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

  • Spring Fest
    • Saturday May 9, 2015 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Fields Pond, Greator Bangor
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    • Free
    spring fest fun

    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

  • Invasive Plant Management Workshop
    • Thursday May 21, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: $15.00

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

    Invasive plants can over-run natural areas, crowding out native species and changing wildlife habitats. Maine Audubon has made an extensive effort to remove non-native, invasive plants at Gilsland Farm and replant with native species.

    Do you have invasive species on  your property? Not sure where to start or how to set realistic goals? Our workshop will review our successful efforts at Gilsland Farm and will feature a field tour (2-hour walk outside) and an indoor session focused on invasive plant management strategies.

    Additional information:

    • A snack will be provided mid-morning
    • 2 pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available
    • Limited to 20 participants
  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Child Members: $245, Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird © Pam Wells

    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

  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 11, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Free


    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.

  • Hidden Wildlands
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $25 Non-members: $35

    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.

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Marsh
    • Saturday Aug 8, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Location: Scarborough Marsh
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    • Members: $7 Non-members: $9
    SMAC 8-13-10 016 cattails

    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.