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

  • 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.

  • Monthly Bird Walk
    • Saturday Apr 18, 2015 7:30 am – 9:00 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.

  • 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 coming soon!

  • 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: $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.

     

  • 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 birding. Friday, May 22 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

    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

     

  • 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. 

  • 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
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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

     

  • 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
    paddle at hirundo II

    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 12:00 pm – 3:30 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.
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  • 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!
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