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Woodcock Watch

$8

with David Lamon

Calendar Next available session starts May 5, 2020 at 7 pm

Location:  Fields Pond, Holden

Members: Free,  Nonmember: $8

Learn about the wonders of the American Woodcock in a short presentation revealing secrets of our weirdest shorebird. After the program we will proceed outdoors to the fields around Fields Pond to experience one of spring's delights— the dazzling displays of courting woodcocks!  Hear the “peents” and twittering of the wings while watching the amazing spiral sky dance.  Dress warm and bring binoculars.

Buildings with Birds in Mind

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next available session starts May 8, 2020 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Members: Free, Nonmember: $8

Nick Lund, Maine Audubon Outreach Manager, will talk about which architectural features are most dangerous to birds and what architects and municipalities can do to reduce their impact.

World Migratory Bird Day

Free
Calendar Next available session starts May 9, 2020 at 8 am

Location:  Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with a birding adventure at the Fields Pond Audubon Center!  The wetlands, forests, and open field habitats of Fields Pond attract a wide range of bird species that are easily accessible for viewing along our miles of trails.  Join Maine Audubon’s Doug Hitchcox, members of the Penobscot Valley Chapter, the Fields Pond Young Birders Club, and other Maine Audubon staff for this annual birding blitz!

In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day the Nature Store at Fields Pond will be having a special binocular sale: 15% off of all in-stock Nikon binoculars and 10% of all in-stock Zeiss binoculars.  

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. 

 

Maine Audubon 12-Hour Birdathon
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Maine Audubon 12-Hour Birdathon

Free
Calendar Next session starts May 16, 2020 at 6 am

We've designed this fundraising event to be fun & educational for all levels of birders. Don't dismay if you are not an expert birder. Most people can ID more birds than they realize.

Put together a team and head out on May 16 to see how many birds you can spot between 6 am - 6 pm. We ask for a suggested minimum donation of $50 per person so please ask your friends & family to support you - and Maine Audubon. All money raised goes to Maine Audubon to support our mission of conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.

We'll have categories for:

Best Story of the Day ※ Best Photo ※ Best Team Name 

Most Birds Seen ※ Most Money Raised ※ Most "Green" Team

And more...

To sign up your team, or pledge to support a team go to: charity.gofundme.com/maine-audubon-birdathon

If you want some tips & tricks, come to Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm Friday night, May 15 at 7:00 pm. We will have experienced birders here to give you advice on the best places to look for specific species. 

Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020

$100

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 12, 2020 at 8 am

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, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020 Info Packet

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)

Daily Guided Canoe Tour
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Daily Guided Canoe Tour

$13
Calendar Next session starts Jun 13, 2020 at 10 am

Members $11, Nonmembers $13
Children $10

Experience the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Paddling through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichogs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.

This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers. 

No reservations are needed.  If you have questions, you can e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org or call 207-883-5100.





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