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Conserving vernal pools in Maine's towns
with Arum Calhoun
Member: $8 Non-Member: $10
Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Conserving vernal pools in Maine's towns using a locally driven, collaborative approach: The Maine Vernal Pool Special Area Management Plan
Towns in Maine now have access to an innovative, locally driven vernal pool conservation tool that addresses both the conservation of vernal pools in towns rural areas while supporting development in town's growth zones. This voluntary tool is being implemented in Orono and Topsham, Maine and may open the door to fostering both economic and ecological health in our towns. Arum Calhoun, our speaker, is a wetland ecologist and faculty member at the University of Maine. Her work stresses the importance of conserving natural resources (wetlands and vernal pools) and/or target species (wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and blue-spotted salamanders) on private lands by addressing both human and ecological dimensions.
Photo via Flickr user The Marmot
Earth Day Film Festival
Location: Gilsland Farm
Maine Outdoor Film Festival presents the sixth annual special conservation-themed version of the popular film tour. Join us for a curated selection short independent films, a beverage, and an evening celebration of Earth Day.
Sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Magazine, Allagash Brewing, and Chickadee Wine.
This event is 21+.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival
Join us for a weekend filled with events and activities for beginner and expert birders of all ages.
Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26
The L.L.Bean Birding Festival partners with Maine Audubon to present opportunities for all birders in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. On Saturday and Sunday we offer boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, kid’s crafts, activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and workshops.
- Our keynote speaker is Laura Erickson. Laura is a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She was the 2014 recipient of the ABA’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award. Since 1986 Laura has produced the “For the Birds” radio program, which is now also available as a podcast.
- Bird walks at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, and Wolfe’s Neck Farm for Agriculture and the Environment
- Children’s bird walk with Laura Erickson
- Live bird presentations by Center for Wildlife
- Bird Sketching with artist Michael Boardman
- Birds of Casco Bay boat trip
- Birding by Ear presentation by Jerry Berrier of birdblind.org
- Feature presentation by Matt Young, Collections Management Leader at Cornell’s renowned Macaulay Library
- Owl prowl and bat walk
- Bird walks at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, and Tidebrook
- Birder’s Social, hosted by Robin Robinson, the founder, and admin of the Maine BIRDS Facebook page that has over 21,000 followers
- Ray’s Talkin’ Birds live broadcast
- Birds of Casco Bay boat trip
- Live bird presentation by Chewonki
- Bird comics workshop by Rosemary Mosco, science writer, naturalist and comic artist at birdandmoon.com
A full schedule of events will be available from L.L.Bean around the end of April
Live Animal Show: Animal Adaptations
Adult Member: $10, Adult Nonmember: $15
Member Child: $5, Nonmember Child: $10
Location: Gilsland Farm
Join Maine Audubon and our friends at Center for Wildlife as we get an up close look at several fascinating species of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and other critters. With the live animals and interactive discussion, we’ll learn more about these animals up close, and explore our connection to them.
Please note: This program entails a formal presentation involving live animals, and is most appropriate for school-aged children and older. Guests are asked to remain still and quiet throughout the 45-minute presentation so as not to disrupt the animals and other people. Thank you!
Maine’s Great Migration
with David Lamon
Member: $8, Non-Members: $10
Each spring millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn. Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife. Join Maine Audubon’s David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events. We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways.
Photo via Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program
Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century
New England Wild Flower Society and Maine Audubon offer Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century symposium featuring the region’s experts in plant science and strategies for native plant management.
The full-day event highlights current research, practices, and applications in native plant conservation. Leading plant professionals from Maine will discuss their roles and current projects, examine current trends and challenges, and posit next steps for regional native plant conservation efforts. Through a panel, keynote, workshops, and a community forum, participants will learn about a range of topics including plant evolution and genetics, conservation management approaches, habitat restoration, and growth in the nursery trade.
The Native Plant Conservation Symposium includes a keynote presentation by Dr. José Eduardo Meireles, Professor at University of Maine and new director of its herbarium, the most comprehensive collection of plants in the state. With expertise in plant evolution and genetics, Dr. Meireles will address how the study of plant evolution can shape perspectives on current native plant conservation strategies and biodiversity.
Additional panelists and workshop presenters include:
Arthur Haines, Research Botanist at New England Wild Flower Society. Mr. Haines is a plant biologist specializing in native plant taxonomy, conservation, and landscapes. He is the author of Flora Novae Angliae, the comprehensive technical guide to the region’s plants.
Shawn Jalbert, Founder of Native Haunts Plant Nursery. Mr. Jalbert is a native plant cultivator, consultant, and educator. He is also the steward of New England Wild Flower Society’s Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary in Springvale, ME.
Heather McCargo, Founder of the Wild Seed Project. Ms. McCargo is an educator in native plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. She is dedicated to ethical native plant seed collection and to public education on propagation to promote native plant populations.
Kristen Puryear, Ecologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program. Ms. Puryear conducts and oversees ecological monitoring for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, including rare plant and natural community surveys, landscape analysis, and ecological integrity assessments.
Speaker Series: "The Best Day Ever"
with Patti Bailie
Members: $12 Non-Members: $15
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Join nature-based early childhood education leader, Patti Bailie, for a screening of Antoich New England's short film "The Best Day Ever" and discussion about forest field days in Vermont kindergartens. Dr. Bailie will share the latest research and trends associated with how experience and play in nature contributes to childhood development.
This event is part of the national "Week of the Young Child."
Patti Bailie is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at University of Maine Farmington. Dr. Bailie is active in the field of early childhood environmental education serving on the advisory board of the Natural Start Alliance and as consulting editor of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education. Her research interests include identifying high quality practices of nature-based preschools and their impact on school readiness.
Speaker Series: "The President's Salmon"
with Catherine Schmitt
Members: $12 Non-members: $15
From 1912 to 1982, the first salmon caught in the Penobscot River each spring was sent to the White House and presented to the President. Join acclaimed author and science writer, Catherine Schmitt, as she discusses the long natural and human history around Atlantic Salmon in Maine's rivers, including past and ongoing efforts to regulate the fishery and restore this historic migration.
This event headlines Maine Audubon's celebration of the "International Year of the Salmon."
Ms. Schmitt is the author of three books, and writes frequently for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Her writing is informed by her background in environmental science and field experience in rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Bangor, Maine.