petrelWith on annual trip to Matinicus Rock on Friday, we are holding a ‘seabirds primer’ at Gilsland Farm a few 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


    Learn more

  • Birds of Brownfield Bog 2017
    • Wednesday Jun 7, 2017 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 a 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).


    Learn more

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 9, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80 Non-members: $100

    WatchingRAZOs 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.


    Learn more

  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains 2017
    • Monday Jun 19, 2017 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Vesper Sparrow

    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.

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


    Learn more

  • Family Nature Walk -Mummichugs and Marsh Muck
    • Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 – Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
      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.

     

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise I 2017
    • Saturday Jul 15, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $50

    Atlantic Puffin

    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 I [pdf]


    Learn more

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 22, 2017 6:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
    • [map]
    • 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

  • Sunset Puffin Cruise II 2017
    • Friday Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $50
    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    Puffin by Andy Anderson

    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]


    Learn more