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Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Calendar Next session starts Jul 14, 2018 at 7 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated.  Call 207-883-5100 or e-mail

Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
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Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat

Calendar Next session starts Sep 23, 2018

Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)

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This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain.

Meals will be provided. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.

Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at



“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray

The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.

Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine.


“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley

“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?

We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.

Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry.

Create a Seashell Wreath
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Create a Seashell Wreath

Calendar Next session starts Aug 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Members $17, Nonmembers $20

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Join us for an evening of creativity and sculpture as we make unique wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. You can bring your own shells and sea glass or use ones we have collected. Participants will be guided through the process of how to create the base and add the shells to the wreath. Whether you are a Maine resident or just a visitor to our shores, you will be able to bring back the beauty of the salt marsh to display in your home for all to enjoy.

Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

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Intro to Native Plants for Your Landscape


with Eric Topper

Calendar Next session starts Jun 12, 2018 at 7 pm

Come learn the basics of how to get started using native species of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees in your garden or yard.  Eric Topper, who helps lead Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative will introduce some of the plants, practices, and perks of restoring ecology in developed landscapes.  

This program is designed specifically as a primer for Maine Audubon's Native Plants Sale & Festival on Saturday, June 16th.

L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival
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L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival

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Calendar Next session starts May 25, 2018

Join us for a weekend filled with events and activities for beginner and expert birders of all ages.

Download Full Events Brochure here. [pdf]

Friday 5/25: 6-9pm
Saturday 5/26:7 am-8:30 pm
Sunday 5/27: 7 am-5 pm

The L.L.Bean Birding Festival partners with Maine Audubon to present opportunities for all birders in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. We offer boat trips to explore the birds of Casco Bay, guided walks, live bird presentations, kid’s activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a variety of workshops. We’ll also explore the world of bats with Wildlife Acoustics and feature a live broadcast of Ray’s Talkin’ Birds. Our keynote speaker is renowned ornithologist David Sibley. Maine Audubon will be leading several outings throughout the weekend.

Please check brochure for location of each event. 

Selected highlights:

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 7:30-9 p.m. | Bat & Owl Prowl
Mast Landing Sanctuary

Come for a special evening event with Maine Audubon staff naturalist DougHitchcox and bat expert Danielle Gustafson. We’ll look and listen for bats,ovenbirds, barred owls and hermit thrush, and use Wildlife Acoustics’ batdetector to find bats that might not otherwise be identified.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 or SUNDAY, MAY 27 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip, $75

Join Captain Peter Milholland from Seacoast Tours of Freeport and a guidefrom Maine Audubon for a scenic birding tour off the shores of several smallislands in Casco Bay. Peter, a marine educator for over 25 years, will take usto hidden coves and bays where we’ll search for seabirds. Space is limited—advance registration is required.

Sketching by Canoe
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Sketching by Canoe


with Sally Powers

Calendar Next session starts Aug 11, 2018 at 2 pm

Member $12, Nonmember $14

Join artist Sally Powers for this special guided canoe tour will give artists of all ages a unique opportunity to practice nature sketching.  Participants will view nature close-up while slowly paddling in the midst of the ever-changing salt marsh. The winding curves of the river, populated with the graceful snowy egret and the prehistoric double crested cormorant, will provide endless opportunities for artistic inspiration. Whether you are interested in sketching landscapes, wildlife, or both, this canoe tour will unique experience for all.

Advanced Registration Necessary. Please call (207) 883-5100.

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