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  • Native Plants Festival & Pollinator Parade
    • Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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    • Price: FREE (parking pass required for morning, see below)
    • All ages

    Our first annual spring celebration of Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home initiative, featuring a festival and parade for families with young children in the morning followed by afternoon plant sale and seed sowing workshops.  Other partner organizations, as well as students from King Middle School, will be there throughout the day sharing their related work and resources.

    Festival Schedule

    10:00 – 11:30 am – Family Festival featuring a book reading and signing, crafts, information tables, and more (see parking information below)
    11:30 am – Second Annual Pollinator Parade
    1:00 – 4:00 pm – Native Plant Sale workshops and community resources and information tables
    1:00 – 2:00 pm Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project
    2:30 – 3:30 pm – Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project

    ablandingsturtlestorywebWe’re proud to announce that this event marks the release of A Blanding Turtle’s Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. It is the latest book in the series “Wildlife on the Move” published in partnership with Islandport Press. The goal of the series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second grade audience.


    Although this event is free, we will be charging $5 per car to park during the morning activities. There are only a limited number of parking passes available, so pre-purchase of parking is required. To buy a parking pass, please click the “Register Now” button below. 

    Space for parking is limited at Gilsland Farm and we want to keep attendance at a manageable level to minimize our impact on the wildlife preserve. Thank you for understanding and for carpooling!


    This program and Maine Audubon’s Bringing Nature Home project are generously funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.


    Participating organizations:

    Refreshments graciously provided by Bru-Thru Coffee Shack

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  • Plant and Insect Survey
    • Saturday Jul 9, 2016 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.

  • Bird Monitoring
    • Saturday Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 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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  • Bird Monitoring II
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 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!.

    The morning will start with a brief introduction. After that, monitors will disperse to their assigned sections.IMG_2848