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Year of the Salmon Celebration at Fields Pond
Fields Pond Salmon Festival
Join us as we celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, and the restoration of the historic Penobscot River watershed. Thanks to these efforts, it is again possible for endangered Atlantic salmon to migrate to and spawn in Fields Pond.
Grown-ups and children are invited to visit our live salmon before they are released, and to enjoy activities, refreshments, and education related to salmon and their direct links to inland Maine's forests and people.
The growing list of activities includes:
- Live baby salmon (to be released into the wild this spring)
- Games & activities
- Guided nature walks
- Information tables
Maine’s Great Migration
with David Lamon
Member: $8, Non-Members: $10
Each spring millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn. Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife. Join Maine Audubon’s David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events. We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways.
Photo via Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program
Picnic at the Pond
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
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 citizen science opportunities, join a bird walk around the pond, tackle a turtle obstacle course, and more!
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
Directions: Beauregard Woodlands is located in west Old Town right on the border with Alton. Access is on the Old Stagecoach Road just off route 43. The main gate is at coordinates N 44.99029; W 068.74789. It is about 3.5 miles from I95, exit 197
Whip-poor-wills at The Plains
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $5 Nonmembers: $8
Join us for an evening walk around Kennebunk Plains listening for singing crepuscular birds. This site has become popular among birders for the variety of sparrows and uncommon nesting species but there are a few other specialties to be seen (or heard) after sunset. Out main target will be Eastern Whip-poor-wills but may also find American Woodcocks, Common Nighthawks, or Barred Owls.
Bring a flashlight and dress warm.
Speaker Series: "The President's Salmon"
with Catherine Schmitt
Members: $12 Non-members: $15
From 1912 to 1982, the first salmon caught in the Penobscot River each spring was sent to the White House and presented to the President. Join acclaimed author and science writer, Catherine Schmitt, as she discusses the long natural and human history around Atlantic Salmon in Maine's rivers, including past and ongoing efforts to regulate the fishery and restore this historic migration.
This event headlines Maine Audubon's celebration of the "International Year of the Salmon."
Ms. Schmitt is the author of three books, and writes frequently for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Her writing is informed by her background in environmental science and field experience in rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Bangor, Maine.
Spring Native Plants Walk: Annie Sturgis Sanctuary
with Arthur Haines
Maine Audubon and NEWS members: $38
Join New England Wildflower Society's staff research botanist, Arthur Haines, for a hike through the Society's 40-acre property along the Kennebec River in Vassalboro. Descend into the gully to visit a variety of lime-loving plants, including wild ginger(extremely rare in Maine) and an array of woodland wildflowers.
Please aware that some trails in Annie Sturgis Sanctuary are narrow and steep, making this trip moderately difficult and not appropriate for those with physical limitations.