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Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh
with Noah Gibb
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Registration not required.
Join us for this Wednesday morning Bird Walk. We meet at the Nature Center and check out the birds there and head to local hot spots in Scarborough. We may hit Pine Point, the Eastern Trail, Pelreco and Dunstan Landing.
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
Pollinator Parade and Festival
Location: Deering Oaks Park, Portland
Join Maine Audubon, Birth Roots, and Portland Rec for the 6th annual Pollinator Parade and Festival! We’re bringing this favorite event back to Deering Oaks Park in Portland and hope you’ll come ready to learn, march with us while dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.
10-11:30am Family Festival
Crafts, games, face painting, costume making, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and more!
11:30am-12pm Sixth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Deering Oaks and the Farmers’ Market to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!
12-1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic. We encourage those who wish to buy food to visit the Farmers’ Market. Bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.
Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $80 Nonmembers: $100
A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020 Info Packet
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; Discounts on Thursdays and for members)
Daily Guided Canoe Tour
Members $11, Nonmembers $13
Experience the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Paddling through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichogs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.
This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.
No reservations are needed. If you have questions, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-883-5100.
Gilsland Farm Summer Camp: Sprouts
with Molly Woodring
Member: $228 Nonmember: $285
Location: Gilsland Farm
Our half-day camps provide a gentle introduction to camp for children ages three through five. We will spend each week learning about the plants and animals at Gilsland Farm through hands-on exploration, outdoor play, art, music, and more! Our daily adventures will foster an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.
Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email email@example.com. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).
Dates and themes:
June 15-19: Naturalists in Training
How do naturalists explore their surroundings? What tools do scientists use to study nature? Wonder will abound this week as we take in all that Gilsland Farm has to offer.
June 29-July 3: Bugs!
Whether they have six legs, eight legs, or no legs at all, this week is all about the creatures we call “bugs!” We’ll look high, low (and even underwater) for bugs to observe, and will learn about the important ecological roles they play in the habitats around us.
July 13-17: Growing Like Me
What do caterpillars and tadpoles have in common? How can you tell how old a turtle is? We’ll explore many habitats this week to see plant and animal life cycles in action!
August 3-7: Things with Wings
Have you ever wished you could fly? This week we will turn our attention skyward for a closer look at birds, bats, butterflies, bees, and moths!
August 17-21: Animal Families
What is life like for a piping plover chick? How many sisters does a honeybee have? This week we’ll learn that animal families come in all shapes and sizes!
Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs & Marsh Muck
Members $5, Nonmembers $7
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Explore the marsh for plants and animals through discovery-oriented, fun-filled activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichog, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the minute creatures living there. This program is for "children" of all ages.
No reservations are needed. If you have questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-883-5100.