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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!
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
Earth Day Clean-up
Location: Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by helping clean up Scarborough Marsh and Beaches!
Spring will be here before we know it and it will be time to clean up the marsh, beaches, Nature Center, and grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place. Groups are welcome!
This year we are partnering with Project G.R.A.C.E. to collect food. Bring some nonperishable food or a store gift card to the clean-up and help the human neighbors of the marsh.
This event is Free! Registration is helpful for planning for food and supplies, but you are welcome to drop in.
If you have any questions you can contact Linda at email@example.com or call 781-2330 ext 213.
Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh
The season opening weekend will be filled with fun and adventure! We will have canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstrations, exhibits, and more! Sunday we will have a free 7:30 bird walk. The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race.
The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-883-5100.
Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk
The 13th Annual Snowy Egret 5K returns to Scarborough Marsh on the Eastern Trail on Memorial Day 2020!
$20 for Adults ($25 on the day of the race)
$5 for Kids Fun Run
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 $25 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 23 and Sunday, May 24, 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.
Pollinator Parade and Festival
Location: Deering Oaks Park, Portland
Join Maine Audubon, Birth Roots, and Portland Rec for the 6th annual Pollinator Parade and Festival! We’re bringing this favorite event back to Deering Oaks Park in Portland and hope you’ll come ready to learn, march with us while dressed as your favorite pollinator, and leave ready to take action.
10-11:30am Family Festival
Crafts, games, face painting, costume making, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and more!
11:30am-12pm Sixth Annual Pollinator Parade
We will march through Deering Oaks and the Farmers’ Market to show our support for pollinator habitat. Costumes encouraged!
12-1pm BYO Picnic
Participants are invited to stay and enjoy a BYO picnic. We encourage those who wish to buy food to visit the Farmers’ Market. Bring a picnic blanket and please be prepared to pack out any garbage.