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Live Animal Show: Animal Adaptations
Adult Member: $10, Adult Nonmember: $15
Member Child: $5, Nonmember Child: $10
Location: Gilsland Farm
Join Maine Audubon and our friends at Center for Wildlife as we get an up close look at several fascinating species of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and other critters. With the live animals and interactive discussion, we’ll learn more about these animals up close, and explore our connection to them.
Please note: This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older. Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people. Thank you!
Maine Bird Atlas Training
with Doug Hitchcox
Location: Fields Pond
The Maine Bird Atlas is a project to survey and map the distribution and abundance of breeding and wintering birds in Maine. It is a joint effort between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Natural History Observatory, Maine Audubon, the Biodiversity Research Institute and the public. The project will run from 2018-2022 to enable conservationists and researchers to track changes in bird populations.
Birds are an excellent indicator of environmental health, allowing for an overall understanding of the environmental health of the State of Maine. This workshop will explain the importance of understanding bird populations, what bird populations indicate and how YOU as a citizen scientist can play role in this effort. Program is free, but pre-registration is required.
Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Join us on April 27 for a very special event!
Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Hosted in partnership with Maine Public as part of a project with PBS and the acclaimed Nature series, this day-long festival will feature something for everyone, including:
- Live animal presentations in our Visitor Center
- Bird and nature walks throughout the day
- Presentations on citizen science projects and opportunities
- Birdhouse construction demonstrations (leave with your own kit!)
- Solar energy tours and information
- Games, face painting, food trucks
Be a part of this exciting event! Admission is free, but parking is limited.
Maine’s Great Migration
with David Lamon
Member: $8, Non-Members: $10
Each spring millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn. Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife. Join Maine Audubon’s David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events. We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways.
Photo via Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program
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.
Members $7, Nonmember $9
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Explorers search the marsh for natural artifacts like shells, grasses and flowers and incorporate these treasures into their own handmade pottery.
Advanced registration necessary. Call (207) 883-5100
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.