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Speaker Series: Tree Swallows with Bernd Heinrich


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 Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodation is requested.  

Using Trail Cameras to Study Wildlife Behavior


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.

Loon Winter Ecology Presentation


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

Walking on Wabanaki Land

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 21, 2020 at 10 am

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:

What's a One Health Approach to Common Loon Conservation?

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Location: Gilsland Farm

Members $5, Nonmembers $7

The concept of One Health recognizes that human, environmental, and animal health are all connected. Mark Pokras, DVM, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, MS, will explore the concept of common loons as a “sentinel species” for evaluating the health of our aquatic environments. This talk will discuss current and future studies, and implications for conservation. This will be an interactive presentation that will encourage active audience discussion.

Mark Pokras is Associate Professor Emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. Brooke Hafford MacDonald is the LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes Society and a Contract Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

What's Happening To Our Birds?
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What's Happening To Our Birds?


with Sally Stockwell

Calendar Next session starts Apr 8, 2020 at 7 pm

Location: Western Maine Audubon Chapter, Roberts Learning Center, C23 - University of Maine Farmington

Price: Free

The numbers are staggering. A recent article in the journal Science documents declines among 64% of all eastern forest bird species—a loss of 167 million birds—and among 50% of all boreal forest species—a loss of 501 million birds— in North America alone. That means nearly one in four of all eastern forest birds and one in three of all boreal forest birds that were coloring the forest with their flashy feathers and cheerful songs in 1970 are no longer with us.

Our state has the largest remaining block of forest in the eastern U.S. and these forests are vital to the breeding success of millions of forest songbirds every year. We are the “baby bird factory” for the entire Atlantic Flyway. Because of that, much of northern and western Maine has been designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area by National Audubon and BirdLife International. We have both an opportunity and aresponsibility to help these declining birds.

Come learn more about how the data were gathered, who’s at risk and why, and what you can do to help stem the declines. All landowners in the region with grasslands or forestlands can help change that by creating or improving habitat for birds in Maine. Your efforts to care for your woods, fields and waters can make a big difference!

For more information and to register contact: Burt Knapp at

Speaker Series: The History & Future of Maine's Ash Trees


with Suzanne Greenlaw

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 9, 2020 at 7 pm

Join University of Maine researcher and member of the Houlton Band of Maliseets Nation, Suzanne Greenlaw as she combines Western science and Wabanaki ecological knowledge to study and address the various threats to Maine's iconic Brown Ash.

Earth Day Film Festival

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 22, 2020 at 6 pm

Members: $12, Nonmembers: $15

Location: Gilsland Farm

Doors open at 6pm, films begin at 7pm.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival presents the seventh annual special conservation-themed version of the popular film tour.  Join us for a curated selection of short independent films featuring the outdoors, a beverage, and an evening celebration of Earth Day. 

Titles are still being determined. Check back for more information.

Sponsored by Allagash Brewing, and Chickadee Wine.

This event is 21+.

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