Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: Birding

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Dec 1, 2016 – Thursday Mar 30, 2017
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    Walks will start at 8am beginning on December 1st.

    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

  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Feb 4, 2017 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

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

  • Birding with your Smartphone
    • Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Join us for an evening talk about how the smartphone has become one of the most important tools for birding recently. Topics will include the variety of apps for birders and how to pick the best digital field guide. There will also be an introduction to digiscoping (taking photos through binoculars or a scope with your phone) and basic audio recording.

  • Evening Naturalist Series: Birding Basics for your Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $7 Non-members: $10
    • Children under 12 free

    This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. All participants will be prepared to participate the Great Backyard Bird Count like never before.

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 16, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a lecture on how to identify these often confusing but common birds.

    There is also a field trip on February 18 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 18, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Gulls can be an intimidating group of birds to learn how to identify though we see them every day. Winter is a good time to learn gulls because they have completed molting and are more easily identified to age, or which “cycle” they are in.

    Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for trip around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart. Our first stop will be at the boat launch at the Eastern Promenade (see map link above).

  • eBird Primer
    • Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    eBird.org has quickly grown as one of the most important and valuable tools for modern birders. This citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, can help you learn when and where to see any bird, how to hear about the latest rare bird sightings, and even keep you life list up to date.

    Join our staff naturalist (and one of Maine’s eBird reviewers), Doug Hitchcox, for an evening program on how to efficiently use this free tool.

  • Let’s Go Birding! – Van Trip
    • Saturday Mar 11, 2017 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30

    Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds! The destination of this trip will remain TBA so we can be flexible based on what birds are being seen, though we are likely to stay around York and Cumberland Counties. This will be a van trip, leaving from Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, so register early because space is limited.

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

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Thursday Mar 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    If it swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? But did you know there have actually been 45 species of ducks (plus geese and swans) seen in Maine! In this workshop our Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will discuss the natural history of this family, the finer points of identifying these species, where and when to see them.

    This workshop is highly recommended for anyone coming on the Learn the Ansers Field Trip on March 25th but anyone with an interest in this diverse family should attend.

    *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.

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

    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

  • Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
    • Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Wednesdays
    • 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.

     

  • 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
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    • 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.

     

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 22, 2017 6:30 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.
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