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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jan 23, 2020 at 8 am
5 additional sessions through Feb 27, 2020

Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8
Location: Gilsland Farm

Registration not required, cash only

Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary.  We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.

We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.

A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here:

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

(No walk on Thursday, December 26)

Nature Tuesday (Winter)
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Nature Tuesday (Winter)


with Davida Sky

Calendar Next session starts Jan 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm
2 additional sessions through Feb 25, 2020

Next meeting: January 14
Location: Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth.

If there is a cancellation we will email  you on Tuesday morning

We plan to do some coastal birding with Carol Beyna who will have her scope so that we can see details, but please bring your binoculars. We’ll visit two sites: first, Kettle Cove in Cape Ellizabeth (64 Kettle Cove Rd., Cape Elizabeth) and second, Dyer Point (221-299 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth). Our prewalk showed Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, Common Loons, Eiders, Long Tails, Harlequins, and Purple Sandpipers.  

If folks are interested we could prolong our trip with a stop at the Back Bay in Portland. Please dress warmly; it’s windy on the shore. Even if the weather does not allow for birding, we will still meet at Kettle Cove to walk the trails, check for tracks, and winter ID trees and plants. In this case ice grippers and/or walking poles will be helpful. Also: The seed pods and buds are interesting, so your 10X magnifier would be a plus.

Winter Wildlife Tracking


with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 9, 2020 at 9 am

Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

The winter landscape is a fabulous time to connect with the lives of our local wildlife. Mammals, birds (even winter insects) leave behind tracks, trails and signs of their presence. Spend the morning exploring the fields and forests of Gilsand Farm with certified wildlife tracker Dan Gardoqui, learning to interpret the abundant clues of our wild neighbors. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature has been teaching wildlife tracking for over 25 years and is an engaging and enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Participants should be dressed to be outdoors for the entire 3 hours – regardless of temperature. Dress in layers. Bring snacks and a drink. Program runs regardless of snow cover. For adults & interested teens. Group size is limited, so sign up quickly.

Will you go out with me? (Van trip)


with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Feb 14, 2020 at 8 am

Members: $20 Nonmembers: $30

Spend Valentine's Day with our staff naturalist and enjoy the lovely birds of Cumberland County! We'll spend the morning traveling to local hotspots or tracking down staked out rarities. 

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"Who Goes There?" An outdoor tracking walk at Fields Pond


with Sandra Mitchell

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 22, 2020 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Members: $8,  Nonmembers: $12

Join Sandra Mitchell for a 2 hour easy walk around the nature center at Field's Pond looking for evidence of winter critters in the landscape.  We will look for signs big and small - ranging from tracks in the snow (hopefully) to evidence of animals feeding.  The walk will be easy - often when there is much to see, we actually don't get very far at all! Sandra Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and a Cybertracker certified Wildlife Tracker. She loves to prowl around outside to see what her wild neighbors have been up to!  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Winter Twig Identification
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Winter Twig Identification


with Arthur Haines

Calendar Next session starts Feb 23, 2020 at 1 pm

Members: $45, Nonmembers $54
Location: Gilsland Farm

Woody plants such as trees, shrubs, and lianas can be identified during dormant time. Winter branchlet identification provides a more holistic understanding of woody plant identification and can give you more confidence in naming plants. You will learn to interpret the special branchlet features of woody plants that assist both in winter identification as well as in growing season surveys.

This workshop is in partnership with Native Plant Trust, and will be led by botanist Arthur Haines.  Members of Maine Audubon and/or Native Plant Trust will receive a 20% discount.

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Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird's World


with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 7 am

Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Are you curious about the lives of the birds around you? Have you ever wondered what they eat, where they rest at night or what they’re saying? This half-day field workshop is not a field identification walk - instead, it's a chance to slow down and connect with birds on a deeper level by building empathy & understanding. Designed for everyone - from novice to expert - Learning Bird Language is a refreshing take on connecting with birds. 

The program is led by international Bird Language expert Dan Gardoqui. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature and has been teaching about birds & nature connection for over 25 years. He is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh
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Bird Walks at Scarborough Marsh


with Noah Gibb

Calendar Next session starts May 13, 2020 at 7 am

Location: Scarborough Marsh

Registration not required.

Join us for this Wednesday morning Bird Walk.  We meet at the Nature Center and check out the birds there and head to local hot spots in Scarborough.  We may hit Pine Point, the Eastern Trail, Pelreco and Dunstan Landing. 


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