Events & Programs


Browsing event topic: Birding

  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Dec 17, 2015 – Thursday Mar 24, 2016
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Thursday
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00
    Swamp Sparrow - Doug Hitchcox

    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.

    The walk on January 21st had to be cancelled. Sorry! See you next week.

    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.

  • Cycling through Gulls
    • Thursday Feb 25, 2016 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. To quote Steve N.G. Howell, “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” 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 27 to complement this lecture: Gulls of Portland

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Friday Feb 26, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. In this class we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Gulls of Portland
    • Saturday Feb 27, 2016 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. To paraphrase Steve N.G. Howell: “There are those who struggle with gulls, and those who lie about it.” Join our staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Portland Waterfront where you’ll focus on learning how to tell all of these large larids (gulls) apart.

    p.s. We will finish near Becky’s Diner, so if participants want to warm up with a cup of coffee and keep talking gulls, please join us for this ‘extension’.

  • eBird Primer
    • Wednesday Mar 9, 2016 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 12, 2016 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 Basics: Making It Count
    • Thursday Mar 24, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    Perfect for the beginning birder or for the ‘pros’ to learn new techniques, these “birding basics” courses will focus on different skills that every birder should learn and know. One of the most valuable resources available to birders is eBird.org. In this course we will learn how to use this database and also contribute our sightings to this world wide citizen science project.

  • Learn the Ansers – Workshop
    • Wednesday Mar 30, 2016 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 the following morning 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 Apr 2, 2016 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 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 30 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

  • EARLY SPRING WATERFOWL
    • Saturday Apr 9, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Free

    Many ducks return to the area as soon as ice is out. Pre-trip scouting will determine our itinerary but may include the Orrington marsh, Fields Pond, Brewer Lake, the Penobscot River, Essex Woods, and the Penjajawoc Marsh. Little walking involved.

    Location: Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center

    Saturday, April 9, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Leader: Jerry Smith

    Cost: Free Donations welcome. Please call 989-2591 to let us know you’re coming.

  • Bird Banding
    • Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: River Point Conservation Area, West Falmouth
    • Members: $Free Non-members: $5

    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 Canada Warbler in the handalso 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

     

  • Wednesday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Wednesday May 11, 2016 – Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
      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.

     

  • Fields Pond Field Trip: Sparrow Tour
    • Saturday Jun 4, 2016 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    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. 

  • Family Discovery Series: Backyard Birding
    • Saturday Jun 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greater Bangor
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    • Price: 15.00/20.00 per family

    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.