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Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 2/19
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)
Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8
Location: Gilsland Farm
Begins at 8 am through March, 7 am April-November
Registration not required, cash only
Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary. We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.
We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.
A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783
Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237
"Big Night" Open House
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Spring is Coming!!
Come to our Open House to learn more about one of our favorite springtime events - BIG NIGHT!
Big Nights happen in early spring when it's rainy and the temperature rises to around 40-degrees. That's when all the salamanders and other amphibians begin their journey from their winter habitat to their breeding grounds - vernal pools. Unfortunately, that journey often crosses roads so volunteers gather at known crossing spots to help these amphibians make their journey safely.
At our event we'll have:
Presentations by Maine Audubon Conservation Biologist Sarah Haggerty at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm
Ongoing slideshow, games, books, and activities about vernal pools, amphibians, and turtles.
Join us to learn more about this important phenomenon. We'll have learning opportunities for all ages!
Big Night (Pre) Celebration
Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Learn how to help salamanders and frogs reach their destination safely on “Big Night” when they wake up and start migrating to their breeding pools. We'll organize groups and "phone trees" to be ready for this year's "Big Night."
Turtle Roadkill Survey Training - Houlton
Location: Houlton High School, Houlton, 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 11th in Houlton.
Free to the public. Registration required.
Speaker Series: Tree Swallows with Bernd Heinrich
with Bernd Heinrich
The Maine Audubon Speaker Series welcomes the return of Bernd Heinrich for a talk and book signing for his new work, White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows.
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Beth Pauls at 207.781.2330 x273 or email email@example.com. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodation is requested.
Birding Tour: Arizona
with Doug Hitchcox
Join this private birding tour for Arizona Winter Specialties with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.
Southern Arizona is a fabulous place for a birding tour in winter! The wide San Rafael Grasslands seethe with a multitude of wintering finches. Scarce thrashers sing from mesquites in the desert near Phoenix. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes rise bugling from protected roosting sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley. A plethora of raptors ply the vast desert skies, searching for prey and thermals. Winter irruptives like Mountain Bluebirds and Lawrence's Goldfinches appear in varying numbers most years. And Mexican species wander across the border to add a tropical twist. Our mid-March timing also gives us a shot at some early spring migrants -- while all of the wintering birds are still on territory.
We'll be based in Phoenix for two nights and Tucson for four, and all of the areas we visit are easy day trips from very comfortable hotels. If you're looking to escape the winter blahs, head to southern Arizona for a truly exceptional winter birding experience!
A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Arizona Tour Itinerary
More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Arizona 2020 with Maine Audubon
Young Birders Club (ages 10-16)
Join the Maine Audubon staff on the second Saturday of each month this spring for our Young Birders Club. Kids ages 10 – 16 are invited to join the Fields Pond Audubon Center Staff to learn the ins & outs of birding. Binoculars are available to use but bring your own if you have them.