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September 2021

CARIBOU BOG CONSERVATION AREA, Orono

September 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

The restored wetlands in Boulder Pond and Black Pond (formerly known as the Taylor Bait Ponds) are now being actively managed to attract shorebirds and waterfowl.  Late summer to early fall is the best time to come for shorebirds, as this is the height of their migration through our region. CBCA can often be a good spot for mammal sightings as well.  Leader:  Gordon Russell Directions:  From Forest Avenue in Orono, follow Taylor Road (aka the “Dump Road”) 0.3 miles…

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Foraging: Finding Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

September 18 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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There is an abundance of wild plants, mushrooms and other natural treasures in Maine that can be foraged for food, medicinal use and other purposes. We will learn about what you can find, how to differentiate the safe from the toxic, and different ways to use what you forage.  Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.  Space is limited, pre-registration required online at maineaudubon.org/events. $20 Members / $30 Non-members.

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ESSEX WOODS, Bangor

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

In late summer and early fall, it’s not unusual to spot transient great egrets and migrating shorebirds at Essex Woods.  We also will look for multiple species of ducks, green and great blue herons, pied-billed grebes, and hopefully a few late-migrating songbirds. Leader:  Bob Milardo Directions:  Meet at the entrance to Essex Woods on Garden Way, off Drew Lane in Bangor.  Please show consideration for neighborhood residents by parking in the adjacent business parking lot (largely unoccupied on weekends) at…

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October 2021

A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO HELPING THE BIRDS OF MAINE:  LESSONS FROM AVIAN HAVEN

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Free

Laura Suomi-Lecker, Education & Outreach Director and long-time volunteer with Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom, will discuss common reasons why sick and injured birds are admitted to Avian Haven.  She will offer suggestions for ways that concerned citizens can help to protect the birds in their community.  In addition, Laura will discuss the available facilities and noteworthy recent cases at Avian Haven.  This year’s summer admissions include orphaned and injured eagles, owls, hawks, loons, bitterns, herons, ducks,…

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Contemplative Hiking

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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A contemplative hike is an invitation to slow down and spend time in the outdoors enjoying the natural world; it’s a way to be present with yourself and your surroundings.  This kind of hike is not about going higher, farther, or faster than the last time, but about being fully present with whatever lessons nature offers us moment to moment.  Guided explorations and insightful inspirations will help facilitate our journey.  Group size will be limited, and participants are asked to…

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Mushrooms of Maine

October 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Join local favorite David Spahr as he takes you on a journey through the world of fungi. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors learning about mushroom identification, folklore, collecting, and cooking. David’s book will be available for purchase. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity while outdoors.  Leader: David Spahr, author of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.  Space is limited, pre-registration required online at maineaudubon.org/events.  Cost: $20 Members / $30 Non-members

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CARIBOU BOG CONSERVATION AREA, Orono

October 3 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Same location as our walk on September 5th, but with a whole new cast of characters. We will look for shorebirds, ducks, and warblers in migration, and scan for migrating hawks overhead. What a difference a month can make at CBCA! Leader:  Jim Zeman Directions:  From Forest Avenue in Orono, follow Taylor Road (aka the “Dump Road”) 0.3 miles to a slight left onto Putnam Road.  We will meet in the trailhead parking area in front of the gate.

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Fall Foliage 5K Trail Run

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Join us for our annual trail running event. This challenging course will take you up through our beautiful, wooded trails, onto the adjoining Holden Land Trust trail system and down scenic roads for the perfect foliage tour!  $25 registration (member), $30 registration (non-member), includes commemorative race t-shirt.

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Annual Fall Stewardship Day

October 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Join the Fields Pond staff for a morning of stewardship activities focused on improving our trails and public spaces. Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear.  Snacks provided!

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November 2021

BEST OF BOB: TEN YEARS OF WORK AS THE BDN BIRD GUY

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Free

Ten years ago, Bob Duchesne began writing a weekly birding column for the Bangor Daily News. Many of his columns were based on his unusual and far-flung adventures in the Maine outdoors, pursuing his passionate interest in birds. All were captured in photos, many in videos.  Join us for a magical evening of story-telling and pictures, as Bob shares what he considers to be his best work over ten years of extreme birding in Maine.

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