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  • Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
    • Thursday Dec 4, 2014 – Thursday Mar 5, 2015
      8:00 am – 10:00 am
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    • 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.

    There will be no bird walk on Thursday, November 27th. Walks beginning on December 4th will start at 8:00am.

  • Wings of Winter Field Trip
    • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Greater Portland Area
    • Members: $30 Non-members: $40

    We apologize, this event has been cancelled. If you already registered you will receive a refund.

    Wings of Winter

    This annual field trip explores several of greater Portland’s birding hot spots.

    Starting at Back Cove, we will scan for waterfowl, then work our way around the East End to Portland’s waterfront to check the congregations of gulls for unusual species, including: Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed. From there we will cross the bridge to Willard Beach and work our way along the Cape Elizabeth shore to Portland Head Light, Two Lights State Park and Kettle Cove (time and weather permitting).

    Expect to see loons, grebes, Great Cormorant, at least eight duck species, and other seabirds. Luck may turn up a Barrow’s Goldeneye, Brant or possibly a King Eider.

    Information packet: Wings of Winter 2015 pdf

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Feb 7, 2015 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.

  • Prepping for the Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $6.00
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    Join Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, for an evening of bird identification and best practices for feeding birds. He will describe the Great Backyard Bird Count and let you know how you can participate in this annual citizen science project. This year’s count takes place February 13-16, 2015.

     

  • Birding Basics: Attracting Birds
    • Thursday Feb 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 3: You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to know where to go to find birds.

  • Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Celebration
    • Saturday Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
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    Join us for some fun in the snow (if no snow, we’re still a go!). We will have snowshoes available for exploring our fields and trails, sleds for playing, some ice on our frog pond to explore and warm drinks inside.

    The Maine Discovery Museum will be joining us for  hands-on science and art projects.

    All ages welcome!

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am – 9:30 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.

     

     

  • Portland Patches: Gulls on the Waterfront
    • Saturday Feb 21, 2015 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15
    Wings of Winter

    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    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’.

  • Maine Wildlife in a Changing Climate
    • Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $6.00
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    “The warning signs are getting harder to ignore.”

    That’s a direct quote from a recent article in the Boston Globe about climate change impacts in Maine.

    Maine Audubon’s biologists, citizen scientists and staff closely monitor and study our wildlife and habitat and we know that climate change is already having a devastating impact on Maine wildlife.

    Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, as we share some of our key findings about the effects of climate change on wildlife and what we are doing to help Maine wildlife foster resistance and resiliency to climate change.

  • Birding Basics: Observing Behavior
    • Thursday Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

  • Birding Basics: Birding by Ear
    • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 5: Spring is right around the corner and that means the birds will be 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.

  • Lets go birding! – Van trip
    • Saturday Mar 14, 2015 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.

  • Birding Basics: Making it Count
    • Thursday Mar 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15

    With the start of 2015, it is time we revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the ‘pros’ to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding – review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

    Week 6: Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can contribute back to scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

  • Learn the Ansers – Field Trip
    • Saturday Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Location: Abagadasset River Mouth
    • Members: $20 Non-members: $30
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    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.

    *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.

  • Portland Patches: Eastern Promenade
    • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland
    • Members: $10 Non-members: $15
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    Every birder should have a patch. A birding patch is a place a birdwatcher can visit regularly, know intimately, and enjoy deeply. Portland has many accessible locations that are great for birding throughout the year and we can introduce you to them.

    The microhabitats along Portland’s East End can support a surprising amount of avian diversity. Join our staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, for a walk around the Eastern Promenade to identify ducks, gulls, songbirds, and hopefully some of our early returning southern migrants.

  • Early Morning Birding
    • Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Wednesday Sep 30, 2015
      7:00 am – 8:30 am
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00

    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.

     

  • 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.