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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jan 23, 2020 at 8 am
5 additional sessions through Feb 27, 2020

Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8
Location: Gilsland Farm

Registration not required, cash only

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

(No walk on Thursday, December 26)

Birding Basics: Finding Birds

$15

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 28, 2020 at 7 pm

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15

Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the 'pros' to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

You've got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

Other sessions:

February 11 - Birding Basics: Behavior

February 25 - Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)

Birding Basics: Behavior

$15

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 11, 2020 at 7 pm

Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks to revisit the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the 'pros' to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of those birds. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15

Other sessions:

February 25 - Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)

Will you go out with me? (Van trip)

$30

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Feb 14, 2020 at 8 am

Members: $20 Nonmembers: $30

Spend Valentine's Day with our staff naturalist and enjoy the lovely birds of Cumberland County! We'll spend the morning traveling to local hotspots or tracking down staked out rarities. 

Full Course
Birding Tour: Arizona
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Birding Tour: Arizona

$2,050

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Mar 14, 2020

Join this private birding tour for Arizona Winter Specialties with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

Southern Arizona is a fabulous place for a birding tour in winter! The wide San Rafael Grasslands seethe with a multitude of wintering finches. Scarce thrashers sing from mesquites in the desert near Phoenix. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes rise bugling from protected roosting sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley. A plethora of raptors ply the vast desert skies, searching for prey and thermals. Winter irruptives like Mountain Bluebirds and Lawrence's Goldfinches appear in varying numbers most years. And Mexican species wander across the border to add a tropical twist. Our mid-March timing also gives us a shot at some early spring migrants -- while all of the wintering birds are still on territory.

We'll be based in Phoenix for two nights and Tucson for four, and all of the areas we visit are easy day trips from very comfortable hotels. If you're looking to escape the winter blahs, head to southern Arizona for a truly exceptional winter birding experience!

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

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

Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird's World

$70

with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 7 am

Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Are you curious about the lives of the birds around you? Have you ever wondered what they eat, where they rest at night or what they’re saying? This half-day field workshop is not a field identification walk - instead, it's a chance to slow down and connect with birds on a deeper level by building empathy & understanding. Designed for everyone - from novice to expert - Learning Bird Language is a refreshing take on connecting with birds. 

The program is led by international Bird Language expert Dan Gardoqui. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature and has been teaching about birds & nature connection for over 25 years. He is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh
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Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh

$5

with Noah Gibb

Calendar Next session starts May 13, 2020 at 7 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Registration not required.

Join us for this Wednesday morning Bird Walk.  We meet at the Nature Center and check out the birds there and head to local hot spots in Scarborough.  We may hit Pine Point, the Eastern Trail, Pelreco and Dunstan Landing. 

 

Daily Canoe/Kayak Rentals
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Daily Canoe/Kayak Rentals

$20
Calendar Next session starts Jun 13, 2020 at 9 am

Discover the meandering Dunstan River on your self-guided exploration. We'll provide a canoe/kayak, map, and life jackets.

Cost: $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours

($45 maximum; Discounts on Thursdays and for members)





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