Programs & Events

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND FIELD TRIPS- email SOMEONE WILL REPLY WITH A CONFIRMATION SOON.  No registration required for programs which are free and open to the public.


Gulls, Petrels, and Loons—studies of coastal waterbird populations

Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM

Moore Community Center, 125 State St., Ellsworth


Autumn Pauly and Jennifer McNamara are undergraduate students at COA and co-recipients of Downeast Audubon’s Sal Rooney Memorial Scholarship. They will discuss the bird research they conducted in 2023 in the Downeast Maine region. Last winter Autumn studied the foraging and behavioral patterns of the wintering Common Loon on the coastline of Mount Desert Island. She spent last summer at the Alice Eno Research Station on Great Duck Island (GDI), where she monitored Leachs Storm-Petrel burrows to analyze the relationship between breeding success and fidelitous individuals. She did additional research exploring the effect of weather patterns on fledging success of Herring Gulls. Last fall, Jennifer conducted extensive surveys for banded gulls around Acadia National Park. Students from COA have been banding gulls on nearby islands for many years, so it is very exciting to explore what these individuals are doing away from their natal colonies. Jennifer will also discuss findings from recently deployed GPS units that the GDI team put out last summer, which give us a peak into the journeys that colonial seabirds embark on after the breeding season is over.


Ocean Drive Bird Walk

Saturday, January 27, 9:00 AM.

Acadia National Park


Join leader Chuck Whitney for a casual stroll along Ocean Drive between Sand Beach and Otter Cliffs. You cant beat the view, and with the ocean on one side and evergreen forest on the other, we have the potential to see a good variety of birds. Winter access to Ocean Drive is via Schooner Head Road off Route 3 after Bar Harbor village.


Tracking in Trenton


Date TBA depending on the snow levels in February! Members, watch your email for more details coming soon.


Aquaculture in Maine

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 PM

Moore Community Center, Ellsworth


Natalie Springuel, Marine Extension Program Lead with Maine Sea Grant, will share an introduction to aquaculture, a sector of Maines working waterfront that has made a lot of headlines lately. Well cover the history of aquaculture in Maine; the diversity of species (shellfish, seaweed and salmon) and methods currently underway in local waters; and the regulatory process governing aquaculture licensing, including how you, the public, can get involved in that process. Whether you are curious about farming yourself or simply want to gain an understanding of what aquaculture is all about, this talk will strive to cover the basics.


Winter Birds of Schoodic     

Saturday, February 10, 9:00 AM

Fraser Point, Schoodic


Rich MacDonald will guide us along the Schoodic Loop Road, making regular stops to see winter specialties which could include sea ducks, loons, grebes, Purple Sandpipers, and winter finches. After birding the Point, we may move on to Corea to look for white-winged gulls and Harlequin Ducks.


Late Winter Birding

Sunday, March 17, 9:00 AM

Flye Point, Brooklin


Join Molly DellaRoman and Tim Skillin at scenic Flye Point, where we will primarily focus on wintering and migratory sea ducks. There will be a short, easy walk followed by extended scans of both sides of the point. The area is exposed so dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one.


Pollinator Conservation

Monday, March 25, 7:00 PM

Moore Community Center, Ellsworth


Erin Cocca of The Xerces Society will give a presentation on pollinator conservation in Maine. She will explain who our pollinators are, why they are so important to us and the ecosystem, and conservation actions that have and can take place here in Maine— possibly on your own land.


Birding Seawall

Saturday, March 30   9:00 AM

Seawall Picnic Area, Manset, MDI


Come on, grab your binoculars and join leader Billy Helprin for our first official spring outing of the year!  We will scan the coastal waters around Seawall picnic area looking for seabirds then walk along the nearby road and through the campground where forest birds may be heard and hopefully seen.