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Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Join us on April 27 for a very special event!
Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Hosted in partnership with Maine Public as part of a project with PBS and the acclaimed Nature series, this day-long festival will feature something for everyone, including:
- Live animal presentations in our Visitor Center
- Bird and nature walks throughout the day
- Presentations on citizen science projects and opportunities
- Birdhouse construction demonstrations (leave with your own kit!)
- Solar energy tours and information
- Games, face painting, food trucks
Be a part of this exciting event! Admission is free, but parking is limited.
Maine’s Great Migration
with David Lamon
Member: $8, Non-Members: $10
Each spring millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn. Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife. Join Maine Audubon’s David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events. We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways.
Photo via Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program
Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century
New England Wild Flower Society and Maine Audubon offer Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century symposium featuring the region’s experts in plant science and strategies for native plant management.
The full-day event highlights current research, practices, and applications in native plant conservation. Leading plant professionals from Maine will discuss their roles and current projects, examine current trends and challenges, and posit next steps for regional native plant conservation efforts. Through a panel, keynote, workshops, and a community forum, participants will learn about a range of topics including plant evolution and genetics, conservation management approaches, habitat restoration, and growth in the nursery trade.
The Native Plant Conservation Symposium includes a keynote presentation by Dr. José Eduardo Meireles, Professor at University of Maine and new director of its herbarium, the most comprehensive collection of plants in the state. With expertise in plant evolution and genetics, Dr. Meireles will address how the study of plant evolution can shape perspectives on current native plant conservation strategies and biodiversity.
Additional panelists and workshop presenters include:
Arthur Haines, Research Botanist at New England Wild Flower Society. Mr. Haines is a plant biologist specializing in native plant taxonomy, conservation, and landscapes. He is the author of Flora Novae Angliae, the comprehensive technical guide to the region’s plants.
Shawn Jalbert, Founder of Native Haunts Plant Nursery. Mr. Jalbert is a native plant cultivator, consultant, and educator. He is also the steward of New England Wild Flower Society’s Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary in Springvale, ME.
Heather McCargo, Founder of the Wild Seed Project. Ms. McCargo is an educator in native plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. She is dedicated to ethical native plant seed collection and to public education on propagation to promote native plant populations.
Kristen Puryear, Ecologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program. Ms. Puryear conducts and oversees ecological monitoring for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, including rare plant and natural community surveys, landscape analysis, and ecological integrity assessments.
Native Plants Sale & Festival
Join us for our third annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and even containers. We work with state and regional vendors to source material that is naturally propagated and easily adaptable to a variety of landscape uses. In addition to the festive atmosphere, numerous experts and resources will be on hand to help both new and experienced gardeners and growers select plants and improve their habitats.
- Over 40 species of potted native wildflowers, shrubs and trees
- Information tables featuring partners and experts
- Educational workshops and expert advice
- Kids activities, food trucks, and more!
The annual Plants Sale & Festival is the signature program of Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” community engagement and native plant restoration initiative. The initiative is based on the best-selling book of that title by entomologist Doug Tallamy, and is funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.
Nature Tuesday Group
with Davida Sky
Next meeting: March 26, 1:30-3 pm
Polly Haight Frawley will be joining us. Polly is a graduate of this year’s Maine Master Naturalist Class and prepared her capstone on the use of trees for medicinal purposes by the Wabenaki Confederation. She will share some of her learnings with us as we walk around the meadow identifying the trees that the Wabenaki used. We’ll be looking for changes in buds and early arriving birds so it would be good to bring binoculars and a magnifying lens.
Rangeley Birding Festival
Join us June 7th - 9th for the inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival to experience the rich bird life that flourishes at the intersection of northern forest, stunning, clear lakes and the High Peaks of western Maine.
The inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival is dedicated to the memory of John Bicknell.
The Rangeley Lakes region is the premier birding destination for rare and sought-after species in New England. Deep in the heart of Maine's lush boreal forest, Rangeley provides a convenient hub to find northern specialties like Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, and Boreal Chickadee, as well as breeding warblers including Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Mourning.
What sets the Rangeley Birding Festival apart from all others is the breeding grounds. While other festivals hope to catch birds as they migrate through, in Rangeley they've reached their destination and are on territory. This means that birds are more reliable (though not guaranteed, this is still birding after all!) and displaying different behaviors than in migration. No other festival in New England provides such convenient access to so many boreal birds. Don't miss it!
Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2019
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $80 Nonmembers: $100
A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2019
Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
The 11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh and the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2019!
$20 for Adults ($22 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run
The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine!
- Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am
- 5K Run/Walk (ages 12+) starts at 9:00 am
Kids 1K Fun Run will start and end at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail. 5K Run/Walk will start at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and end at Peterson Field.
All parking will be at Peterson Field located at 135 Old Blue Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074. There is a 1 mile walk from the parking area to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for the beginning of the race. Please leave enough time to get to the starting line.
Directions to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Peterson Field
From the north via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 42, Scarborough, to Route 1 South. Turn left onto Route 9. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
From the south via the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 to Route 1 North. Turn right onto Route 9. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is located .8 miles on the left. Continue for an additional .7 miles on Route 9 and take a right onto Old Blue Point Road. Peterson Field will be .1 mile on your right.
- 5K Run/Walk is $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the race.
- Kids 1K Fun Run is $5 per registrant (12 and under)
- There will be no refunds of registration fees unless the event is canceled by Maine Audubon.
Registration and Number Pick-up
Advance registration, t-shirt, and bib number pick-up will take place at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 am-5 pm.
Race day registration, bib number, and t-shirt pick-up will take place at Peterson Field.
What to Bring
Water and appropriate gear for the weather. This race is rain or shine!
T-shirts & Medals
The first 100 adult registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All participants of the Kids 1K Fun Run will receive a medal.