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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk – ON HOLD

with Doug Hitchcox

Next session: April 2nd, 2020

This walk will be on hold for the immediate future. Please feel free to visit the sanctuaries for outdoor walks, every day dawn to dusk. (Please leave pets at home.)


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

Begins at 8 am through March, 7 am April-November

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

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Notice: If you have already signed up for this program a Maine Audubon staff member will be in contact. Our current plan is to postpone this event until fall 2020. 

Please see our policy regarding COVID-19 here:


The concept of One Health recognizes that human, environmental, and animal health are all connected. Mark Pokras, DVM, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, MS, will explore the concept of common loons as a “sentinel species” for evaluating the health of our aquatic environments. This talk will discuss current and future studies, and implications for conservation. This will be an interactive presentation that will encourage active audience discussion.

Mark Pokras is Associate Professor Emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. Brooke Hafford MacDonald is the LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes Society and a Contract Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

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What’s Happening To Our Birds? – POSTPONED

with Sally Stockwell

Next session: April 8th, 2020

Free More Info

This talk has been postponed to 9/9/20.

The numbers are staggering. A recent article in the journal Science documents declines among 64% of all eastern forest bird species—a loss of 167 million birds—and among 50% of all boreal forest species—a loss of 501 million birds— in North America alone. That means nearly one in four of all eastern forest birds and one in three of all boreal forest birds that were coloring the forest with their flashy feathers and cheerful songs in 1970 are no longer with us.

Our state has the largest remaining block of forest in the eastern U.S. and these forests are vital to the breeding success of millions of forest songbirds every year. We are the “baby bird factory” for the entire Atlantic Flyway. Because of that, much of northern and western Maine has been designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area by National Audubon and BirdLife International. We have both an opportunity and aresponsibility to help these declining birds.

Come learn more about how the data were gathered, who’s at risk and why, and what you can do to help stem the declines. All landowners in the region with grasslands or forestlands can help change that by creating or improving habitat for birds in Maine. Your efforts to care for your woods, fields and waters can make a big difference!

For more information and to register contact: Burt Knapp at

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Birding Basics Part 1: Identifying birds (on hold)

with Doug Hitchcox

Next session: April 9th, 2020

$12 More Info

Location:  Fields Pond, Holden

Members: $8. Nonmembers: $12

This the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the 'pros' to learn something new!  This two-part series will cover different topics that are essential to birding. 

Identifying birds: There are 10,000 species of birds in the world—with 455 spotted in Maine—but which is the one you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail, we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

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***This program has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.  We hope to reschedule.***

Wabanaki people of Maine and Maritime Province hold spiritual, economical, and cultural connections with black ash.  Known to the Wabanaki as the basket tree, Black Ash can be pounded and split along its growth rings to produce exceptionally strong and pliable strips to weave.   Wabanaki harvesters report increasing difficulty in accessing basket quality wood and with the detection of Emerald Ash Borer in Maine, Wabanaki people are concerned for the future of Black Ash.    This presentation will describe Wabanaki people’s relationship to Black Ash and the collaborative research approach to respond to Emerald Ash Borer in Maine.

Suzanne Greenlaw is a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and a doctoral student at the University of Maine in the School of Forest Resources.  Suzanne’s academic research weaves Wabanaki traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western scientific knowledge to address Wabanaki access restriction to cultural significant plants such as basket quality brown ash trees and sweet grass.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Beth Pauls at 207.781.2330 x273 or email  Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodation is requested. 

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Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird’s World

with Dan Gardoqui

Next session: April 11th, 2020

$70 More Info

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.

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Growing Up WILD

with Linda Woodard

Next session: April 11th, 2020

$25 More Info

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth (moving online)
Members $23, Nonmembers $25

This in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators.

 Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

  • Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:
  • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
  • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units.
  • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music, health and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections.
  • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
  • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
  • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains


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Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop

Next session: April 11th, 2020

$27 More Info

Location:  Fields Pond, Holden
Members: $22,  Nonmembers:  $27

Get crafty in our cozy program room and build something that will help improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood. This hands-on, family-friendly workshop will teach you where and how to place bluebird nest boxes in ideal habitats to attract inhabitants. Build the pre-cut kit together and take your box home in the end. No experience necessary. Children free with paying adult.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Preregistration is required and will close on April 1st (so we can order all our materials).

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Stream Smart Phase I Training – CANCELLED

with Sarah Haggerty

Next session: April 16th, 2020

$35 More Info

Notice: If you have already signed up for this program a Maine Audubon staff member will be in contact. Our current plan is to postpone this event until fall 2020. 

Please see our policy regarding COVID-19 here:

Applying the Stream Smart principles to your road crossings can help connect and maintain fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.  Stream Smart crossings can also help towns prepare for the large and frequent storm events that have been washing out roads around the state and the northeast.

This workshop is made possible by support from a number of partners.  Please see our Stream Smart Partners & Supporters page for information on our partners.

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