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Bird Walk at Fort Williams
with Doug Hitchcox
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.
Earth Day Film Festival
Location: Gilsland Farm
Maine Outdoor Film Festival presents the sixth annual special conservation-themed version of the popular film tour. Join us for a curated selection short independent films, a beverage, and an evening celebration of Earth Day.
Sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Magazine, Allagash Brewing, and Chickadee Wine.
This event is 21+.
Speaker Series: "The Best Day Ever"
with Patti Bailie
Members: $12 Non-Members: $15
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Join nature-based early childhood education leader, Patti Bailie, for a screening of Antoich New England's short film "The Best Day Ever" and discussion about forest field days in Vermont kindergartens. Dr. Bailie will share the latest research and trends associated with how experience and play in nature contributes to childhood development.
This event is part of the national "Week of the Young Child."
Patti Bailie is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at University of Maine Farmington. Dr. Bailie is active in the field of early childhood environmental education serving on the advisory board of the Natural Start Alliance and as consulting editor of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education. Her research interests include identifying high quality practices of nature-based preschools and their impact on school readiness.
Speaker Series: "The President's Salmon"
with Catherine Schmitt
Members: $12 Non-members: $15
From 1912 to 1982, the first salmon caught in the Penobscot River each spring was sent to the White House and presented to the President. Join acclaimed author and science writer, Catherine Schmitt, as she discusses the long natural and human history around Atlantic Salmon in Maine's rivers, including past and ongoing efforts to regulate the fishery and restore this historic migration.
This event headlines Maine Audubon's celebration of the "International Year of the Salmon."
Ms. Schmitt is the author of three books, and writes frequently for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Her writing is informed by her background in environmental science and field experience in rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Bangor, Maine.
Spring Native Plants Walk: Annie Sturgis Sanctuary
with Arthur Haines
Maine Audubon and NEWS members: $38
Join New England Wildflower Society's staff research botanist, Arthur Haines, for a hike through the Society's 40-acre property along the Kennebec River in Vassalboro. Descend into the gully to visit a variety of lime-loving plants, including wild ginger(extremely rare in Maine) and an array of woodland wildflowers.
Please aware that some trails in Annie Sturgis Sanctuary are narrow and steep, making this trip moderately difficult and not appropriate for those with physical limitations.
Spring Native Plants Walk: Saco Heath
with Heather McCargo
Members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project: $20
Saco Heath is owned by The Nature Conservancy and includes a large forested/shrub heath surrounded mature deciduous woodlands. This mosaic of plant communities includes rare and common native plants and animals. Come explore the two-mile trail which begins in a mature hardwood forest with many spring wildflowers, then step onto the boardwalk that snakes through the wetland community of plants that thrive in the highly acidic moist soils.
Whip-poor-wills at The Plains
with Doug Hitchcox
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.