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35th Maine Loon Count
On the morning of the third Saturday of July each year, over 1,000 volunteers venture onto lakes and ponds across the state to count loons. The observations recorded by our citizen scientist volunteers provide an excellent snapshot of Maine’s loon population.
The 2018 Loon Count will take place on Saturday, July 21. To sign up, contact Susan Gallo at 207.781.6180 x216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send her your name, address, and the lake or general area where you would like to count. We will be in touch in the spring with details.
AARP Canoe Tour
with Linda Woodard
Join us for a canoe tour especially for AARP members. We will meet at the nature center and canoe together on the Dunstan River looking at the migrating birds and the other wildife of the marsh.
Must be AARP members to register for this event. To join AARP go to: https://states.aarp.org/region/maine/
Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)
Registration opening soon!
This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain.
Meals will be provided. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.
Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at monsonarts.org.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray
The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.
Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. http://www.alanbray.com/
“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley
“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?
We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.
Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry. http://www.kimberlyridley.org
Enhancing Fish Habitat
Free Workshop for landowners and foresters
Classroom Session: 10:00AM - noon
Field Session: 12:30PM - 2:30PM
Please bring your own bag lunch
Location: Milo Town Hall
6 Pleasant St.
Milo, ME 04463
Topics To Be Covered Include:
- Importance of stream connectivity and fish habitat
- Installation of environmentally friendly road/stream crossings
- NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Information on program to providetechnical and financial assistance available
Continuing education credits are availablefor licensed foresters
Space is limited for this FREE WORKSHOP
Register by calling Maine Audubon at (207) 781-2330 x219 or emailing email@example.com
Intro to Native Plants for Your Landscape
with Eric Topper
Come learn the basics of how to get started using native species of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees in your garden or yard. Eric Topper, who helps lead Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative will introduce some of the plants, practices, and perks of restoring ecology in developed landscapes.
This program is designed specifically as a primer for Maine Audubon's Native Plants Sale & Festival on Saturday, June 16th.
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 5/25: 6-9pm
Saturday 5/26:7 am-8:30 pm
Sunday 5/27: 7 am-5 pm
The L.L.Bean Birding Festival partners with Maine Audubon to present opportunities for all birders in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. We offer boat trips to explore the birds of Casco Bay, guided walks, live bird presentations, kid’s activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a variety of workshops. We’ll also explore the world of bats with Wildlife Acoustics and feature a live broadcast of Ray’s Talkin’ Birds. Our keynote speaker is renowned ornithologist David Sibley. Maine Audubon will be leading several outings throughout the weekend.
Please check brochure for location of each event.
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 7:30-9 p.m. | Bat & Owl Prowl
Mast Landing Sanctuary
Come for a special evening event with Maine Audubon staff naturalist DougHitchcox and bat expert Danielle Gustafson. We’ll look and listen for bats,ovenbirds, barred owls and hermit thrush, and use Wildlife Acoustics’ batdetector to find bats that might not otherwise be identified.
SATURDAY, MAY 26 or SUNDAY, MAY 27 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip, $75
Join Captain Peter Milholland from Seacoast Tours of Freeport and a guidefrom Maine Audubon for a scenic birding tour off the shores of several smallislands in Casco Bay. Peter, a marine educator for over 25 years, will take usto hidden coves and bays where we’ll search for seabirds. Space is limited—advance registration is required.
Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
with Doug Hitchcox
Location: Gilsland Farm
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: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783
Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237
What Have Loons Told Us? 35 Years of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count
Location: Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, Mt. Desert
Thirty-five years ago, Mainers worried that loons on their lakes and ponds were disappearing. The Maine Audubon Annual Loon Count was born out of that concern, and today, 35 years later, and with the help of thousands of “citizen science” volunteers, we know that loons are definitely not disappearing. In fact, in many ways they are doing better than ever. This multi-media presentation covers the natural history of the Common Loon– from where they go in winter to where they build their nests and what they feed their young – as well as the many lessons learned over 35 years of loon counting with thousands of volunteers. While we’ve answered many loon conservation questions, many more remain. Learn about the history of this innovative project, and the things you can do to help make Maine an even better place for loons to thrive in the future.