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Maine Bird Atlas Training

Free

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Apr 20, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Location: Fields Pond

The Maine Bird Atlas is a project to survey and map the distribution and abundance of breeding and wintering birds in Maine. It is a joint effort between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Natural History Observatory, Maine Audubon, the Biodiversity Research Institute and the public. The project will run from 2018-2022 to enable conservationists and researchers to track changes in bird populations.

Birds are an excellent indicator of environmental health, allowing for an overall understanding of the environmental health of the State of Maine. This workshop will explain the importance of understanding bird populations, what bird populations indicate and how YOU as a citizen scientist can play role in this effort.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Guided Nature Walks at Fields Pond

$5

with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts Apr 26, 2019 at 8:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

Join us on Friday morning's this spring for an easy walk along the Sanctuary trails at Fields Pond.  We'll be sure to see plenty of birds, so bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outdoors.  We'll meet at the kiosk in front of the Nature Center.  Walks typically last 1&1/2 hours.  Free for Members.

Woodcock Watch

$10

with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Apr 26, 2019 at 7 pm

Member: $8, Non-member: $10

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Learn about the wonders of the American Woodcock in a presentation revealing secrets of our weirdest shorebird. After the program we will check out 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.

Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
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Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!

Free
Calendar Next session starts Apr 27, 2019 at 10 am

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.

Spring Nature Journaling ~ Birds!

$40

with Andrea Lani

Calendar Next session starts Apr 27, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Member: $30, Non Member: $40

Location: Fields Pond, Holden. 10 a.m - 2 p.m.

In this workshop we'll use our nature journals to learn more about the birds that populate our fields and forests.  Maine Master Naturalist, Andrea Lani, will lead participants through a variety of nature journaling techniques—from field sketching to detailed drawings, note-taking to poetry-writing—that will help you become acquainted with our feathered friends. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced journal keepers. We'll start with an introduction to nature journaling during which participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques designed to help even the most reluctant artist overcome their fears. From there we'll explore a different aspect of the natural world using a variety of journaling techniques specific to bird-watching.

NOTE: We will spend time both outdoors and inside, so please dress accordingly. Bring a blank book, notebook, or journal and your preferred writing and drawing tools (a # 2 pencil is sufficient, but a drawing pen and colored pencils are welcome, if desired), and something to sit on outdoors (lightweight camp chair, sit mat, extra jacket, etc.). If you have binoculars and/or a field guide to birds, please bring them as well.

Forestry for Maine Birds

Free

with Sally Stockwell

Calendar Next session starts May 11, 2019 at 9 am

Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. You will learn how to:

• Improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species

• Take care of your woodland

• Work with other forest management goals

• Enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come

 

Directions: Beauregard Woodlands is located in west Old Town right on the border with Alton. Access is on the Old Stagecoach Road just off route 43. The main gate is at coordinates N 44.99029; W 068.74789. It is about 3.5 miles from I95, exit 197

Whip-poor-wills at The Plains

$8

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 15, 2019 at 8 pm

Members: $5 Nonmembers: $8

Join us for an evening walk around Kennebunk Plains listening for singing crepuscular birds. This site has become popular among birders for the variety of sparrows and uncommon nesting species but there are a few other specialties to be seen (or heard) after sunset. Out main target will be Eastern Whip-poor-wills but may also find American Woodcocks, Common Nighthawks, or Barred Owls.

Bring a flashlight and dress warm.

Bird Walk at Fort Williams

$5

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts May 20, 2019 at 7 am

Join us for a bird walk around the picturesque Fort Williams Park during the peak of spring migration. This coastal park is a great spot to see migrating songbirds as they make landfall after their noctural migrations, as well as a great diversity of seabirds just offshore. 





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