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Young Birders Club (ages 10-16)
Join the Maine Audubon staff on the second Saturday of each month this spring for our Young Birders Club. Kids ages 10 – 16 are invited to join the Fields Pond Audubon Center Staff to learn the ins & outs of birding. Binoculars are available to use but bring your own if you have them.
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!
Wild Crafted Basketry
with Rebecca May Verrill
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $95, Nonmembers $115 (Includes materials)
In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers. In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas on the property and cut our own Red Osier Dogwood for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to the Visitor’s Center.
Instructor will provide the majority of pre-harvested materials, however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials, having an understanding of how and what to look for and harvest. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!
Students will be guided through an introduction to make a large flat-bottomed basket. Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward, if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.
Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as well as many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their glove box or backpack.
What to bring: We will be spending the first hour or so of class outside, harvesting materials, so please dress accordingly! Bring small, hand-held prune or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots. Feel free to bring other shoes to change into during class. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only other requirements.
Please bring your lunch and snacks. A refridgerator and microwave will be available.
About the Instructor: Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world. She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com.
Using Trail Cameras to Study Wildlife Behavior
with Janet Pesaturo
Join conservation biologist and author, Janet Pesaturo, for a presentation on “camera trapping.” Janet is a certified tracker who travels around the country tracking and camera trapping everything from mouse to moose. In 2018, her first book was published: Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife. This one-hour talk followed by book sale and signing, will introduce trail cameras – how they work and how to set them up – and then discuss smart camera placement so that you too can capture photos and videos that reveal the secret habits of animals. Signed books will be available for sale.
Fill the Feeder
Join us for our unique one-day live streaming fundraiser where your donation helps us Fill the Feeder!
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
Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities.
The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.
The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.
In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:
What do educators say?
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...
Walking on Wabanaki Land
Maine Audubon recognizes and honors the traditions of Maine’s native people who are the original protectors of the land. This collaborative event between Nibezun and Maine Audubon is a way in which the people of the Wabanaki Confederacy tell stories of their profound connection with the earth and the living things in it through music, art, and craft.
John Bear Mitchell (Penobscot) will tell stories through dance and drums at 11:00 am
Hawk Henries (Nipmuc) will offer flutes and music that remind us of the gifts that Life has to offer at 1:00.
Hawk Henries will also be offering flute making demonstrations from 10-12:30 and 2 - 3.
Ann Pollard Ranco (Penobscot) will share her beautiful native art and crafts from 10 - 3
Passamaquoddy Maple will be making delicious maple candy from 10 - 3. Come get a sample!
For more information about Nibezun and the tremendous work they do, please see: www.nibezun.org