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October 2020

Fall Nature Walk, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland

October 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Penobscot Valley Chapter President Gordon Russell on this lovely fall hike in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, where we will look for late migrating birds, other wildlife, and enjoy late season foliage. This easy to moderate hike is 4.5 miles out and back, starting at the North Gate entrance on Bald Mountain Road in Orland. We will be on gravel roads, except for the final 0.2 miles, where a trail leads down to Hothole Brook and the pond. A…

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Backyard Spiders of Maine with Dana Wilde

October 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

(Online via Zoom; registrants will be sent online access information.) Join us for fascinating facts about spider families found in Maine and the Northeast. Presenter: Dana Wilde, author of Backyard Book of Spiders and the “Backyard Naturalist” column for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Free for members; $7 for nonmembers

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November 2020

Fall Native Seed Sowing Workshop at Fields Pond

November 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Live and/or Zoom, TBD near time of presentation) Grow your own native plants from seeds! Propagating your own plants is the cheapest and most sustainable way to restore habitat for birds and other wildlife at home. This hands-on workshop (yes, your hands will get dirty) will introduce participants to the plants, practices, and perks of sowing native plants in small outdoor pots over the winter. In the live presentation, each participant will go home with several pots sown with native…

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December 2020

Night Tree Story Walk

December 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Free

Date(s) of your choice, December 1-31; no pre-registration necessary, but please observe all current COVID-19 safety measures as recommended by Maine CDC. You're warmly invited to bring a wildlife-friendly ornament to hang on our very own Night Tree at Fields Pond. Enjoy the classic children's book, Night Tree, by Eve Bunting on a book walk along the trail behind the Nature Center. Here are a few simple bird-feeder ornament suggestions, which you can also place on your own backyard Night…

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January 2021

Winter Survival for Maine Wildlife (Winter Ecology)

January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Did you ever wonder what happens to Maine’s wildlife in winter? Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will explain the mystery of wildlife winter survival mechanisms and share some compelling stories. Online program via Zoom. Pre-registration required to get Zoom link. Free for members, $8 for non-members.

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Winter Ecology Hike at Fields Pond

January 16, 2021 @ 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

January 28, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 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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