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Bringing Nature Home: Demonstration Plantings

Maine Audubon works with organizations, municipalities, communities, parks, and developments to restore habitat and to plant native plants.

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

Willard Beach, South Portland

Starting in the fall of 2020, the City of South Portland used backhoes and excavators to remove thickets of Rosa rugosa, bittersweet, and numerous other invasives at Willard Beach. They cut invasives, dug out the seed bed, sifted it off-site, and returned it as clean fill. In May 2021, Education Director Eric Topper began planting native plants in the highly visible and heavily trafficked area.

Willard Beach

Franklin Meadow, Portland
Portland Parks and Recreation and Maine Audubon, with support from Portland Pollinators, partnered to create a meadow full of native plants that will benefit birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Approximately 300 plants, grown from seed or collected by Maine Audubon specifically for this project, were put in place, and the area was also supplemented with seed.

October 2020

October 2021

Deering Oaks, Portland

King Middle School and several partners adopted an area in Deering Oaks in 2019 to restore and study wildlife habitat. In partnership with Maine Audubon, US Fish and Wildlife, and others, students and teachers at King Middle School have adopted this site to practice and promote environmental stewardship. In particular, they are restoring habitat for birds and other wildlife by restoring a native forest understory to replace acres of lawn, which is relatively devoid of direct benefits to Maine wildlife.  Read more about this project >
Ribbon cutting at Deering Oaks

Maine State Parks: This is a collaborative project between Maine Audubon, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Gulf of Maine Coastal Program, and Maine State Parks to engage communities in restoring native plants and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. Look for demonstration gardens and habitat restoration areas throughout Maine State Parks (Range Pond State Park in Poland, Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, and Lamoine State Park in Lamoine) during your visit. Scan the QR codes you see to learn more about the plants and this project and find out what you can do to restore habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. More info >

habitat restoration at Kettle Cove State Park

Trinity Church, Lewiston

Maine Audubon staff and teens from our inaugural Sprout Lewiston summer stewardship program (Summer 2022) worked with leaders at Trinity Church & Jubilee Center Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Lewiston to replant the meditation gardens and outdoor events space with Maine native plants. “This is a special place that really makes a difference in people’s lives,” says Andrew Tufts, Program Manager for Bringing Nature Home. “People always stop to enjoy this green space.”