November/December 2010 Volume 27, Number 2H A B I TAT News, events, and activities from Maine AudubonKeeping Maine’s Forests By Christian MilNeilM aine’s northern forest is an expanse of more than 10 million acres stretching fromthe suburbs of Bangor all the wayto the Canadian border—the largest recreationists, and sporting groups. While the north woods have hosted a number of heated debates in recent years, the Keeping Maine’s Forests initiative aims to bring people together pivotal role in the future of Maine’s forests. With ﬁnancial support for protecting public values such as public access, wildlife habitat, and recreation, we hope more landowners will chooseundeveloped block of forestland with open dialogue, constructive to keep forests as forests, rather thaneast of the Mississippi River. For engagement, and the shared belief sell them off for development.”many environmentalists, the forest’s that Maine’s forests are central to the The collaborative model isdiversity, intact ecosystems, and vast future of our communities and of the attracting attention from the rest ofsize make it a nationally-signiﬁcant state as a whole. the country. Last year, Secretary ofconservation opportunity. The coalition’s proposal, just Agriculture Tom Vilsack requested In recent years, though, the future released this fall, includes an array that Maine propose a pilot project thatof the forest has come under question of conservation strategies, including could serve as a model for other large,as hundreds of thousands of acres buying high-value ecological and privately-owned forests. The Keepinghave been traded on the real estate recreational sites outright from willing Maine’s Forests group is now workingmarket. These historic changes in sellers, purchasing conservation on making that proposal a reality.land ownership have been cause for easements on privately-owned lands In the meantime, Maine Audubonconcern to many, from hunters, to mill to limit development, and providing and its partners in the initiative areowners, to conservationists. monetary incentives to encourage reaching out to earn the good will Now these diverse interests are good stewardship and sustainable and support of individuals, groups,coming together to recognize that, in forestry on other privately-owned communities, and businesses acrossspite of different backgrounds, we all lands. the state. Working together, we canshare a common interest in preserving Dr. Sally Stockwell, Maine secure public access, wildlife habitat,the outdoor experiences and natural Audubon’s Director of Conservation, and timber resources in our northernresources that deliver a tremendous is serving on a subcommittee working forests, to the beneﬁt of Maine’sﬁnancial beneﬁt to Maine’s people. to implement the proposal. “Private people and Maine’s economy. For the past year, Maine Audubon landowners will continue to play aExecutive Director Ted Koffmanhas served as a founding member of LEARN MORE!the Keeping Maine’s Forests steeringcommittee, a partnership working to Learn more about the Keepingkeep Maine’s forest land base as forest Maine’s Forests initiative, and—both for its high environmentalvalue and for its importance to download its proposals forMaine’s wood products industries and conservation and maintaining Maine’srural economies. forest-based economy, The coalition includes state at www.keepingmaineforests.orgagencies, conservationists, largeforest landowners, mill owners,
MAINE AUDUBONMaine Audubon works to protect Maine’s wildlife andwildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education,conservation, and action. T HANKSHabitat, in print and onlineChristian MilNeil, EditorLaura Duffy, Layout EditorE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgStaff Directors EDUCATIONTed Koffman, Executive DirectorSue Cilley, Business Administration DirectorRobert Savage, Property Management DirectorSally Stockwell, Conservation Director 900 elementary schoolKara Wooldrik, Education Director students at ReicheOfficers, Maine Audubon Board of Trustees Community School,Alexander K. (Sandy) Buck, Jr., President East End CommunityCharles (Kip) Moore, Vice PresidentJeff Skaggs, Treasurer School, and West SchoolFrancesca Galluccio-Steele, Secretary in Portland participatedFull list of trustees and staff at www.maineaudubon.org. in Maine Audubon’sMaine Audubon Headquarters School Collaboration20 Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105 curriculum, which includesPhone: (207) 781-2330 comprehensive, hands-onVisitor Centers and Wildlife Sanctuaries environmental educationUnless a separate number is listed, call (207) 781-2330 forinformation, or visit www.maineaudubon.org for descriptions lessons in the classroom andand directions. outside at Maine AudubonYear-round Programs: nature centers.Falmouth: Gilsland Farm Audubon CenterHolden: Fields Pond Audubon Center, (207) 989-2591Summer-Fall Programs (in-season phone numbers): Hundreds of children inElliotsville: Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, the Bangor and Portland (207) 631-4050 regions participated inFreeport: Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary Maine Audubon preschools,Rockland: Project Puffin Visitor Center, (207) 596-5566Scarborough: Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, afterschool programs, and (207) 883-5100 summer and school vacationLocal Maine Audubon Chapters camps.www.maineaudubon.org/chaptersDowneast: (207) 664-4400; email@example.comFundy: (207) 255-8970; firstname.lastname@example.org A new Habitat Discovery Room opened at our FieldsMerrymeeting: (207) 729-8661; email@example.com Pond Audubon Center, which will help us reach moreMidcoast: (207) 641-1077; firstname.lastname@example.orgPenobscot Valley: (207) 989-259; email@example.com children and families in the Bangor area.Western Maine: (207) 778-6285; firstname.lastname@example.orgYork County: (207) 799-1408; email@example.com Maine Audubon Maine Audubon is an independently funded educators and operated affiliate of National Audubon continued to lead Society, Inc. in the developmentHabitat, the journal of Maine Audubon, ISSN 0739-2052, of Maine’sis published bimonthly. Environmental Literacy Plan,To receive Habitat, join Maine Audubon! which will integrateSupport conservation, and receive membership environmentaldiscounts and timely insider information about education into K-12Maine’s wildlife and nature-based activities schools and position the state for federal funding.at maineaudubon.org/give or call (207) 781-2330,ext. 230. Between our four staffed nature centers, Maine Audubon offered hundreds of evening and weekend programs for families and adults, including sold-out hits like our annual Eyes on Owls program, whichwww.facebook.com/maineaudubon drew over 375 people of all ages.2 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
YEAR IN REVIEWTO Y OUR S UPPORT ! CONSERVATION ADVOCACY Maine Audubon served as a founding member of a collaborative initiative to develop a new, broadly shared vision for conservation in Maine’s North Woods (see cover story). Photo by Kerry Woodbury Maine Audubon brought habitat conservation Maine Audubon members and and transportation planning tools to new regions, volunteers sent hundreds of phone with partnerships in the Gorham-Portland area calls, postcards, and e-mails to and the Mahoosucs in Western Maine. Maine’s Senators to advocate for national legislation to address climate change and grow our renewable energy industries. Maine Audubon was a lead advocate for climate change action in Maine, serving on the Photo by Mahalie Stackpole State Adaptation Task Force, pressing for bold With our new Wildlife Road Watch website, Maine legislation, and making Audubon launched an innovative citizen science community presentations program to engage the public in identifying and around the state. conserving critical wildlife crossings on Maine roads. Audited ﬁnancial statements are available at Maine Audubon headquarters, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 3
Winter Activities & Trips Eagle owl, photo by Mark Wilson Unless otherwise noted, Program and trip prices listed as Maine Audubon members/nonmembers. Maine Audubon staff naturalist, * Advance registration necessary. Call (207) 781-2330 Eric Hynes leads our wildlife trips as well as public programs At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center offers trails and diverse habitats on a 65-acre wildlife sanctuary, plus a year-round education center and Maine Audubon Nature Store. (207) 781-2330 Adopt a Northern Saw-whet Owl Naturalists’ Forum: with shamanic practitioners Evelyn C. Maine’s Rivers and Relics Rysdyk and C. Allie Knowlton of Spirit Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers will Passages. They will be joined by local be here to host a screening of the naturalist and storyteller Margi Huber. ﬁlm Maine’s Rivers and Relics, which This is a perfect opportunity to rekindle documents communities’ efforts to your connection to nature. remove outdated dams and restore New Sunday, December 19 England’s rivers and their ﬁsheries. The 7-8:30 p.m. ﬁlm will be followed by a discussion. $5/$8 adults, $3/$4 children Photo by Gary Maszaros Wednesday, November 17 The perfect holiday gift! See page 8 for details. 7 p.m. LIVE OWLS Free At Gilsland Farm! November * Late Fall Yoga: For the Dark Days December Gentle yoga bringing inner light guided Weekly Birdwalks by Danika Kuhl, Kripalu-certiﬁed See previous description. Please note teacher. Suitable for all levels. the time change for winter. Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23 and December 6, 13, and 20. 8 a.m. 5:30-7 p.m. $5/$8 $80/$96 for the series, or $15/class. Naturalists’ Forum: Weekly Birdwalks A Big Year in Maine Join Eric Hynes Thursday mornings Luke Seitz, young birder extraordinaire, for a guided birdwalk at Gilsland Farm. has been scouring this great state all Bring your binoculars and ﬁeld guide; year with camera in hand searching for Marcia Wilson with spectacled owls, beginners are welcome. as many bird species as possible. Come photo by Mark Wilson Thursdays, November 4, 11, and 18 see his fabulous images and hear stories * Eyes on Owls 7 a.m. from his adventures on a feather quest. Join naturalist Marcia Wilson, $5/$8 Arrive early and bring a treat to share. photographer Mark Wilson, Wednesday, December 8 and seven live owls for an event Members’ Double Discount Days 6:30 p.m. dessert; 7 p.m. forum devoted to these wonderful birds. See page 7 for details. Free The program includes a slideshow Friday, November 5, 1-5 p.m., and introduction to owls of New Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. * Winter Solstice Yoga England, a hooting lesson, tips on Celebrate the returning light with ﬁnding owls without disturbing * Workshop: Danika Kuhl, Kripalu-certiﬁed teacher. them, and an opportunity to see Backyard Bird Feeding Tips For all levels of continuing students. live owls. The ﬁrst two sessions are Let staff naturalist Eric Hynes guide you We will end by sharing a potluck and tailored for young children (ages 2 through the myriad of feeders, fountains, social hour. and up) and their families. and seed, demonstrate how to turn your Sunday, December 19 Saturday, December 11 property into habitat, and even help 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 9:30-10:15 a.m., identify that little brown bird that shows $20/$25 11-11:45 a.m., up at your feeder every fall. Warning: 1:30-2:45 p.m., your interest may become a passion. * Winter Solstice Celebration or 4-5:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 10 December 21 marks the return of $10/$15 adults, $5/$10 children 7-9 p.m. lengthening daylight hours, an event $15/$25 people have observed since prehistoric Program provided in part by the Joanne Van time. Celebrate the return of the sun Sambeek Memorial Fund.4 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
Read detailed descriptions of activities at www.maineaudubon.org. You’ll find important information about our program and trip leaders, wildlife species you may see, supplies you may need, weather-related options, and more. Program and trip prices listed as Maine Audubon members/nonmembers. * Advance registration necessary. Call (207) 989-2591 At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden Fields Pond Audubon Center offers miles of trails through diverse habitats in a 192-acre sanctuary, plus a year-round education center and Maine Audubon Nature Store. (207) 989-2591 November forests in absorbing carbon from the Where Cool Waters Flow: Reading Pine Needle and Raven warming atmosphere. and Book Signing Kris Sader will give an inspiring Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. Meet local talent Randy Spencer, presentation on her nature-based $5/$6 whose writing explores places where artwork, constructed from natural people go to decompress, connect with materials found on site. Meet the artist * Survival in the Forest nature, and escape the pressures of who’s bringing new work to Fields Tom Copeland of Copeland Hill will modern society. Books will be available Pond this fall (see page 7). lead a walk and demonstrate techniques for purchase. Wednesday, November 3, 7 p.m. of survival in the Maine woods. He Wednesday, December 8, 7 p.m. Free will teach what is edible, how to make a $5/$6 shelter, build a ﬁre, and more!* Yoga, Naturally Sunday, November 28, 2 p.m. PRESCHOOL Revitalize your body and mind with $5/$6 DISCOVERY PROGRAMS Holly Twining, Maine Audubon naturalist and yoga instructor. December Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members’ Double Discount Day $18/$20 and Holiday Party See page 7 for details.* Winter Tree Identiﬁcation Friday, December 3, 1-6 p.m. Join forestry professor Bill Livingston (shopping), 6 p.m. holiday party for a workshop in winter tree identiﬁcation. Enjoy a walk and talk * Herbal Wisdom for Wintertime session devoted to Fields Pond trees, Blues then come inside to warm up and Come and enjoy an afternoon of learn more. tea and herbal wisdom from Jessi Saturday, November 13, 9-11 a.m. Sader, master herbalist. We will At Gilsland Farm in Falmouth $10/$13 blend medicinal teas for common respiratory problems using antiviral and * Family Fun Carbon Cycling in Maine and antibacterial herbs, as well as a tasty Ages 2 through 6 with parent or guardian Beyond cough syrup to take home. Tuesdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, 9-10 a.m. Research Professor Bryan Dail will Sunday, December 5, 1-3:30 p.m. present new research on Maine’s $25/$32 Wednesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15 forests that illuminates the role of 9:45-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon $70/$105 November Trips, from Falmouth—Call (207) 781-2330 * Curious Cubs Ages 3 through 5; drop-off program * Searching for Ansers * Nature in Your Neighborhood Tuesdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, 10:15-noon Anseriformes is the order of birds Mackworth Island, accessible via $105/$158 that includes ducks, geese, and swans. a bridge from the mainland near November is a good time to see Gilsland Farm, allows for a unique * Good Night Nature many of them as migrants from the perspective of Casco Bay and an Ages 2 through 6 with parent or guardian north gather on unfrozen waters on impressive diversity of wintering various rivers, lakes, marshes, and waterfowl. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. shorelines around southern Maine. Tuesday, November 30, 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. From Falmouth $10/$15 Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13 (weather date $10/$15 Sunday, November 14), 7 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit $55/$70 www.maineaudubon.org. Brant, photo by U.S.F.W.S To register call (207) 781-2330. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 5
Conservation Updates Piping plover, photo by Jim Fenton Land for Maine’s Future Bond Campaign Thanks, Jody On November 2, Maine voters will have a chance to vote yes on Question 3 and direct $7.5 million into the Land This fall, Maine for Maine’s Future (LMF) program. This award-winning Audubon wildlife program has protected more than 500,000 acres of wildlife ecologist Jody habitat, farmland, and unique natural places throughout Jones concluded a the state over the last two decades, and with this bond distinguished 23-year funding, it can continue to protect even more of Maine’s career with Maine valuable landscapes. Audubon. Jody is a tireless defender of Every dollar of this bond would leverage three additional Maine’s wildlife, Jody Jones dollars of federal and private funds for land conservation. and particularly for Without the Land for Maine’s Future program, there endangered species. She has also been a strikingly effective will be little state funding available to protect threatened advocate in Maine Audubon’s successful efforts to resources. In these challenging economic times, we cannot protect rare and valuable habitats throughout the state, abandon a proven program that enhances our rural from Penjajawoc Marsh in Bangor, to the Moosehead economy and provides Mainers their second paycheck— Lake region, to the sand dunes, beaches, and estuaries of access to our treasured places. Maine Audubon encourages Maine’s southern coast. you to vote on November 2, and vote yes on Question 3. But Jody is probably best known for her leadership in Christmas Bird Count Maine Audubon’s least tern and piping plover recovery Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count, a census of project. Under her watch, Maine’s endangered piping early winter bird populations, has been collecting valuable plovers have ﬂedged an astonishing 1,421 chicks over scientiﬁc data about North American birds for over a the course of two decades. She also mentored dozens of century. This year’s count, from December 14, 2010 to seasonal biologists who have worked on the project, and January 5, 2011, will survey birds from over 1,500 locations many of them have gone on to become excellent biologists stretching from Canada to Latin America. in their own right. “Her ability to bring out the best in her teammates is outstanding,” said Maine Audubon Director In Maine, hundreds of casual and experienced birders of Conservation Sally Stockwell. will count every bird they see during the course of a single day. For many counters, the Christmas Bird Count At a recent farewell party, a “who’s who” of Maine has become a holiday tradition for the entire family, but conservationists—including people from state and federal it’s also an important tool for scientists to assess how agencies, representatives of the Governor’s ofﬁce, and bird populations are changing over time. longtime friends of Maine Audubon—came to Gilsland Farm to celebrate Jody’s career. Speaker after speaker No matter where you are in Maine, there’s a Christmas thanked Jody for her passion for defending wildlife, Bird Count event near you. Visit www.maineaudubon.org for helping and “watching” our wildlife agencies, for to learn more or sign up. using creative approaches to solving problems, and for persevering when times got difﬁcult. Eco-Lotto Looking for a fun stocking stuffer for the wildlife lovers Jody leaves big shoes to ﬁll, but Maine Audubon will strive in your family? Consider the new “Road Kill Cash” lottery to ensure a smooth transition for the piping plover and ticket, available at stores all over the state. Proceeds from least tern recovery project when the birds return in the the scratch tickets beneﬁt the Maine Outdoor Heritage spring of 2011. As for Jody, she reminds us that she lives Fund, which has been helping to fund critical conservation only 15 minutes away from Reid State Park where she and wildlife projects throughout the state since 1996. hopes to continue watching piping plovers establish nests and raise their young.6 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
lessons in the classroom. Fields Pond. Kris will also Thanks to The Braitmayer be working on an outdoor Foundation and the Maine installation with similar Community Foundation themes for the top of theMembers’ Double School Collaborations Hancock County Fund for sanctuary’s Ravine Trail.Discount Days Expand making the investments The sanctuary is open dailyMaine Audubon members Maine Audubon’s School to expand this successful from dawn to dusk, and thecan do their holiday shopping Collaborations programs, educational effort. nature center building is openwith a 20% discount on most proﬁled in the September/ Thursdays through Saturdays,items at our nature stores, October issue of Habitat, will “Two Houses” at 10 a.m.-4 p.m.plus free gift wrapping, on our soon expand to the Bangor Fields PondMembers’ Double Discount area at Fields Pond Audubon Fields Pond Audubon CenterDays. Center. will host two art installations from Kris Sader of OronoThe Gilsland Farm Double Following the successful through December. InsideDiscount Days will be on model pioneered at the nature center, theFriday, November 5 from 1-5 Gilsland Farm Audubon “Two Houses” exhibit is ap.m. and Saturday, November Center in partnership thoughtful exploration of6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The with Portland-area public neotropical bird migrationFields Pond Double Discount schools, professional Maine between northern MexicoDay will be on Friday, Audubon educators will soon and the northeast region ofDecember 3, from 1-6 p.m., be working with teachers the United States. The piecefollowed by the Penobscot in the Bucksport/Orland focuses on the leap of faithValley Chapter holiday party. school system to provide involved in migration, theAs always, your purchases engaging outdoor learning implications of losing one’s opportunities at Fields Pond home, and the neotropical Artist Kris Sader installs a piece atsupport Maine Audubon’s Fields Pond Audubon Center.conservation mission. in addition to nature-based bird species that use NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 7
Celebrate the Gifts of Maine’s Wildlife FSC logoMaine Audubon Gift Membership Nonprofit Org.Share the beneﬁts of Maine Audubon with friends and U.S. Postagefamily by giving a gift membership. Call (207) 781-2330 ext. PAID Portland, ME230, or give online at maineaudubon.org/give. 20 Gilsland Farm Road Permit No. 92 Falmouth, ME 04105Northern Saw-whet Owl AdoptionsSupport local research on these nocturnal birds.Call (207) 781-2330, ext. 209 for details.Maine Audubon Nature StoresVisit the Maine Audubon Nature Stores at Gilsland Farmin Falmouth and Fields Pond in Holden. Where else canyou combine your holiday shopping with a relaxing hikethrough a nature sanctuary? We’ve got hundreds of funand educational gifts for all ages, and Maine Audubonmembers receive 10% off most items (and save even moreon Members’ Double Discount Days—see page 7).Help Us Meet the Match for Maine’s Wildlife New Benefits for MembersWith challenges like climate change and the transition to Just show your Maine Audubon membership card to receivea clean-energy economy, Maine Audubon’s respected, rea- these discounts from Maine Audubon Corporate Partners:sonable leadership in wildlife conservation is needed more 20% off rugs, furniture, and home accessories at Angelathan ever. You can count on Maine Audubon to focus on Adams Designs in Portland. Order at angelaadams.comsolutions that will make a real difference for Maine’s wild- and enter ‘audubon’ as the promotion code.life and habitat. 10% off custom framing, framing supplies, and repairs (excludes commissioned artwork) at Casco Bay FramesHelp make a better future for wildlife in Maine with a gift and Gallery in Portland. Call (207) 774-1260.to our 2010-11 Annual Fund today! Call us for details: For more information about Corporate Partners and how(207) 781-2330 ext. 230. your business can get involved, visit maineaudubon.org/ corporatepartners or call (207) 781-2330, ext. 230. Snowy egret and great blue heron, photos by Lloyd W. Alexander Increase the impact of your gift:Maine Audubon has received a second $50,000 challenge grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Your Annual Fund gift could qualify for matching funds—call us!