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"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!
Piping Plover Party
An indoor/outdoor party at the beach in March! Why? Why not? We're going to have a blast at the Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center in Saco. If it's warm enough, we'll have outside activities on the beach but we also have plenty of indoor activities, including food and drinks for adults & kids. It's the perfect party to shake away the winter blues and get ready for spring. Let's get together to celebrate our beloved Piping Plovers and all their shorebird friends.
Join us to learn about Maine Audubon's Piping Plover Project and shorebird initiatives. At the same time you will enjoy:
- Food & Drinks
- Guided Beach Walk
- Games and Activities
- Silent Auction
- Shorebird presentation
The event benefits a scholarship program for Maine Audubon's shorebird interns, supporting up-and-coming biologists who will help shape Maine's environmental future.
Maine Audubon adult members & Maine UU members 21+: $25 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Non-members 21+: $30 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Members 6 - 20 yrs old: $10
Non-members 6 - 20 yrs old: $15
All children 6 and under - FREE!
Wild Crafted Basketry
with Rebecca May Verrill
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $95, Nonmembers $115 (Includes materials)
In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers. In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas on the property and cut our own Red Osier Dogwood for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to the Visitor’s Center.
Instructor will provide the majority of pre-harvested materials, however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials, having an understanding of how and what to look for and harvest. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!
Students will be guided through an introduction to make a large flat-bottomed basket. Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward, if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.
Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as well as many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their glove box or backpack.
What to bring: We will be spending the first hour or so of class outside, harvesting materials, so please dress accordingly! Bring small, hand-held prune or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots. Feel free to bring other shoes to change into during class. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only other requirements.
Please bring your lunch and snacks. A refridgerator and microwave will be available.
About the Instructor: Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world. She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com.
Walking on Wabanaki Land
Maine Audubon recognizes and honors the traditions of Maine’s native people who are the original protectors of the land. This collaborative event between Nibezun and Maine Audubon is a way in which the people of the Wabanaki Confederacy tell stories of their profound connection with the earth and the living things in it through music, art, and craft.
John Bear Mitchell (Penobscot) will tell stories through dance and drums at 11:00 am
Hawk Henries (Nipmuc) will offer flutes and music that remind us of the gifts that Life has to offer at 1:00.
Hawk Henries will also be offering flute making demonstrations from 10-12:30 and 2 - 3.
Ann Pollard Ranco (Penobscot) will share her beautiful native art and crafts from 10 - 3
Passamaquoddy Maple will be making delicious maple candy from 10 - 3. Come get a sample!
For more information about Nibezun and the tremendous work they do, please see: www.nibezun.org
Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration
Our theme is: What Can you Do Today That Tomorrow Will Thank You For?
We'll have programs and displays, crafts and activities - all about what you can do to support the first two R's of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This event is for all ages.
Here's a sample of some of the organizations and people that will be here:
ReVision Energy will be on hand to talk solar energy
ecoMaine will display some of the Upcycle 2020 Challenge submissions https://www.ecomaine.org/upcycle2020/
Master Preservers from the Maine Cooperative Extension Service will be here to demonstrate how to preserve foods to reduce waste
Anna Hewitt will share her passion for finding the satisfaction of making things by hand and finding abundance from what might seem like waste.
Cathryn Falwell - Maine author of the new book "A Space for Me" and many other children's classics.
This event is sponsored by ReVision Energy
Maine Audubon 12-Hr Birdathon
We've designed this fundraising event to be fun & educational for all levels of birders. Don't dismay if you are not an expert birder. Most people can ID more birds than they realize.
Put together a team and head out on May 16 to see how many birds you can spot between 6 am - 6 pm. We ask for a suggested minimum donation of $50 per person so please ask your friends & family to support you - and Maine Audubon. All money raised goes to Maine Audubon to support our mission of conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.
We'll have categories for:
Best Story of the Day ※ Best Photo ※ Best Team Name
Most Birds Seen ※ Most Money Raised ※ Most "Green" Team
A link for team & individual registration will be posted on/before March 1. Meanwhile, talk to your friends about having an incredible day outside traveling around Maine by car, bike or foot, looking for birds.
If you want some tips & tricks, come to Maine Audubon Friday night at 7:00 pm. We will have experienced birders here to give you advice on the best places to look for specific species.