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Apple Day Family Festival
Maine Audubon Members Free!
Nonmember $7 each for adults and children over age 3.
Become a member! Get your whole family in for free!
Join us for a "bushel" of fun at the 32nd Annual Apple Day Celebration! It’s packed full of fall fun with games, workshops, cider-making and other "a-peeling" activities. Join us in our historic apple orchard to learn about bees and pollinators and why wildlife habitat is at the "core" of our mission!
We "picked" out a few highlights of the day:
Music by the "Sea Slugs"
Birding Tour: Louisiana
with Doug Hitchcox
Join this private late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.
Cajun country is one of the primary rice-growing regions of the US, and as such it provides many prairie and taiga pothole breeding birds their winter home: ducks, geese, bitterns, Sedge Wrens, LeConte's Sparrows, and secretive Yellow Rails. These species are found across much of the Southeast, but because of the rice-harvesting schedule of Cajun farmers, the chance of seeing them here is perhaps better than anywhere else--as the rice combines collect the lagniappe (extra) autumn crop, they flush the birds that are otherwise buried deep in marshy grass. In addition to the marsh birds, any hedgerow may have lingering or vagrant migrants, wintering sparrows, or some other surprise!
In the course of our long weekend, we'll also bird the coastal marshes, beaches, and cheniers (tree islands) for late seasonal migrants and wintering species, and we'll visit the nearby pine woods that are home to such southeastern specialties as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman's and maybe even wintering Henslow's sparrows. And don't forget your appetite: Louisiana is rightly known for its tasty cuisine! So why don't y'all come on down and visit?
A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Louisiana Tour Itinerary
More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2019 with Maine Audubon
Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Change Solutions
The science has long been settled: climate change is real and it’s happening all around us right now. Our five-session discussion course on climate action will help you take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive eBook, this new discussion course experience integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans that help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow.
NOTE: Advanced registration is required in order to get the eBook materials.
Fall Foliage 5k Fun Run at Fields Pond
Join us for our first annual Fields Pond 5k nature run/walk! The course will take you up through our trails and down scenic roads for the perfect foliage tour. Call 989-2591 for more details.
Fall Stewardship Day at Fields Pond
Join the Fields Pond Staff for a morning of stewardship activities focused on improving our trails and public spaces. Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear. Snacks provided!
Family Fun at Gilsland Farm
with Molly Woodring
Weekly on Wednesdays (new day!)
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)
Healthy Hikes at Fields Pond
Join neighbors and Audubon Staff for a weekly brisk walk this fall season along one of our beautiful Fields Pond trails. Bring appropriate footwear and meet at the Nature Center Headquarters.
Mushrooms of Maine
with David Spahr
Join local favorite David Spahr as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity while outdoors. Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada. Space is limited, pre-registration required.