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Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip

Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am
1 additional session on May 27, 2018

Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75

Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport where a bus will take participants to the boat.

In conjunction with the L.L. Bean Freeport Birding Festival, we are offering two trips with Captain Peter Milholland to explore the bird life around Casco Bay.

Our tentative route will leave from Lower Flying Point and head towards Sister Island, looping around towards Goose Island then southward towards the Goslings and Irony Island. Then we'll pass between Whaleboat Island and Little Whaleboat Island (if time permits) on our way towards Green Island, or cut across the bay southwesterly from the Goslings directly towards Green Island. Our route may change based on the birds (and other sealife) we encounter.

About our captain: Captain Peter Milholland, principal owner and operator of Seacoast Tours of Freeport, is an experienced, professional mariner and marine educator with over twenty-five years of expertise in developing and maintaining marine educational programs. Peter wants to pass his knowledge of Casco Bay on to others and he states, “Seacoast Tours of Freeport is a way for locals and visitors to directly experience the spectacular beauty and wonders of Casco Bay.”

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Enhancing Fish Habitat
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Enhancing Fish Habitat

Calendar Next session starts May 30, 2018 at 10 am

Free Workshop for landowners and foresters

Classroom Session: 10:00AM - noon
Field Session: 12:30PM - 2:30PM

Please bring your own bag lunch

Location: Milo Town Hall
6 Pleasant St.
Milo, ME 04463

Topics To Be Covered Include:

  • Importance of stream connectivity and fish habitat
  • Installation of environmentally friendly road/stream crossings
  • NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Information on program to providetechnical and financial assistance available

Continuing education credits are availablefor licensed foresters

Space is limited for this FREE WORKSHOP

Register by calling Maine Audubon at (207) 781-2330 x219 or emailing

L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival
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L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival

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Calendar Next session starts May 25, 2018

Join us for a weekend filled with events and activities for beginner and expert birders of all ages.

Download Full Events Brochure here. [pdf]

Friday 5/25: 6-9pm
Saturday 5/26:7 am-8:30 pm
Sunday 5/27: 7 am-5 pm

The L.L.Bean Birding Festival partners with Maine Audubon to present opportunities for all birders in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. We offer boat trips to explore the birds of Casco Bay, guided walks, live bird presentations, kid’s activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a variety of workshops. We’ll also explore the world of bats with Wildlife Acoustics and feature a live broadcast of Ray’s Talkin’ Birds. Our keynote speaker is renowned ornithologist David Sibley. Maine Audubon will be leading several outings throughout the weekend.

Please check brochure for location of each event. 

Selected highlights:

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 7:30-9 p.m. | Bat & Owl Prowl
Mast Landing Sanctuary

Come for a special evening event with Maine Audubon staff naturalist DougHitchcox and bat expert Danielle Gustafson. We’ll look and listen for bats,ovenbirds, barred owls and hermit thrush, and use Wildlife Acoustics’ batdetector to find bats that might not otherwise be identified.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 or SUNDAY, MAY 27 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip, $75

Join Captain Peter Milholland from Seacoast Tours of Freeport and a guidefrom Maine Audubon for a scenic birding tour off the shores of several smallislands in Casco Bay. Peter, a marine educator for over 25 years, will take usto hidden coves and bays where we’ll search for seabirds. Space is limited—advance registration is required.

May Full Moon Canoe Tour
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May Full Moon Canoe Tour


with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts May 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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 7:00.

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh
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Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh

Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am

Join us in celebrating our 45th anniversary at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.  The season opening weekend will be filled with fun and adventure!  We will have canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstrations, exhibits, and more! Sunday we will have a free 7:30 bird walk. The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race.  

The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours.  For more information contact or call 207-883-5100.

Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
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Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk

Calendar Next session starts May 28, 2018

The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2018! 

Register here

$18 for Adults ($20 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run

Rather register by mail? Download the form here. [pdf]

The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine! 


  • Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am  
  • 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am     


Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail.  5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.     


All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.     

Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field

From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.  

From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.     

Entry Fees

  • 5K Run/Walk is $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the race.
  • Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
  • There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.      

Registration and Number Pick-up

Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 9:30 am-5 pm.     

Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.     

What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!        

T-shirts & Medals   

The first 150 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.


SOLD OUT Speaker Series: Celebrate Rachel Carson with Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2018 at 7 pm

Members $12, Nonmembers $15

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

In partnership with the Environmental Health Strategy Center, we are pleased to present “Celebrate Rachel Carson with Dr. Sandra Steingraber.”

Both women are recognized across the world as heroic role models and guides for environmental champions who ground their activism in science.

Sandra Steingraber is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor. Steingraber writes and lectures on the environmental factors that contribute to reproductive health problems and environmental links to cancer. 

During her search, Dr. Steingraber began to study Rachel Carson. “For my father, who served as a teenage soldier in Naples where the pesticide DDT was first deployed, Silent Springwas an antidote to wartime thinking....For me...Silent Spring was the reason I left the laboratory and became a science writer. Silent Spring was my father’s armistice. It was my call to arms.”

Dr. Steingraber calls Carson her “guiding spirit” and portrays herself as “laboring away in the vineyards that Rachel Carson planted, trying on a daily basis to find a language to talk with the public about various technical subjects.”

Dr. Steingraber will talk about Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and how they each influenced her own work in promoting a clean environment as key to public health.

There will be a book signing following the talk.

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Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
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Wednesday Morning Bird Walk

Calendar Next session starts May 30, 2018 at 7 am

Members $3, Nonmembers $5

Location: Scarborough Marsh

The best birding is often early morning when birds are busy feeding. Look and listen for snowy egret, glossy ibis, herons, willet, sparrows and more.

We start our tours at the nature center and carpool to birding “hotspots” in the immediate area. Birders of all levels and abilities are welcome to join. 

No reservations are needed.  If you have questions, you can e-mail or call 207-883-5100.

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