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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
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.
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)
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.
Native Plants Symposium
This full-day conference brings together the horticulture and conservation sectors to explore and promote the role of landscaper and nursery professionals in restoring ecological and other benefits, especially within Maine's developed landscapes.
This event is part of Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative, based on the best-selling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.
Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird's World
with Dan Gardoqui
Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Are you curious about the lives of the birds around you? Have you ever wondered what they eat, where they rest at night or what they’re saying? This half-day field workshop is not a field identification walk - instead, it's a chance to slow down and connect with birds on a deeper level by building empathy & understanding. Designed for everyone - from novice to expert - Learning Bird Language is a refreshing take on connecting with birds.
The program is led by international Bird Language expert Dan Gardoqui. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature and has been teaching about birds & nature connection for over 25 years. He is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.