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Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century
New England Wild Flower Society and Maine Audubon offer Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century symposium featuring the region’s experts in plant science and strategies for native plant management.
The full-day event highlights current research, practices, and applications in native plant conservation. Leading plant professionals from Maine will discuss their roles and current projects, examine current trends and challenges, and posit next steps for regional native plant conservation efforts. Through a panel, keynote, workshops, and a community forum, participants will learn about a range of topics including plant evolution and genetics, conservation management approaches, habitat restoration, and growth in the nursery trade.
The Native Plant Conservation Symposium includes a keynote presentation by Dr. José Eduardo Meireles, Professor at University of Maine and new director of its herbarium, the most comprehensive collection of plants in the state. With expertise in plant evolution and genetics, Dr. Meireles will address how the study of plant evolution can shape perspectives on current native plant conservation strategies and biodiversity.
Additional panelists and workshop presenters include:
Arthur Haines, Research Botanist at New England Wild Flower Society. Mr. Haines is a plant biologist specializing in native plant taxonomy, conservation, and landscapes. He is the author of Flora Novae Angliae, the comprehensive technical guide to the region’s plants.
Shawn Jalbert, Founder of Native Haunts Plant Nursery. Mr. Jalbert is a native plant cultivator, consultant, and educator. He is also the steward of New England Wild Flower Society’s Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary in Springvale, ME.
Heather McCargo, Founder of the Wild Seed Project. Ms. McCargo is an educator in native plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. She is dedicated to ethical native plant seed collection and to public education on propagation to promote native plant populations.
Kristen Puryear, Ecologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program. Ms. Puryear conducts and oversees ecological monitoring for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, including rare plant and natural community surveys, landscape analysis, and ecological integrity assessments.
Native Plants Sale & Festival
Join us for our third annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and even containers. We work with state and regional vendors to source material that is naturally propagated and easily adaptable to a variety of landscape uses. In addition to the festive atmosphere, numerous experts and resources will be on hand to help both new and experienced gardeners and growers select plants and improve their habitats.
- Over 40 species of potted native wildflowers, shrubs and trees
- Information tables featuring partners and experts
- Educational workshops and expert advice
- Kids activities, food trucks, and more!
The annual Plants Sale & Festival is the signature program of Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” community engagement and native plant restoration initiative. The initiative is based on the best-selling book of that title by entomologist Doug Tallamy, and is funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.
Nature Tuesday Group
with Davida Sky
Next meeting: March 26, 1:30-3 pm
Polly Haight Frawley will be joining us. Polly is a graduate of this year’s Maine Master Naturalist Class and prepared her capstone on the use of trees for medicinal purposes by the Wabenaki Confederation. She will share some of her learnings with us as we walk around the meadow identifying the trees that the Wabenaki used. We’ll be looking for changes in buds and early arriving birds so it would be good to bring binoculars and a magnifying lens.
Picnic at the Pond
Members $5, non-members $8 (optional boxed dinner available for an additional $12 each)
Location: Gilsland Farm
Don’t miss this special chance to visit Gilsland Farm at dusk as we explore a favorite aquatic ecosystem!
5-6pm Family Picnic
We'll set the tables and put out picnic blankets for an al fresco dining experience! BYO food or reserve a boxed dinner while purchasing tickets. Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams will perform some of his playful, funny songs about ecology and being green during this time, too!
6-8pm Activities and Exploration
Scoop for and observe pond critters with Maine Audubon educators, learn about citizen science opportunities, join a bird walk around the pond, tackle a turtle obstacle course, and more!
Preschool April Vacation Camp
with Molly Woodring
Member: $48, Nonmember $60
Register for single days or the whole week!
Location: Gilsland Farm
Our half-day (9am-1pm) preschool camps are an opportunity for children ages 3-5 to learn about wildlife through play and outdoor adventure. Our daily schedule includes time for art, hiking, free play, games, stories, and songs.
Partial scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance. Please call 207-781-2330 x.273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form (pdf).
Monday: Give Plants a Chance
From catkins above our heads to fiddleheads at our feet, we’ll look high and low for signs of new plant growth and will try to figure out which animals use these plants for food and shelter.
Tuesday: Springtime Birds
Birds are migrating back to Maine, singing, and building nests! We will look and listen for birds and practice building different types of nests.
Wednesday: Frogs and Turtles
Birds and the only animals singing and building nests this time of year. We will explore the life cycles and adaptation of frogs and turtles today.
Thursday: Habitat Connections
What do plants and animals need to survive? How can people protect and provide habitat for wildlife? We’ll explore some special habitats and Gilsland Farm and plant seeds to take home.
Friday: Earth Day
We’ll kick off Earth Day weekend with a celebration of stewardship and a special live animal show with the Center for Wildlife.
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.
Stream Smart Phase I Workshop
with Sarah Haggerty
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
REGISTRATON: 8 - 8:30 am
WORKSHOP: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Maine Audubon will be holding introductory Stream Smart workshops at the Fields Pond Maine Audubon Center in Holden on March 26th and at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on April 4th.
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.