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Picnic at the Pond - POSTPONED to June 7
This event has been postponed to June 7 due to rain.
Members $5, non-members $8 (optional boxed dinner available for an additional $12 each)
Location: Gilsland Farm
Don’t miss this special chance to visit Gilsland Farm at dusk as we explore a favorite aquatic ecosystem!
5-6pm Family Picnic and Concert!
We'll set the tables and put out picnic blankets for an al fresco dining experience! BYO food or reserve a boxed dinner while purchasing tickets. Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams will perform some of his playful, funny songs about ecology and being green during this time, too!
6-8pm Activities and Exploration
Scoop for, and observe, pond critters with Maine Audubon educators, learn about community science opportunities, join a bird walk around the pond, tackle a turtle obstacle course, and more!
Boxed Dinner from Leavitt & Sons includes:
1 wrap sandwich (3 options)
- Roast Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato
- Turkey, Muenster, Lettuce, Tomato
- Caprese: Mozzarella, Tomato, Balsamic and fresh Basil
- A beverage (bring your own container for lemonade or water)
- a cookie or brownie
(A Gluten Free wrap is available at no extra charge)
Rangeley Birding Festival
Join us June 7th - 9th for the inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival to experience the rich bird life that flourishes at the intersection of northern forest, stunning, clear lakes and the High Peaks of western Maine.
The inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival is dedicated to the memory of John Bicknell.
The Rangeley Lakes region is the premier birding destination for rare and sought-after species in New England. Deep in the heart of Maine's lush boreal forest, Rangeley provides a convenient hub to find northern specialties like Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, and Boreal Chickadee, as well as breeding warblers including Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Mourning.
What sets the Rangeley Birding Festival apart from all others is the breeding grounds. While other festivals hope to catch birds as they migrate through, in Rangeley they've reached their destination and are on territory. This means that birds are more reliable (though not guaranteed, this is still birding after all!) and displaying different behaviors than in migration. No other festival in New England provides such convenient access to so many boreal birds. Don't miss it!
Forestry for Maine Birds
with Sally Stockwell
Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. You will learn how to:
• Improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species
• Take care of your woodland
• Work with other forest management goals
• Enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come
Location: Weston Woods at the end of Weston Avenue, Madison, ME, 04950
Gilsland Farm Wild Edibles Walk
with Russ Cohen
Members: $20, Nonmembers: $25
Southern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a three-hour ramble through Gilsland Farm to learn about at least two dozen species of edible wild plants. Plants expected to be encountered will range from native edible species (i.e., species you might want to add to your landscape) to non-native weeds and invasive species (i.e., plants you would not want to add to your landscape, but nevertheless can offer abundant and tasty foraging opportunities).
Keys to the identification of each species will be presented, along with information on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and ecologically-responsible foraging.
Co-sponsored by Wild Seed Project
Speaker Series: The State of New England's Plants
with Arthur Haines
Join Native Plant Trust's renowned Research Botanist and Mainer Arthur Haines for an entertaining talk about his experiences tracing and conserving native plants in the wilds of Maine and about his observations of the shifting Maine landscapes over the course of his career.
Daily Canoe/Kayak Rentals
Discover the meandering Dunstan River on your self-guided exploration. We'll provide a canoe/kayak, map, and life jackets.
Cost: $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours
($45 maximum; Dicounts on Fridays and for members)
Native Plants Sale & Festival
Join us for our fourth annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and even containers. We work with state and regional vendors to source material that is naturally propagated and easily adaptable to a variety of landscape uses. In addition to the festive atmosphere, numerous experts and resources will be on hand to help both new and experienced gardeners and growers select plants and improve their habitats.
- Over 40 species of potted native wildflowers, shrubs and trees
- Information tables featuring partners and experts
- Educational workshops and expert advice
- Kids activities, food trucks, and more!
The annual Plants Sale & Festival is the signature program of Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” community engagement and native plant restoration initiative. The initiative is based on the best-selling book of that title by entomologist Doug Tallamy, and is funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.
June Full Moon Canoe Tour
Members $14, Nonmembers $16
Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for Black-crowned Night Heron along the bank or Snowy Egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.
Arrive no later than 7:30 pm
Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100