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Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)

Free

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 25, 2020 at 7 pm

FREE

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

To cap off our Birding Basics series, we are offering a free class to teach the basics of using eBird.org, a database for observations by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Through citizen science, many questions are being answered about even our most common birds, and participating in these projects is an easy way that you can 'give back' to the birds. We will also cover basics of contributing to the Maine Bird Atlas (maine.gov/birdatlas), so anyone interested in that project should attend as well!

"Big Night" Open House

$5
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2020 at 3 pm

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Spring is Coming!!

Come to our Open House to learn more about one of our favorite springtime events - BIG NIGHT!

Big Nights happen in early spring when it's rainy and the temperature rises to around 40-degrees. That's when all the salamanders and other amphibians begin their journey from their winter habitat to their breeding grounds - vernal pools. Unfortunately, that journey often crosses roads so volunteers gather at known crossing spots to help these amphibians make their journey safely. 

At our event we'll have:

Presentations by Maine Audubon Conservation Biologist Sarah Haggerty at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm

Ongoing slideshow, games, books, and activities about vernal pools, amphibians, and turtles.

Join us to learn more about this important phenomenon.  We'll have learning opportunities for all ages!

Turtle Roadkill Survey Training - Houlton

Free
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Location: Houlton High School, Houlton, ME

Roadkill is one of the biggest threats to turtle populations in Maine, so Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to help identify where they are most at risk from traffic as they move across the landscape.  

Your help is essential to the success of this project. We will be holding two training sessions for anyone interested in volunteering. Please register here for the training on March 11th in Houlton.

Free to the public. Registration required. 

Wild Crafted Basketry

$115

with Rebecca May Verrill

Calendar Next session starts Mar 15, 2020 at 9 am

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $95, Nonmembers $115 (Includes materials)

In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers.  In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas on the property and cut our own Red Osier Dogwood for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to the Visitor’s Center.

Instructor will provide the majority of pre-harvested materials, however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials, having an understanding of how and what to look for and harvest. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!

Students will be guided through an introduction to make a large flat-bottomed basket. Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward, if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.

Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as well as many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their glove box or backpack.

What to bring: We will be spending the first hour or so of class outside, harvesting materials, so please dress accordingly! Bring small, hand-held prune or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots. Feel free to bring other shoes to change into during class. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only other requirements.

Please bring your lunch and snacks. A refridgerator and microwave will be available.

About the Instructor: Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world.  She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com.

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Using Trail Cameras to Study Wildlife Behavior

$10

with Janet Pesaturo

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2020 at 7 pm

Join conservation biologist and author, Janet Pesaturo, for a presentation on “camera trapping.” Janet is a  certified tracker who travels around the country tracking and camera trapping everything from mouse to moose. In 2018, her first book was published: Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife.  This one-hour talk followed by book sale and signing, will introduce trail cameras – how they work and how to set them up – and then discuss smart camera placement so that you too can capture photos and videos that reveal the secret habits of animals. Signed books will be available for sale.

Project WET

$35
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 20, 2020 at 8:45 am

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities. 

The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.

The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.

In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:

What do educators say?

The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...

 

Turtle Roadkill Survey Training - Bath

Free
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 28, 2020 at 8:30 am

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, ME

Roadkill is one of the biggest threats to turtle populations in Maine, so Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to help identify where they are most at risk from traffic as they move across the landscape.  

Your help is essential to the success of this project. We will be holding two training sessions for anyone interested in volunteering. Please register here for the training on March 28th in Bath.

Free to the public. Registration required. 

Native Plants Symposium

$75
Calendar Next available session starts Apr 10, 2020 at 9 am

This full-day conference brings together the horticulture and conservation sectors to explore and promote the role of landscaper and nursery professionals in restoring ecological and other benefits, especially within Maine's developed landscapes.

This event is part of Maine Audubon's "Bringing Nature Home" initiative, based on the best-selling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.  





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