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AARP Canoe Tour

$575

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Aug 1, 2018 at 1 pm
1 additional session on Aug 1, 2018

Join us for a canoe tour especially for AARP members.  We will meet at the nature center and canoe together on the Dunstan River looking at the migrating birds and the other wildife of the marsh.

Must be AARP members to register for this event.  To join AARP go to: https://states.aarp.org/region/maine/

August Full Moon Canoe Tour
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August Full Moon Canoe Tour

$16

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Aug 24, 2018 at 7 pm
2 additional sessions through Aug 26, 2018

Members $14, Nonmembers $16

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.

Arrive no later than 6:30 pm

Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100

 

 

Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2018

$85

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 22, 2018 at 8 am

Members: $60, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Boothbay Harbor

When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles!

We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

Important information about this trip: Coming soon!

 

Bar Harbor Pelagic

$175

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 15, 2018 at 6 am

Members: $135 Nonmembers: $175

Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!

Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, both Great and South Polar Skuas, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, Razorbills, and Common Murres. Beyond birds, the marine mammal and fish show can be equally stunning with six different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna seen over the years.

Information packets available here: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2018

Registration questions: Beth Pauls – (207) 781-2330 x273

Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Free
Calendar Next session starts Jul 14, 2018 at 7 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated.  Call 207-883-5100 or e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org

Bird Monitoring
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Bird Monitoring

Free
Calendar Next session starts Aug 25, 2018 at 6:30 am

Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey.  Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak.  Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders.  We have been doing this survey for over 20 years.  All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.

Advanced registration appreciated.  Call 207-883-5100 or e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org

Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip

$75
Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am
1 additional session on May 27, 2018

Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75

Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport where a bus will take participants to the boat.

In conjunction with the L.L. Bean Freeport Birding Festival, we are offering two trips with Captain Peter Milholland to explore the bird life around Casco Bay.

Our tentative route will leave from Lower Flying Point and head towards Sister Island, looping around towards Goose Island then southward towards the Goslings and Irony Island. Then we'll pass between Whaleboat Island and Little Whaleboat Island (if time permits) on our way towards Green Island, or cut across the bay southwesterly from the Goslings directly towards Green Island. Our route may change based on the birds (and other sealife) we encounter.

About our captain: Captain Peter Milholland, principal owner and operator of Seacoast Tours of Freeport, is an experienced, professional mariner and marine educator with over twenty-five years of expertise in developing and maintaining marine educational programs. Peter wants to pass his knowledge of Casco Bay on to others and he states, “Seacoast Tours of Freeport is a way for locals and visitors to directly experience the spectacular beauty and wonders of Casco Bay.”

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Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
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Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat

$800
Calendar Next session starts Sep 23, 2018

Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)

Registration opening soon!

This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain.

Meals will be provided. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.

Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at monsonarts.org.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray

The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.

Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. http://www.alanbray.com/

 

“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley

“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?

We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.

Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry. http://www.kimberlyridley.org





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