Conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat by connecting people to our regional natural heritage, through enjoyable and meaningful activities that educate and promote greater environmental awareness.
The Penobscot Valley Chapter (PVC) offers programs and field trips throughout the year at low cost or no cost to Maine Audubon members and the general public. We sponsor an annual financial award for outstanding scholarly research on wildlife and conservation topics at the University of Maine. We advocate and educate on wildlife conservation issues, often in partnership with other national, state, and local environmental organizations that operate within the greater Bangor region. Maine Audubon members with home zip codes within the PVC region are automatically assigned as chapter members when they join. Maine Audubon members living outside the PVC region, including out-of-state residents, can specifically request chapter affiliation by contacting Maine Audubon’s membership department in Falmouth.
Most PVC programs are held at Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, with occasional programs held elsewhere in the Greater Bangor region. Our presenters are experts on subjects such as native species and habitats, regionally important environmental issues, and the rich natural and cultural history of the Penobscot Valley. Look for more information about PVC programs and field trips on this website, in our chapter newsletter, and in the Bangor Daily News.
In addition to the wide variety of programs and field trips that are offered by PVC and the Fields Pond Audubon Center, here are links to a few outstanding nature preserves in our area where you can enjoy the outdoors on your own, or join in organized activities:
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge: A 2,400 acre nature preserve, spanning Pushaw and Dead Streams, Lac D’Or (lake), includes wetlands, domed bog and maple and juniper swamps, and mixed hardwood and evergreen forests. Visitors can walk the trails or paddle a canoe free of charge, and a staff naturalist organizes interpretive programs and field trips. www.hirundomaine.org .
Bangor City Forest: Rolland F. Perry City Forest encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest in Bangor, Maine. It features more than four miles of access roads and over nine miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. http://cityforest.bangorinfo.com/
Orono Bog Boardwalk: The 1-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge of the main parking lot in the Bangor City Forest, and passes through changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat-moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog. Interpretive signs help visitors learn more about how a bog is formed, and observe the flora and fauna that live there. http://www.oronobogwalk.org/
Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: This is a sanctuary for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. The mission of the refuge is to preserve the peatland ecosystem and maintain a biologically-diverse area for native wildlife and plants. http://www.sunkhaze.org/
The Board of Directors meets at 5:15pm at the Fields Pond Audubon Center on the second Wednesday of selected months, typically six times a year. All Maine Audubon members are welcome. Contact President Gordon Russell to be placed on the e-mail list for meeting times and agendas. The chapter is always on the lookout for new, qualified candidates for its Board of Directors. To review the expectations of new board members, click on Board Orientation. To contact the Penobscot Valley Chapter by e-mail, click on the appropriate board member listed above. By snail mail, send letters to: Penobscot Valley Chapter, c/o Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road Holden, ME 04429