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Nature Tuesday (Winter)

with Davida Sky

Next session: January 28th, 2020

Free More Info

Next meeting: January 28
Location: Highland Lake, Falmouth, 1:30-3

We will look at animal signs, and winter versions of shrubs, trees, and plants. There is an active beaver lodge on the lake and there are often good animal tracks. We will walk on a snowmobile trail so you can do this walk with snow or ice grippers on your boots. Please bring: binoculars, traction for snow or ice, and snowshoes if you want to bush whack. Dress warmly, as there is often wind on the lake. See you then! Davida (776-1876) and Kiya.

Directions to the public boat launch: Access is via Mast Road. Look for the blue boat launch sign on Mast Road for a left turn onto Lowell Farm Rd. That road branches to the left, leading to the launch parking lot. 

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Birding Basics: Finding Birds

with Doug Hitchcox

Next session: January 28th, 2020

$15 More Info

Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15

Back by popular demand, we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and for even the 'pros' to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you!

You've got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

Other sessions:

February 11 - Birding Basics: Behavior

February 25 - Birding Basics: Making it Count (eBird intro)

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Moose, Winter Ticks, and Climate (Fields Pond)

with Lee Cantor

Next session: January 29th, 2020

Location: Fields Pond, Holden
Members: Free, Nonmembers: $8

Maine has the most progressive and scientific moose management program in the United States. Join Lee Cantor, Maine’s Moose Biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, as he explains what the research is telling us about the survival and future of this iconic Maine species.

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Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk

with Doug Hitchcox

Next session: January 30th, 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, January 23)

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Groundhog Eve at Fields Pond

with Lynn Havsall

Next session: February 1st, 2020

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Members: $5 (kids $3),  Nonmembers: $8 (kids $6)

It's almost Groundhog Day! Celebrate with yummy holiday treats and discover fascinating facts about woodchucks, the only rodent with its very own holiday!  Unravel Groundhog Day lore and learn how differently this holiday was celebrated in the old days.  Test your knowledge with a Groundhog trivia game!  This is a family friendly event.

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It Takes A Village: Journey to the Rooftop of Africa, a Kilimanjaro Trek

with Holden Land Trust

Next session: February 5th, 2020

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Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Tickets: Donations Requested

Mainers Betty Jamison, Kris Reid and John Bryant recently travelled to Tanzania to hike/climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Experience the 5 habitat zones on the way up the mountain, the logistics of getting there, and the beauty of the struggle to 19,400 feet.

Program cost is by donation.  Note: This presentation is a fundraiser for Fields Pond and Holden Land Trust hiking trails.  Thanks for your generous support!

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Loon Winter Ecology Presentation

with James Paruk

Next session: February 6th, 2020

Location: Gilsland Farm
Members $5, Nonmembers $7 

(Cash only at the door; exact change appreciated)

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed due to bad weather; stay tuned for a new date! 

Have you ever wondered where Common Loons go in the winter, what they eat or how they spend their time?

Dr. James Paruk, Associate Professor of Biology at St. Joseph’s College, has been studying the winter ecology of Common Loons for the past 10 years and has made some interesting findings.

Dr. Paruk will give a talk on his research on Thursday, January 16 at 7 pm at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center.


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Project WILD

with Linda Woodard

Next session: February 8th, 2020

$30 More Info

Location: Husson University, Bangor
Member: $25, Nonmember: $30

Project WILD's hands-on approach to learning engages students in investigating the world around them, connecting them to conservation careers, and participating in solid STEM activities. 

The NEW REVISED AND UPDATED  Curriculum and Activity Guide can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory.

Educators may choose one or more Project WILD activities to teach a concept or skill. The activities may be integrated into existing courses of study, or an entire set of activities may serve effectively as the basis for a specific course.

WILD workshops are designed so teachers become familiar with the activities and their multidisciplinary use in the classroom.


The activities found in Project WILD curriculum guide are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings.

Click here to find our more about Project WILD.

If you would like to pay a different way than by credit card call, please call Beth at 207-781-2330 ext 273

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Winter Fun Day at Fields Pond

Next session: February 8th, 2020

Free More Info

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

FREE Event

A day to celebrate all things winter!  Both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. A complete schedule will be available closer to the event date.  Details coming soon! Free for all!