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Artist Reception: Page Eastburn O'Rourke
Join us for the latest exhibition "Birds of Paradise" with Yarmouth painter Page Eastburn O'Rourke. Meet the artist, enjoy the show, and perhaps do a little Mother's Day shopping in the Nature Store! The exhibition will open May 1 and run through the month!
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
Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
Join us for fun on our last full weekend! We will have an end of the season sale in the store, door prizes, a used book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, children’s activity day on Sunday, and much more.
Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Join us on April 27 for a very special event!
Maine Spring LIVE: Wildlife, Science & YOU!
Hosted in partnership with Maine Public as part of a project with PBS and the acclaimed Nature series, this day-long festival will feature something for everyone, including:
- Live animal presentations in our Visitor Center
- Bird and nature walks throughout the day
- Presentations on citizen science projects and opportunities
- Birdhouse construction demonstrations (leave with your own kit!)
- Solar energy tours and information
- Games, face painting, food trucks
Be a part of this exciting event! Admission is free, but parking is limited.
Join us to learn about Maine Audubon's citizen science projects and the work being done by all these great organizations:
- Signs of the Seasons
- Wild Seed Project
- Acadia Birding Festival
- ReVision Energy
- Maine Conservation Voters
- Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Stanton Bird Club
- Lake Stewards of Maine
- Maine Public
- Lyseth School
- Scarborough Land Trust
- Book Fairy Pantry Project
- Down East Spring Birding Festival
- The Ecology School
- Garbage To Garden
- Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
- Maine Young Birders Club
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
Native Plants Sale & Festival
Join us for our fourth annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and even containers. We work with state and regional vendors to source material that is naturally propagated and easily adaptable to a variety of landscape uses. In addition to the festive atmosphere, numerous experts and resources will be on hand to help both new and experienced gardeners and growers select plants and improve their habitats.
- Over 40 species of potted native wildflowers, shrubs and trees
- Information tables featuring partners and experts
- Educational workshops and expert advice
- Kids activities, food trucks, and more!
The annual Plants Sale & Festival is the signature program of Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” community engagement and native plant restoration initiative. The initiative is based on the best-selling book of that title by entomologist Doug Tallamy, and is funded by a gift from Jim & Ann Hancock.
Rangeley Birding Festival
Join us June 7th - 9th for the inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival to experience the rich bird life that flourishes at the intersection of northern forest, stunning, clear lakes and the High Peaks of western Maine.
The inaugural Rangeley Birding Festival is dedicated to the memory of John Bicknell.
The Rangeley Lakes region is the premier birding destination for rare and sought-after species in New England. Deep in the heart of Maine's lush boreal forest, Rangeley provides a convenient hub to find northern specialties like Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, and Boreal Chickadee, as well as breeding warblers including Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Mourning.
What sets the Rangeley Birding Festival apart from all others is the breeding grounds. While other festivals hope to catch birds as they migrate through, in Rangeley they've reached their destination and are on territory. This means that birds are more reliable (though not guaranteed, this is still birding after all!) and displaying different behaviors than in migration. No other festival in New England provides such convenient access to so many boreal birds. Don't miss it!
Snowy Egret Day
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Experience a day of family fun, including an early morning bird walk starting at 7am, a canoe tour, nature crafts, used book sale, nature walks and more. There will be special programs for children as well as displays and information.
A used book dealer has given us a large amount of nature books so our used book sale will be HUGE this year. We will also have excellent art books donated from the estate of Father Paul Plante. Come join us for this fun-filled day and celebrate all that Maine’s largest salt marsh has to offer! This event is held in conjunction with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.
Fee for some programs.
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.