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Speaker Series: Tree Swallows with Bernd Heinrich

$15

with Bernd Heinrich

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 12, 2020 at 7 pm

The Maine Audubon Speaker Series welcomes the return of Bernd Heinrich for a talk and book signing for his new work, White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows.

 For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Beth Pauls at 207.781.2330 x273 or email bpauls@maineaudubon.org. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodation is requested.  

Birding Tour: Arizona
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Birding Tour: Arizona

$2,050

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Mar 14, 2020

Join this private birding tour for Arizona Winter Specialties with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

Southern Arizona is a fabulous place for a birding tour in winter! The wide San Rafael Grasslands seethe with a multitude of wintering finches. Scarce thrashers sing from mesquites in the desert near Phoenix. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes rise bugling from protected roosting sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley. A plethora of raptors ply the vast desert skies, searching for prey and thermals. Winter irruptives like Mountain Bluebirds and Lawrence's Goldfinches appear in varying numbers most years. And Mexican species wander across the border to add a tropical twist. Our mid-March timing also gives us a shot at some early spring migrants -- while all of the wintering birds are still on territory.

We'll be based in Phoenix for two nights and Tucson for four, and all of the areas we visit are easy day trips from very comfortable hotels. If you're looking to escape the winter blahs, head to southern Arizona for a truly exceptional winter birding experience!

A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Arizona Tour Itinerary

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Arizona 2020 with Maine Audubon

Young Birders Club (ages 10-16)

$5
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 14, 2020 at 9 am
1 additional session on Apr 11, 2020

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

$30
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 14, 2020 at 4 pm

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

...and more!

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

$115

with Rebecca May Verrill

Calendar Next session starts Mar 15, 2020 at 9 am

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.

Full Course

Using Trail Cameras to Study Wildlife Behavior

$10

with Janet Pesaturo

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2020 at 7 pm

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
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Fill the Feeder

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available
Calendar Next session starts Mar 19, 2020 at 9 am

Join us for our unique one-day live streaming fundraiser where your donation helps us Fill the Feeder!

Loon Winter Ecology Presentation

$7

with James Paruk

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2020 at 7 pm

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





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