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January 2021

Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike

January 28 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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January 28: 4:30 p.m. family hike (all ages), 6:30 p.m. (ages 12+) Join us for a peaceful winter night hike. These special treks will be limited in group size, with safe social distancing and in accordance with COVID-19 guidance from Maine CDC. Please call ahead if you want to reserve snowshoes, as we have a limited supply for rent. Free for members, $8 for non-members.

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February 2021

Bird Identification Made Easy

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Free

Ever wonder how an expert birder can quickly identify a female American Redstart, while you’re still trying to figure out if it’s a warbler? You’ve got plenty of company! Experts automatically look for certain visual clues that are easy to learn and simple to remember. Join Bob Duchesne for an online tutorial on how to identify some of our Maine birds more quickly and accurately. Like all of our chapter programs, it’s FREE - but pre registration is required to…

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Winter Ecology Hike at Fields Pond

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Maine Audubon staff for outdoors learning about winter ecology. Plants and animals have developed unique strategies to survive the rigors of a Maine winter. Be prepared for a moderate amount of physical activity, and dress appropriately for the weather of the day. If conditions allow, bring snowshoes (we have a limited supply for rent if you need a pair; please call ahead to reserve). Group size is strictly limited to 12 participants total, with safe social distancing and in…

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Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

February 27: 5:30 p.m. family hike (all ages), 7 p.m. (ages 12+) Join us for a peaceful winter night hike. These special treks will be limited in group size, with safe social distancing and in accordance with COVID-19 guidance from Maine CDC. Please call ahead if you want to reserve snowshoes, as we have a limited supply for rent. Free for members, $8 for non-members.

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March 2021

RESTORING THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE IN MAINE

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Maine’s iconic American chestnut trees were decimated by an introduced blight during the early 20th century. Today, plant scientists are using modern genomic techniques along with traditional backcross breeding methods to produce healthy seedlings that can both resist the blight, and withstand Maine’s harsh winters. Al Faust, President of the Maine Chapter of the  American Chestnut Foundation, will discuss the current status of the restoration process, and how volunteers can help with the replanting and seed collection effort in eastern…

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Birding Cuba by Ron & Lee Davis and Nancy Larson

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In January 2020, Ron, Lee, and Nancy traveled through much of Cuba with a group of American birders for 13 days.  They found about half of the large tropical island's 350 species.  Among those seen and photographed were 22 of Cuba's 26 endemics—most of which are of concern for survival.  At the same time, the three Mainers experienced a culture and economy different from ours, yet only 95 miles away. Free for members, $7 for non-members. Please register online at…

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April 2021

PULSE POINT: TRACKING CHANGE IN THE BIRDS OF THE ACADIA REGION

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Seth Benz, Director of Bird Ecology at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, will deliver a presentation on the Schoodic Institute’s annual bird migration monitoring projects - SeaWatch, HawkWatch, and SpringWatch.  Seth will also offer a peek into 50 years of Christmas Bird Counts at Schoodic Point, and discuss ongoing population trends among the resident and migratory species that are found there. Zoom webinar; pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dZm3CDHLSn6PR6HwfEZ23g

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Roads, Rain, and a Couple Thousand Amphibians – Call it a Big Night!

April 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Big Nights are fascinating and unique natural events that occur every spring. With spring rain and warming temperatures, frogs and salamanders move to their breeding grounds by the truckload. However, these miniature migrations often put them in harm's way on roads. How we can assist and protect these ancient populations will be the subject of this presentation.  Greg LeClair is a graduate student in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. As the creator of the "Maine Big…

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Maine’s Great Migration

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Each spring, millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn.  Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife.  Join David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events.   We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways. Free for members, $7 for non-members. Please register online at www. https://maineaudubon.org/events/ NOTE:…

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May 2021

PVC ANNUAL MEETING & IBERA LECTURE:  TRACKING WOOD TURTLES WITH  ENVIRONMENTAL DNA

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wood turtles are endangered in Maine, listed as a Priority I Species of Greatest Conservation Need.  However, they are difficult to monitor in the wild using standard visual surveys.  Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new technique that allows scientists to identify species DNA (from feces, blood, saliva, etc.) found in water samples taken from areas with suitable habitat.  This allows for a much more accurate population estimate of difficult-to-detect species.  However, the technique has not been closely studied for…

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