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  • Nature Time: Spring Session
    • Monday Mar 31, 2014 – Monday May 12, 2014
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Mondays
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $50.00, Child Non-members: $60.00
    • Ages 2-4
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    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as life begins to emerge from the cold. Parents with preschoolers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Parents participate, too. Be prepared to be outside for a portion of each program.

    Please call 989-2591 to register.

  • Thursday Morning Bird Walks
    • Thursday Apr 17, 2014 – Thursday Aug 28, 2014
      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.

  • Saturday Morning Bird Walks
    • Saturday Apr 19, 2014 – Saturday Aug 30, 2014
      7:00 am – 9:00 am
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00
    Female Red-winged blackbird © Mary Holland

    Join us each Saturday 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 26, 2014 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Cliff Island, Casco Bay
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $45

    Join naturalists 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.

    Important information about this trip: Cliff Island Exploration (2014) trip details [pdf]

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 10, 2014 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, insect investigations and more. Get out in nature and spend some time with us! All ages welcome.

    7 – 8:30 a.m.    Bird Walk with Bruce Barker and Jerry Smith

    8 – 9:00 a.m.    Photo Explorations with Bruce Gray

    9 – 11:00 a.m.    Birding by Ear Walk with Steve Coleman

    10 a.m. – noon    Children’s Activity Area w/ Stillwater Montessori

    11 a.m. – noon    Insect Fun

    11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Live Music

    noon – 1:00 p.m.    Nature Exploration

     

  • Canoeing at Hirundo
    • Saturday May 31, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
    • Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

    • Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton
    • Price: $5 suggested donation
    • School age children are free.
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    Join Holly, Maine Audubon naturalist, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge for a paddle with Gudrun, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s onsite naturalist. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for birds, moose, otter and interesting plant life along the way. Canoes available or bring your own boat.

    Reservation requested by May 30th. Please call 944-9259.

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80.00 Non-members: $100.00

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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.

    Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf]

  • Summer Camp: Nature Myth Busters
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 – Friday Jul 11, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    Why do bees sting and skunks smell bad? We will dive into nature’s mysteries using our investigative skills and learn about mammals, insects, plants and more! Campers will develop critical thinking skills to understand animal adaptation and behavior.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11
  • EcoExplorers
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $250
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available. Application available on website.

    Time to don your explorer’s cap and take it outside to discover the thrill of adventure as we explore the different ecosystems here at Fields Pond. Experience the diversity of life and habitat in a different ecosystem each day. Come explore our wonderful world and enjoy the thrill of exercising your body and your mind!

  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jul 14, 2014 – Friday Jul 18, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 8-10

    We will explore Gilsland Farm to learn about the circles of life that exist in nature. From the water cycle and metamorphosis to dissecting owl pellets, campers will get a close-up look at the life cycles that make nature go ‘round.

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Location: Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • The Big and Small of It All
    • Monday Jul 28, 2014 – Friday Aug 1, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
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    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    From exploring our climax forest to microhikes, your camper will be on a roller coaster of magnificent proportions as we move through big ideas like interdependence on down to microscopic larvae in the pond. Join us as we take it outside to savor the amazement of how big and how small our wonderful world is.

     

     

  • Natural Expressions
    • Monday Aug 4, 2014 – Friday Aug 8, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Child Members: $200.00, Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12
    birches by Renee Stupak

    Summer Nature Camp – Time to take it outside. . .

    Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps! Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. Our camps maintain small camper groups that allow us to build a community of cooperating and caring.

    Financial assistance is available.  Application available on our website.

    What could be more valuable than an appreciation of art and nature? An appreciation of art IN nature! Let all of Fields Pond be your muse as we couple explorations and observations in nature with expressions of creative freedom. Campers will take it outside to draw, paint, build, write and act their way through an amazing week looking at our wonderful world through an artist’s lens.

  • Summer Camp: Too Cool For School
    • Monday Aug 18, 2014 – Friday Aug 22, 2014
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $200, Child Non-members: $240
    • Ages 6-9

    It’s hot! Learn how animals keep themselves cool during the hottest days of the summer. We will find the coolest places at Gilsland Farm to play games, make crafts and learn how animals have evolved to ‘stay cool.’

    Camp Session (5 days):

    • Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22