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Tracking Maine’s Great Blue Herons Beyond State Lines

$10

with Danielle D'Auria

Calendar Next session starts Apr 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Members: $8, Nonmembers: $10

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Did you ever wonder where Maine’s Great Blue Herons go in winter?  In 2016, five adult Great Blue Herons were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices, then released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the five Maine birds migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti!  Hear all about these majestic birds, how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 10 years, and how students are integral to tracking their movements within and beyond state lines. 

Conserving vernal pools in Maine's towns

$10

with Arum Calhoun

Calendar Next session starts Apr 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

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

Speaker Series: "The Best Day Ever"

$15

with Patti Bailie

Calendar Next session starts Apr 11, 2019 at 7 pm

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.

Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century
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Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century

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Calendar Next session starts Apr 12, 2019 at 10 am

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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.

 

Live Animal Show: Animal Adaptations

$15
Calendar Next session starts Apr 19, 2019 at 10:30 am

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!

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Earth Day Film Festival

$15
Calendar Next session starts Apr 22, 2019 at 7 pm

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+.

Woodcock Watch

$10

with Lynn Havsall

Calendar Next session starts Apr 26, 2019 at 7 pm

Member: $8, Non-member: $10

Location: Fields Pond, Holden

Learn about the wonders of the American Woodcock in a presentation revealing secrets of our weirdest shorebird. After the program we will check out the fields around Fields Pond to experience one of spring's delights— the dazzling displays of courting woodcocks!  Hear the “peents” and twittering of the wings while watching the amazing spiral sky dance.  Dress warm and bring binoculars.

Maine’s Great Migration

$10

with David Lamon

Calendar Next session starts May 6, 2019 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

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





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