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Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities.
The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.
The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.
In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:
What do educators say?
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...
Walking on Wabanaki Land
Maine Audubon recognizes and honors the traditions of Maine’s native people who are the original protectors of the land. This collaborative event between Nibezun and Maine Audubon is a way in which the people of the Wabanaki Confederacy tell stories of their profound connection with the earth and the living things in it through music, art, and craft.
John Bear Mitchell (Penobscot) will tell stories through dance and drums at 11:00 am
Hawk Henries (Nipmuc) will offer flutes and music that remind us of the gifts that Life has to offer at 1:00.
Hawk Henries will also be offering flute making demonstrations from 10-12:30 and 2 - 3.
Ann Pollard Ranco (Penobscot) will share her beautiful native art and crafts from 10 - 3
Passamaquoddy Maple will be making delicious maple candy from 10 - 3. Come get a sample!
For more information about Nibezun and the tremendous work they do, please see: www.nibezun.org
Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 4/22
Child members: $120
Child non-members: $150
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free
Location: Gilsland Farm
Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.
Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. ($15/week for members, $20/week nonmembers)
Forestry for Maine Birds
with Sally Stockwell
Location: Valentine Farm, 162 North Rd., Bethel
Do you own more than 10 acres of woods in Western Maine? Are you interested in learning more about who lives there?
Then please join us to learn about the habits and habitats of 20 priority woodland birds, Canada Lynx, American marten and other wildlife species of conservation concern. Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, will give a slide presentation on the Forestry for Maine Birds program, including recommendations for how to manage your woodland with birds and other wildlife in mind. Christine Parrish, Western Maine Project Coordinator for New England Forestry Foundation, will discuss the endangered lynx and the marten – keystone wildlife species that share habitat with many woodland birds – and financial incentives available to qualifying landowners interested in creating a habitat-friendly woodland.
You must RSVP to attend. Contact Barbara at 207-824-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turtle Roadkill Survey Training - Bath
Location: Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, ME
Roadkill is one of the biggest threats to turtle populations in Maine, so Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to help identify where they are most at risk from traffic as they move across the landscape.
Your help is essential to the success of this project. We will be holding two training sessions for anyone interested in volunteering. Please register here for the training on March 28th in Bath.
Free to the public. Registration required.
What's a One Health Approach to Common Loon Conservation?
Location: Gilsland Farm
Members $5, Nonmembers $7
The concept of One Health recognizes that human, environmental, and animal health are all connected. Mark Pokras, DVM, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, MS, will explore the concept of common loons as a “sentinel species” for evaluating the health of our aquatic environments. This talk will discuss current and future studies, and implications for conservation. This will be an interactive presentation that will encourage active audience discussion.
Mark Pokras is Associate Professor Emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. Brooke Hafford MacDonald is the LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes Society and a Contract Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
What's Happening To Our Birds?
with Sally Stockwell
Location: Western Maine Audubon Chapter, Roberts Learning Center, C23 - University of Maine Farmington
The numbers are staggering. A recent article in the journal Science documents declines among 64% of all eastern forest bird species—a loss of 167 million birds—and among 50% of all boreal forest species—a loss of 501 million birds— in North America alone. That means nearly one in four of all eastern forest birds and one in three of all boreal forest birds that were coloring the forest with their flashy feathers and cheerful songs in 1970 are no longer with us.
Our state has the largest remaining block of forest in the eastern U.S. and these forests are vital to the breeding success of millions of forest songbirds every year. We are the “baby bird factory” for the entire Atlantic Flyway. Because of that, much of northern and western Maine has been designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area by National Audubon and BirdLife International. We have both an opportunity and aresponsibility to help these declining birds.
Come learn more about how the data were gathered, who’s at risk and why, and what you can do to help stem the declines. All landowners in the region with grasslands or forestlands can help change that by creating or improving habitat for birds in Maine. Your efforts to care for your woods, fields and waters can make a big difference!
For more information and to register contact: Burt Knapp at email@example.com
Speaker Series: The History & Future of Maine's Ash Trees
with Suzanne Greenlaw
Join University of Maine researcher and member of the Houlton Band of Maliseets Nation, Suzanne Greenlaw as she combines Western science and Wabanaki ecological knowledge to study and address the various threats to Maine's iconic Brown Ash.