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Eyes on Owls

Calendar Next session starts Dec 9, 2018 at 10:30 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 9, 2018

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!

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


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Groundhog Day Celebration
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Groundhog Day Celebration

Calendar Next session starts Feb 2, 2019 at 10 am

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. 

Groundhog Eve


with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Feb 1, 2019 at 7 pm

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

Owls of Birdsacre

Calendar Next session starts Dec 1, 2018 at 10 am
1 additional session on Dec 1, 2018

Location: Fields Pond

Live Owl Presentation

Saturday, December 1st, two sessions, 10AM and 11:30AM

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 and space will be limited (registration is required).

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15
Child members: $5, Child nonmembers: $10

Winter Lake Ecology on Fields Pond


with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts Feb 9, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Location: Fields Pond

Have you ever wondered what is happening beneath the ice on a frozen lake?  How do fish and other organisms survive for so long beneath the frozen surface? Join Dr. Stephen Coghlan, Associate Professor of Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, and his students from the University of Maine for a hands-on exploration of winter lake ecology on Fields Pond. NOTE: Please dress for outdoor weather.

Members: $8, Non-Members: $10

“Who Goes There?” Animal Tracking Workshop


with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Jan 17, 2019 at 6 pm

Location: Fields Pond

Thursday, January 17, 6-8 pm

Learn to identify mammal tracks through slides, prints and casts. Bring a notebook to make your own track field guide and make a track cast to take home.  Great prep program for Saturday's field tracking workshop!  Appropriate for all ages.

Members: $8, Non-Members: $10


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