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Family Fun at Gilsland Farm


with Molly Woodring

Calendar Current session started Jan 8, 2020 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session on Jan 8, 2020

Weekly on Wednesdays, no class 2/19 

Child members: $120
Child non-members: $150
Ages 2-5, siblings under 2 free
Location: Gilsland Farm

Young children and their grown-ups are invited to spend an hour exploring nature together through stories, songs, art, and play. Each week will include both indoor activities and outdoor adventures designed to foster a connection to nature, encourage stewardship, and provide an introduction to group learning settings.

Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. ($15/week for members, $20/week nonmembers)

Next Generation Recycling


with Shelby Wright

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 22, 2020 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Members: FREE,  Nonmembers: $8

Join Shelby Wright, Director of Community Services at Coastal Resources of Maine, to find out the latest recycling technology in your neighborhood.  Gathering the waste of over 100 of our local communities, the new Hampden facility uses Fiberight’s proprietary state-of-the-art technology to recover resources from our waste stream and convert them into value-added products and bio-fuels.  Come find out what’s happening with your trash!

Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk


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:

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

(No walk on Thursday, December 26)

Requiem: The Sounds of Human-Driven Extinction Artist Talk


with Steve Norton

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 23, 2020 at 7 pm

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
FREE event


Requiem is sound installation by sound artist and musician Steve Norton. The work’s topic is human-driven extinction. It is an electronic music composition whose sound materials are exclusively the sounds of bird and frog species which have gone extinct during the era of recorded sound, enabling us to hear them once again, forever or until the power goes out. Steve will address the audience at the Fields Pond Center regarding the making of Requiem, his artistic research, the work’s context and a little about the technology involved.  Steve was a working musician in the Boston area for over thirty years, playing woodwinds and other instruments in the avant-garde jazz and free improvisation communities. He has recently completed an MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine.  

Note: The  Requiem installation will be open to the public at Fields Pond from January 13 through February 13.

Speaker Series: 21+ Live Animals Presentation


with Center for Wildlife

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 23, 2020 at 7 pm

Members $12, Nonmembers $15

Join Center for Wildlife Executive Director, Kristen Lamb, for a look inside a wildlife medical clinic and education center.  Through live animal ambassadors, X-Rays, photographs, and storytelling, participants will learn about real-time challenges our wildlife face such as societal empathy on the decline, rapidly changing climate, and development/habitat loss. 

This program may or may not be for the faint of heart, but all will leave feeling empowered and inspired with more knowledge and understanding to be a positive impact on the natural world, beginning today.   

Beer and wine is included.

This program is for ages 21+ and is sponsored by Allagash Brewing and Chickadee Wines.

Teacher Workshop: Winter Ecology


with David Lamon

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 24, 2020 at 9 am

Members: $8  Nonmembers: $12
Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Winter is a fantastic time to get your students outdoors to explore nature! During this hands-on workshop teachers will explore a variety of activities to use with their classrooms this winter.

Topics covered will include activities related to both biological and physical sciences and all activities will be referenced to the Next Generation Science Standards.  

Nature Tuesday (Winter)
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Nature Tuesday (Winter)


with Davida Sky

Calendar Next session starts Jan 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm
2 additional sessions through Feb 25, 2020

Next meeting: January 14
Location: Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth.

If there is a cancellation we will email  you on Tuesday morning

We plan to do some coastal birding with Carol Beyna who will have her scope so that we can see details, but please bring your binoculars. We’ll visit two sites: first, Kettle Cove in Cape Ellizabeth (64 Kettle Cove Rd., Cape Elizabeth) and second, Dyer Point (221-299 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth). Our prewalk showed Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, Common Loons, Eiders, Long Tails, Harlequins, and Purple Sandpipers.  

If folks are interested we could prolong our trip with a stop at the Back Bay in Portland. Please dress warmly; it’s windy on the shore. Even if the weather does not allow for birding, we will still meet at Kettle Cove to walk the trails, check for tracks, and winter ID trees and plants. In this case ice grippers and/or walking poles will be helpful. Also: The seed pods and buds are interesting, so your 10X magnifier would be a plus.

Birding Basics: Finding Birds


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)

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