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

  • Cliff Island Exploration
    • Saturday Apr 25, 2015 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Cliff Island, Casco Bay
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $45

    Join naturalists Doug Hitchcox, George Libby and Gary Roberts for an exploration around Casco Bay’s Cliff Island. The early morning ferry will get us out to the island with plenty of time to walk to Kennedy Beach to watch for returning and resident birds, search for early emerging plants and wildflowers, and check out the tide pools. The beach varies greatly along its length. The Bluffs—a long, raised, narrow chunk of rock—and the main part of Cliff Island shelter a wide area of water from the most severe wind and surf.

    • Please purchase your ferry ticket ahead of time.
    • Bring a lunch and beverage.
    • Optional early ferry return at 12:00 p.m.

    Information packet: Cliff Island Exploration (2015) [pdf]

  • Intro to Warblers
    • Wednesday Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • 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.

    Registration is not capped for this lecture. You can pay at the door with cash or check.

  • Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery
    • Monday May 4, 2015 – Thursday May 14, 2015
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Monday - Thursday
    • Location: Evergreen Cemetery
    • Portland
    • Free

    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.

  • Capisic Pond Fridays
    • Friday May 8, 2015 – Friday May 15, 2015
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Friday
    • Location: Capisic Pond, Portland
    • Free

    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.

    Map from Portland Trails »

  • Neighborhood Bird Walks
    • Friday May 8, 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.

  • 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

    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.     Journal Making w/ Paul Ryan

    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: $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.

     

  • Birding By Ear
    • Thursday May 14, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • 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.

  • Little Big Day
    • Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • 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.

  • Freeport Birding Weekend
    • Friday May 22, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015
      7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Location: L.L.Bean
    • Free
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    We are very excited to announce the Freeport Birding Weekend, a new event in partnership with L.L.Bean. Over Memorial Day Weekend, we will have a variety of speakers, clinics and outings based in Freeport that will appeal to beginners and pros across all ages. If you are interested in birds, this event is for you. More details coming soon but here are a few fun events scheduled:

    Bernd Heinrich:  Presentation about his newest book, “The Homing Instinct”. Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

    Outings: Florida Lake, Pettengil Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and owl prowls.

    Clinics: “Essential gear,” Birding 101 and Bird Photography

    Family events: Birding for kids; there will also be educators with live birds on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 pm

    Birdathon: The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun! Learn more, register a team or pledge to support a team here.

    Check back soon for more details!

  • 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

     

  • 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.)

    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.

    Information packet coming soon. 

  • 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.

    Call to register 394-2171 Registration deadline: May 2220120531_193744

    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

  • 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.

  • 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