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A Birding and Wildlife Adventure at the End of the World

$8

with Ron Davis

Calendar Next session starts Nov 8, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond

Early in 2019 Ron and Lee Davis traveled due south from Maine to Patagonia at the southern tip of South America.  There, they boarded a small ship that took them to Cape Horn and through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel, after which they drove to Tierra del Fuego, Sierra Baguales and Torres del Paine to observe and photograph birds and other wildlife under a backdrop of spectacular peaks and glaciers. This illustrated talk will provide you with a vicarious experience of birding this remote and wild place at the end of the world.

Apple Day Family Festival
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Apple Day Family Festival

$7
Calendar Next session starts Oct 5, 2019 at 10 am

Maine Audubon Members Free!

Nonmember $7 each for adults and children over age 3.

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

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:

Cider Press

Apple Toss

Scavenger Hunt

Crafts

Face painting

Music by the "Sea Slugs"

Thank you to L.L. Bean and Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchard for their support of Apple Day.

 

Autumn Equinox at the Audubon
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Autumn Equinox at the Audubon

$25
Calendar Next session starts Sep 19, 2019 at 5 pm

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Join us, Thursday, September 19th from 5:00 - 7:30pm for an Autumn Equinox celebration to benefit Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm!

Portside Real Estate Group is delighted to present the 3rd Annual Autumn Equinox at the Audubon featuring live music, delicious bites from local food trucks, and local brews amid Maine Audubon’s rolling meadows and beautiful sanctuary.

As summer officially comes to an end, please join us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox and the beginning of a new season. Can you imagine a more desirable place to gather than at the Maine Audubon?

Your Autumn Equinox at the Audubon ticket purchase is an important part of community fundraising to support the Maine Audubon. Each ticket will include one drink voucher, yummy bites (yes, including food trucks!), live music, lawn games and walking tours of the Audubon.

This is a family friendly event!

Portside Real Estate Group’s Give Back Mission:
We are an agency dedicated to giving back to our community through hosted fundraiser events that directly benefit four local non-profits, donating over $50,000 each year. Learn more here

About Maine Audubon:
Mission: Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, and action.

Questions? Contact us at jnason@portsidereg.com

Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

$85

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 21, 2019 at 8 am

Members: $60, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Boothbay Harbor

When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning. During a recent trip we observed 66 eagles!

We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

Important information about this trip: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

 

Birding Tour: Costa Rica
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Birding Tour: Costa Rica

$3,750

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jan 15, 2020

Join this private birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Scarlet Macaws, and a long list of other fabulous tropical birds and specialties in a beautiful country with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

This Costa Rica tour has been designed to sample many of the country's major habitats on a short tour while keeping travel time between sites to a minimum. Targeting many of Costa Rica's most charismatic bird species, we'll travel to the steamy Caribbean lowlands, up through the foothills and cloudforests of the bird-rich eastern slopes, into the gorgeous oak forests and the scrubby paramo of the high Talamanca mountains, and down into the transitional forests in the Pacific coastal lowlands. All along the way, we'll be staying in comfortable lodges or hotels, often with fantastic birding right outside our doors!

A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Costa Rica Tour Itinerary

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Costa Rica 2020 with Maine Audubon

Birding Tour: Louisiana
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Birding Tour: Louisiana

$1,675

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Oct 24, 2019

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

$35
Calendar Next session starts Oct 1, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Location: Fields Pond

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.

Citizen Science....as easy as 1, 2, 3! (Teacher Workshop)

$10

with Elizabeth Orcutt

Calendar Next session starts Sep 18, 2019 at 4 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members $8, Nonmembers $10

As the world around us shifts and changes especially in the face of climate change, researchers are depending more and more on citizen science tools and projects to help them answer their research questions. If you would like to be on the forefront and have your classes help contribute to local citizen science projects.

Join us at Field's Pond to learn how you can incorporate two easy citizen science tools into your classrooms to enrich the lives of your students and join the movement of citizen scientists that are contributing directly to research projects around the globe!  Space is limited, pre-registration is required. 





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