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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)

Winter Wildlife Tracking

$70

with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 9, 2020 at 9 am

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

The winter landscape is a fabulous time to connect with the lives of our local wildlife. Mammals, birds (even winter insects) leave behind tracks, trails and signs of their presence. Spend the morning exploring the fields and forests of Gilsand Farm with certified wildlife tracker Dan Gardoqui, learning to interpret the abundant clues of our wild neighbors. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature has been teaching wildlife tracking for over 25 years and is an engaging and enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Participants should be dressed to be outdoors for the entire 3 hours – regardless of temperature. Dress in layers. Bring snacks and a drink. Program runs regardless of snow cover. For adults & interested teens. Group size is limited, so sign up quickly.

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. 

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Winter Twig Identification
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Winter Twig Identification

$54

with Arthur Haines

Calendar Next session starts Feb 23, 2020 at 1 pm

Members: $45, Nonmembers $54
Location: Gilsland Farm

Woody plants such as trees, shrubs, and lianas can be identified during dormant time. Winter branchlet identification provides a more holistic understanding of woody plant identification and can give you more confidence in naming plants. You will learn to interpret the special branchlet features of woody plants that assist both in winter identification as well as in growing season surveys.

This workshop is in partnership with Native Plant Trust, and will be led by botanist Arthur Haines.  Members of Maine Audubon and/or Native Plant Trust will receive a 20% discount.

Register at:  https://www.nativeplanttrust.org/events/winter-twig-identification/

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.





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