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February 2021

Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike

February 27, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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June 2021

SEAL ISLAND PUFFIN CRUISE

June 20, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge offers ideal habitat for a large colony of Atlantic puffins.  Razorbills, black guillemots, common and Arctic terns, and common eiders also nest here, and it’s the southernmost breeding colony for the great cormorant. Northern gannets and common murres are occasionally seen diving for fish in the rich waters that surround the island.  Periodically, a hungry merlin or peregrine falcon will make a pass in search of a seabird meal.  We also expect to have good…

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Fields Pond Group Paddle

June 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, Donations gladly accepted.

Group paddle program along Fields Pond in Orrington - 9 am on Saturday June 26th (Rain date June 27th). Starting at the boat landing, the paddle will take a leisurely route around Fields Pond.  Pre-registration is required at 207-989-2591. Free, donations gladly accepted.

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August 2021

CRUISING THE CARIBOU BOG CONSERVATION AREA

August 28, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Please join us for a leisurely bird walk through portions of this extensive Orono Land Trust property, looking for ducks, shorebirds, and late summer migrants.  CBCA can often be a good spot for mammal sightings as well, including North American river otters that swim in the ponds and cavort along the banks. 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…

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