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"Big Night" Open House
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Spring is Coming!!
Come to our Open House to learn more about one of our favorite springtime events - BIG NIGHT!
Big Nights happen in early spring when it's rainy and the temperature rises to around 40-degrees. That's when all the salamanders and other amphibians begin their journey from their winter habitat to their breeding grounds - vernal pools. Unfortunately, that journey often crosses roads so volunteers gather at known crossing spots to help these amphibians make their journey safely.
At our event we'll have:
Presentations by Maine Audubon Conservation Biologist Sarah Haggerty at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm
Ongoing slideshow, games, books, and activities about vernal pools, amphibians, and turtles.
Join us to learn more about this important phenomenon. We'll have learning opportunities for all ages!
Piping Plover Party
An indoor/outdoor party at the beach in March! Why? Why not? We're going to have a blast at the Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center in Saco. If it's warm enough, we'll have outside activities on the beach but we also have plenty of indoor activities, including food and drinks for adults & kids. It's the perfect party to shake away the winter blues and get ready for spring. Let's get together to celebrate our beloved Piping Plovers and all their shorebird friends.
Join us to learn about Maine Audubon's Piping Plover Project and shorebird initiatives. At the same time you will enjoy:
- Food & Drinks
- Guided Beach Walk
- Games and Activities
- Silent Auction
- Shorebird presentation
The event benefits a scholarship program for Maine Audubon's shorebird interns, supporting up-and-coming biologists who will help shape Maine's environmental future.
Maine Audubon adult members & Maine UU members 21+: $25 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Non-members 21+: $30 (includes 2 tickets for beer or wine)
Members 6 - 20 yrs old: $10
Non-members 6 - 20 yrs old: $15
All children 6 and under - FREE!
Loon Winter Ecology Presentation
with James Paruk
Location: Gilsland Farm
Members $5, Nonmembers $7
(Cash only at the door; exact change appreciated)
Have you ever wondered where Common Loons go in the winter, what they eat or how they spend their time?
Dr. James Paruk, Associate Professor of Biology at St. Joseph’s College, has been studying the winter ecology of Common Loons for the past 10 years and has made some interesting findings.
Photo by Darwin Long, IV
Forestry for Maine Birds
with Sally Stockwell
Location: Valentine Farm, 162 North Rd., Bethel
Do you own more than 10 acres of woods in Western Maine? Are you interested in learning more about who lives there?
Then please join us to learn about the habits and habitats of 20 priority woodland birds, Canada Lynx, American marten and other wildlife species of conservation concern. Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, will give a slide presentation on the Forestry for Maine Birds program, including recommendations for how to manage your woodland with birds and other wildlife in mind. Christine Parrish, Western Maine Project Coordinator for New England Forestry Foundation, will discuss the endangered lynx and the marten – keystone wildlife species that share habitat with many woodland birds – and financial incentives available to qualifying landowners interested in creating a habitat-friendly woodland.
You must RSVP to attend. Contact Barbara at 207-824-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turtle Roadkill Survey Training - Bath
Location: Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, ME
Roadkill is one of the biggest threats to turtle populations in Maine, so Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to help identify where they are most at risk from traffic as they move across the landscape.
Your help is essential to the success of this project. We will be holding two training sessions for anyone interested in volunteering. Please register here for the training on March 28th in Bath.
Free to the public. Registration required.
What's a One Health Approach to Common Loon Conservation?
Location: Gilsland Farm
Members $5, Nonmembers $7
The concept of One Health recognizes that human, environmental, and animal health are all connected. Mark Pokras, DVM, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, MS, will explore the concept of common loons as a “sentinel species” for evaluating the health of our aquatic environments. This talk will discuss current and future studies, and implications for conservation. This will be an interactive presentation that will encourage active audience discussion.
Mark Pokras is Associate Professor Emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. Brooke Hafford MacDonald is the LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes Society and a Contract Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
What's Happening To Our Birds?
with Sally Stockwell
Location: Western Maine Audubon Chapter, Roberts Learning Center, C23 - University of Maine Farmington
The numbers are staggering. A recent article in the journal Science documents declines among 64% of all eastern forest bird species—a loss of 167 million birds—and among 50% of all boreal forest species—a loss of 501 million birds— in North America alone. That means nearly one in four of all eastern forest birds and one in three of all boreal forest birds that were coloring the forest with their flashy feathers and cheerful songs in 1970 are no longer with us.
Our state has the largest remaining block of forest in the eastern U.S. and these forests are vital to the breeding success of millions of forest songbirds every year. We are the “baby bird factory” for the entire Atlantic Flyway. Because of that, much of northern and western Maine has been designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area by National Audubon and BirdLife International. We have both an opportunity and aresponsibility to help these declining birds.
Come learn more about how the data were gathered, who’s at risk and why, and what you can do to help stem the declines. All landowners in the region with grasslands or forestlands can help change that by creating or improving habitat for birds in Maine. Your efforts to care for your woods, fields and waters can make a big difference!
For more information and to register contact: Burt Knapp at email@example.com
Stream Smart Phase I Training
with Sarah Haggerty
LOCATION: Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath
WORKSHOP: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Applying the Stream Smart principles to your road crossings can help connect and maintain fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety. Stream Smart crossings can also help towns prepare for the large and frequent storm events that have been washing out roads around the state and the northeast.
This workshop is made possible by support from a number of partners. Please see our Stream Smart Partners & Supporters page for information on our partners.