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- Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
- Members: $5.00 Non-members: $8.00
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.
Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.
*Drop your child off for this full day program
*Pack a lunch and 2 snacks
Become an Audubon Citizen Scientist! Join local experts for a survey of the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies and dragonflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey. After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results. The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.
Advance registration appreciated but not required.
This special nature exploration is set in a private estate in Cape Elizabeth encompassing more than 2,000 acres of exceptional wildlife habitat. The mature pine, oak and red spruce forests; fields and orchards; and beaver flowages, ponds and coastal shorelines ensure a broad range of both flora and fauna. Bird species can include terns and shorebirds to inland songbirds of fields and forest. Abundant wildflowers and edible and medicinal plants are found along the footpaths. A stop at a resident cemetery en route adds some historical perspective. This trip although not a hike, involves considerable walking on dirt and uneven footpaths. Join us for a picnic lunch after the trip at a nearby beach.
Join naturalist Gary Roberts as you revive the lost art of foraging by learning to recognize common wild plants and shrubs. Participants will be able to sample some of the many edible plants that grow in the marsh and learn of their medicinal properties. A list of edible and medicinal plants will be provided.