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Bird Feeding Celebration
Join Maine Audubon in celebrating National Bird Feeding month!
Transform your backyard into a bird sanctuary with the help of The Nature Store.
Offering food and water nurtures birds through the harsh winter, and allows us the chance to observe them up close. This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the natural world right outside our windows. Join us for tips on how!
We will be offering informal talks throughout the day.
Staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
Discussion Course - Reconnecting with Earth
with David Lamon
Location: Fields Pond
Monday evenings starting January 7th (six sessions), 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Our world is changing at such an astoundingly fast pace. We get caught up in our daily lives and the problems we face—we end up losing touch with that deep connection we have to our planet. Reconnecting with Earth helps participants explore how our cultural beliefs and personal values affect the way we view and treat Earth. Together, we’ll discuss how our well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of our planet. Participants discover a deeper respect for the planet and a renewed commitment to act—a shift that could be the key to real and lasting change.
Members: $35, includes course book
Non-Members: $40, includes course book
Eyes on Owls
Adult Member: $10, Adult Nonmember: $15
Member Child: $5, Nonmember Child: $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!
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
Groundhog Day Celebration
Shadow or no shadow?? Will winter end soon, or should we expect 6 more weeks? Punxsatawney Phil is famous for his winter predictions but do you know about our very own Rosewood and all our other groundhogs at Gilsland Farm?
Come visit us for a fun morning of learning about groundhogs, whistle pigs and woodchucks! We'll have books, kids activities and a presentation by Dr. Christine Maher, who has been studying our Gilsland Farm groundhogs for over 20 years.
with Lynn Havsall
Location: Fields Pond
It's almost Groundhog Day! Celebrate with yummy holiday treats and discover fascinating facts about woodchucks, the only rodent with its very own holiday! Unravel Groundhog Day lore and learn how differently this holiday was celebrated in the old days.
Members: $8, Non-Members: $10
Growing Up WILD
with Linda Woodard
Join us at our Fields Pond Center for this in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators.
Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.
- Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:
- Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
- Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units.
- Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music, health and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections.
- Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
- Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
- Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains
Late Fall Native Seed Sowing Workshop
with Heather McCargo
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.
Let's Go Birding
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $20, Nonmembers: $30
Join us on a "leader's choice" van trip to birding locations in southern Maine. The exact destination hasn't been chosen yet but we will take advantage of recently reported rarities or hotspots that will make our morning most productive.
We will leave Gilsland Farm in Falmouth at 8 am and plan to be back around 11 am but we ask that people are flexible with the return time. We make stops for bathrooms as needed, which can add time to the trip, and sometimes the birding is too good to wrap up on time!