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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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Make Way for Ducklings Wildlife Center7th Annual Make Way for Ducklings Special Event!
Sunday, March 22, 11-1pm, American Legion Post 56, Hannaford Dr, York
This is one of our most popular annual events! Each spring Center for Wildlife admits hundreds of injured and orphaned native wild animals, including ducklings, baby mammals, nestling songbirds, and more. This year's theme is "It's Time to Wake Up!: Learning the Secrets of Spring", and programming, hands-on activities, crafts, and more will focus on the challenges our wild parents and their young may face, and how we can help.

This year's event will include:

  • Live animal ambassador presentations: "Secret Sounds" at 11:30-11:50 and "Secret Signs" at 12:20-12:40pm
  • Raffle prizes including a shift in our Baby Bird Room and a Robert McClosky book pack
  • Activities like face-painting, scavenger hunt, and the duckling stream game
  • Homemade baked goods and other refreshments
  • Center for Wildlife mechandise and adoption packages

This year we will also be holding a Baby Shower! Participants that bring an item from our wishlist will have the opportunity to have a family photo taken with one of our wild animal ambassadors. We hope you can join us, last year over 100 community members attended. No registration is required, there is a $5 suggested donation for adults, and kids are FREE! All proceeds from this event go toward our "Make Way for Ducklings" spring appeal which directly funds care for injured and orphaned wildlife this spring. Feel free to email Emily for more info.


Center for Wildlife's Tuesday Afternoon Spring/ Summer Tour Series
Every Tuesday, May-September, 2:00-3:00pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Meet CFW educators and ambassadors under our outdoor educational pavilion and learn about the CFW’s history and mission, local wildlife, and what to look out for this season. Following the presentation, join us for a tour of our raptor enclosure and the chance to observe a baby bird feeding!


**These tours have concluded for the season, but there are many public program and private tour/ family program opportunities year-round at Center for Wildlife! Scroll down for our public events, and click here to learn more about booking a private tour or program.**



seacoast home and garden showCenter for Wildlife at the Seacoast Home and Garden Show!

Saturday, March 28th, 10-4pm, UNH Whittemore Center, 128 Main Street, Durham, NH

Visit the Seacoast Home and Garden show and learn about CFW's work with local wildlife! Visit with Board, staff, and volunteers and meet one of our non-releasable ambassadors up close.



On Saturday, join us for a special presentation from 3:30-4 pm, ""Secrets of Spring: Learning Signs and Sounds of Wildlife in your Garden". Join Center for Wildlife educators and live animal ambassadors to learn who is in your garden, and how to attract and co-exist with local wildlife. Featuring a non-releasable bird, mammal, and reptile, participants can also learn about natural history and ecology for regional habitats. For more information, please visit the Home and Garden Show website.



reptile and amphibian spring programCold Blooded Critters!

Friday, April 10th, 9:30-11am, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

As the ground thaws and the weather warms, native reptiles and amphibians are stirring. After spending the winter hidden under leaf litter or buried underground, snakes, frogs, and salamanders are beginning to emerge to lay their eggs. Join CFW educators and ambassadors to learn about our cold blooded friends, their adaptations for survival, what they might be up to right now, and what we can do to help them. We'll even check out an active vernal pool to see if we can spot any spring activity! This program is open to all ages and will be great for kids ages 7-12.


There is a $7 suggested donation per person, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



nesting programNature's Nesters with Mount Agamenticus!

Saturday, April 12th, 10am-12pm, Mount A. Learning Lodge, Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

After a long winter, our wildlife are already preparing for nesting season! Many of our native wildlife species will utilize nesting boxes during the spring and summer to raise their young. Join CFW educators and ambassadors in the Learning Lodge to learn about local nesting wildlife, how they prepare for nesting season, and what to look out for in your own backyard.


Following the presentation, Mount A and CFW staff will lead a bat box building workshop, and/or bring your used bird boxes to do some spring cleaning and prepare them for a new season!


This program is open to all ages and has a suggested donation of $5 per person and reservations are required. The bat box building workshop has a suggested donation of $20 to cover materials, and each participant will leave with their own box. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



wildlife rescue 101 spring wildlifeWildlife Rescue 101: Prepare for Spring! - Rescheduled from March 14th

Saturday, April 18th, 10-11:30am, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Have you ever encountered an injured wild animal and weren’t sure what to do? A long-time CFW supporter, found herself in just such a situation, and decided to take action! CFW educators will teach us to create our very own “rescue kits” complete with a towel, gloves, CFW contact information, and more, and lead us in a workshop on how to handle wildlife encounters with common native species.


There is a $10 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife, and each participant will leave with a kit. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!




CFW News Archive

Portsmouth Kate the Great Sale Leads to Wildlife Charity Donation
TheFullPint.com, March 21, 2011

When the Portsmouth Brewery celebrated Kate The Great Day at its downtown locale on March 7, the goodwill flowed beyond the city streets all the way to wildlife habitats in southeastern New Hampshire and southern Maine.The brewery will be donating $20,000 between The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, headquartered in Exeter, and The Center for Wildlife in York, ME.

Center for Wildlife creatures meet kids at Wells Reserve
York Weekly, March 2, 2011

Some local children chose to spend their school vacation last week getting an up-close-and-personal look at an owl, hawk and albino porcupine at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on Winter Wildlife Day. Kids flocked to the site with their families Feb. 24 and got to take a snowshoeing adventure in search of animal tracks after being educated about the three animals inside the Wells Reserve auditorium. The event was a joint collaboration between the Center for Wildlife of Cape Neddick, the York County Audubon Society and the Wells Reserve, organizations that provide children with education on wildlife and the environment.

In York: Center for Wildlife Makes Way for Ducklings and Other Spring Wildlife!
Fosters.com, Feb. 25, 2011
Center for Wildlife is happy to announce its third annual "Make Way for Ducklings" event Saturday, March 12, from 11-1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 56 in York, Maine. Spring is an especially busy season with an influx of injured and orphaned songbirds, mammals, ducklings, and turtles. CFW typically treats an average of 300 nestling songbirds, 500 juvenile mammals, and 50 ducklings in a season, on top of their normal caseload. Many of these injuries can be avoided, and the event provides a great opportunity for CFW staff to raise awareness and tolerance for wildlife and their seasonal behaviors.

Injured Owls Abound At Center for Wildlife
Seacoastonline, Feb 16, 2011
This has been an especially difficult winter for owls in Maine and the Center for Wildlife is seeking support to provide medical care for its heaviest load ever of injured owls.The center has admitted 36 owls (30 of them barred owls) since October 1. On average, the center sees fewer than 10 each winter, but all of its flight enclosures are presently full. Nearly all of these owl patients were hit by cars. The Center is requesting financial donations to help cover the costs of rehabilitating these owls. The organization has set up a special Emergency Owl Treatment Fund and anyone can help. Donate by credit card on CFW's Website, or mail a check to: Center for Wildlife, P. O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902. All donations are tax-deductible.

Sanford third graders learn about bats' contribution to the environment
Foster's Daily Democrat, December 23, 2010
These boys and girls may very well look back on their experience in the third grade as the Year of the Bat. They and other third-graders throughout the school system have learned a lot about bats this school year. They've attended assemblies during which representatives from the Center for Wildlife showed them actual bats and taught them about their lives. And after learning that putting up bat houses is a good way to keep bats safe and help limit mosquito populations, the students took CFW's Stewardship Challenge (positive impact projects that encourage students to observe and become stewards of their environment) and hung up several bat houses around their campuses.

Owl be seeing you: pair of great-horneds released to the wild
Foster's Daily Democrat, October 24, 2010
With a gentle push and a flutter of wings, two great-horned owls took their first flight into the wild on their own after months of rehabilitation. Earlier this year, the two juvenile owls were given to The Center for Wildlife after falling out of their nests and suffering from severe injuries and signs of trauma.

Center for Wildlife & Wells Reserve team up on wildlife program for kids
Foster's Daily Democrat, September 28, 2010
Connecting children with wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend is the focus of a new collaboration between the Center for Wildlife and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. "Wild Friends in Wild Places" is an innovative school program for students in grades K-2 that introduces them to wildlife and their habitats.

Great Horned Owl recovers, released in the woods of Brentwood
Seacoast Online, July 16, 2010
A little more than two months after hunters rescued an injured great horned owl in Exeter, the bird was determined to be fully recovered and was set free in the area where he was found. It was on May 5 when the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine, received word about a great horned owl in distress, and within a few hours, the emaciated raptor was in good hands, literally, at the Wildlife Center.

Watch Out for the Turtles
WCSH6.com 6/15/2010

If you are traveling in some parts of southern Maine you might notice some unusual road signs. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy are posting road signs warning drivers of endangered turtle road crossing locations. The road crossings are located in Wells, South Berwick and York. Spotted and Blanding's turtles often travel to their nesting areas during this times of year. The department says if these signs can even help save a few of these turtles from becoming roadkill then it was worth it.

Rescue ME: The Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick
The Portland Press Herald, 5/2/2010
It might have been the wind or some dust that put a tear on Tom Porter's cheek, but after he released the barred owl he had found injured five months earlier, he was visibly moved. He was standing at the First Parish Cemetery in York after Laura Dehler of the Center for Wildlife had passed him the rehabilitated barred owl to release back into the wild.

York fourth-graders support Center for Wildlife
news@seacoastonline.com, 1/8/10
Holiday donations were literally for the birds last year, as four fourth-grade classes at Coastal Ridge Elementary School worked together to collect donations for the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick.

A winter safe haven for all the birds and beasts in York
Foster's Daily Democrat, 2/27/09

Even in the dead of winter the Center for Wildlife continues to create a safe haven for animals whether they be an injured peregrine falcon or even a confiscated baby American alligator.