Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Maine Audubon

Filter by Subcategory

Adult Programs

Nature Tuesday Group (Fall)
Online Registration Unavailable

Nature Tuesday Group (Fall)


with Davida Sky

Calendar Next session starts Nov 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Next meeting: November 26

Hope to see you there.

Davida 776-1876 and Kiya

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
Online Registration Unavailable

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Nov 21, 2019 at 7 am

Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8
Location: Gilsland Farm

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:

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

Managing our parks and neighborhoods with birds in mind
Online Registration Unavailable

Managing our parks and neighborhoods with birds in mind

Calendar Next session starts Nov 22, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Stevens Avenue gate to Baxter Woods
Friday, November 22, 9–11 am

Registration not required. Optional sign up here.

Featuring staff from the City of Portland and Maine Audubon

An interactive walk and discussion in Portland’s Deering Center with Jeff Tarling of the City of Portland and Eric Topper of Maine Audubon to explore and envision bird habitat in the midst of diverse other uses. 

We’ll meet at the Stevens Avenue gate to Baxter Woods.  Please come prepared for up to two hours outdoors. Free and open to the public.

Presented as part of the "Mapping Portland: The Complete City" exhibition sponsored by the Portland Society for Architecture.

The History (and future!) of Atlantic Salmon in the Penobscot River


with Catherine Schmitt

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 4, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members: FREE, Nonmembers: $8

From 1912 to 1982, the first salmon caught in the Penobscot River each spring was sent to the White House and presented to the President.  Join acclaimed author and science writer, Catherine Schmitt, as she discusses the long natural and human history around Atlantic Salmon in Maine's rivers, including past and ongoing efforts to regulate the fishery and restore this historic migration. This event is part of Maine Audubon's celebration of the "International Year of the Salmon." 

Catherine Schmitt is author of The President's Salmon: Restoring the King of Fish and its Home Waters, and writes frequently for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Her writing is informed by her background in environmental science and field experience in rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Bangor, Maine. Catherine will be available to sign copies of her books.

Fall Native Seed Sowing Workshop


with Heather McCargo

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2019 at 10 am

Nonmembers: $30, Members (Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project) $20

Location: Gilsland Farm

In this workshop, Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project leads a hands-on experience in native plant propagation, from ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures to germination techniques. We will learn about perennial wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! Participants will go home with several pots sown with native seeds.

Co-sponsored by Wild Seed Project.  Members receive member discount.

Owls of Birdsacre


with Grayson Richmond

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
1 additional session on Dec 7, 2019

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center
Two sessions: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

$12 Adult Non-member (kids $6);  $8 Adult Members (kids $4)
Kids are ages 13 and under.  

Preregistration is required!

Come meet the Owls of Birdsacre up close and personal!  “Achilles,” the educational, non-releasable Great Horned Owl; “Atticus,” the calm Barred Owl, and “Little Gentleman,” the diminutive Saw-Whet Owl.  Hear their stories of personal and species challenges and learn how we can help in the work of owl conservation.  This is a family friendly event. Space will be limited due to the comfort of the owls and humans (pre-registration is required).


Pack-Basket Making Workshop at Fields Pond


with Jessica Steele

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 14, 2019 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Weave a 17” tall pack-basket with premium reed. Pine shoes, plywood base and straps are included. Course and material fee: $100 for a 17” basket, covers cost of material, strap and instruction.

Bring a lunch and we will provide tea, coffee, and light snacks.

Jes Steele has been weaving baskets for over 20 years and Pack Baskets the last ten years. She guarantees that you will have a lovely Packbasket by the end of the class.

Jes has been working in the field of Outdoor and Adventure Education over the past 25+ years, is currently the Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center at Unity College, and has been creating baskets and teaching Pack Basket courses for ten years.  

Space will be limited, please register early. Participants will leave with their very own pack-basket, and the workshop cost includes all materials and tools.

Eyes on Owls

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 15, 2019 at 10:30 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 15, 2019

Adult Member: $10,  Adult Nonmember: $15
Child Member: $5, Child Nonmember: $10 

Location: Gilsland Farm

Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow and a close-up look at several different owl species.

People of all ages love this show – come get close and personal with live owls!

This program often sells out, and tickets are selling fast - register today to avoid disappointment.

Three Shows:

10:30 – 11:15 am (shorter program, most suitable for young children)
1:00 – 2:15 pm
3:00 – 4:15 pm

The Wilsons (Dunstable, MA) first brought their owls to Maine Audubon in 1999 and have come to Gilsland Farm annually since 2003. Their owl sanctuary is licensed to house up to 22 owls and they typically bring six to eight owls of different species with them when they come to Maine. Learn more at their website.

Children: 12 and under


Cancellation Policy

Forgot password?