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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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

The weather is warming up and it's time to start our popular Tuesday Afternoon Summer Tour Series! 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!

 

There is a $5 per person suggested donation for the tour. Reservations are required and space is limited to 12 people per tour, ages 5+. Please keep in mind that CFW is not able to offer public restrooms, so come prepared! Though we are able to offer baby bird feeding demonstrations, due to the sensitivities of recovering wildlife, our medical facilities are not on public display. To make a reservation please email Emily today. We hope to see you soon!

 

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Annual "Wild About our Community" Open House
Sunday, September 14, 11:00-3:00pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

This event hosts the community at the Center for Wildlife to meet staff, volunteers, and live animal ambassadors at our biggest awareness event of the year. Participants can learn about New England wildlife and our work through live animal ecology-based presentations with themes including "Get Moving with Wildlife and Ecologyt".

 

 

 

The day also includes:

  • tours of our baby-bird room
  • feeding demonstrations
  • songbird releases
  • local food
  • nature-based activities and booths by partners (Seacoast Science Center, White Pine Programs, TREE Center, York Land Trust)
  • raffles- including the chance to participate in the release of the "Northwoods Law" great horned owlet!

There is a $5 suggested donation for this event which goes directly to our work medically treating with the goal of release over 1,600 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. We hope to see you there!

This event generally hosts at least 300 community members. To learn how to become a business sponsor of this event and spotlight your generosity toward wildlife and the community, click here.


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big brown bat hangingBats on the Move: Native Bat Activity and Potluck!

Thursday, August 28, 5-6:30 pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Local bats spent the summer raising pups, and now that the pups are able to fly, many bats are on the move! Bring your favorite bat inspired dish and join CFW educators and non-releasable big brown bat ambassador to learn about local bats, get advice on exclusion, and hike through the woods to spot these amazing flying mammals!

 

This event has a $7 suggested donation per person, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

Gardening for Wildlife- Lady Willow AmbassadorGardening for Wildlife and Volunteer Workday!

Saturday, August 30, 10 am-2 pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

With habitat loss and increased urbanization, one of the easiest ways to help wildlife is by maintaining a wildlife garden! CFW is teaming up with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension's program, "Speaking for Wildlife" to host a "Gardening for Wildlife Workday". After the Speaking for Wildlife's "Gardening for Wildlife" presentation, stick around to help CFW staff and educators turn our campus into a certified garden for wildlife through the National Wildlife Federation!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation for this event, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

Volunteer WorkdayVolunteer Workday!

Saturday, September 6th, 1 pm-4 pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Our annual "Open House" is just around the corner, and we're calling all community members to help spruce, beautify, and renovate our enclosures and facilities. We welcome all volunteers ages 18+ (unless accompanied by an adult), and reservations are required .

 

Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

BioblitzCenter for Wildlife at Seacoast Science Center’s Annual BioBlitz!

Saturday, September 20th, 12 pm-1 pm, 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye

BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day. Center for Wildlife will present the lunch-time program featuring some of our non-releasable wild animal ambassadors. Join us to learn about native wildlife, the struggles they face, and what you can do to help!

 

 

BioBlitz is FREE for Seacoast Science Center members; $7 for non-members; $20 for non-member families (up to 6 people). Click here to learn more and register today!

 

Phenology WorkshopPhenology Phrenzy!

Thursday, September 25th, 5:30-7 pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Our educators recently participated in a phenology training program with UMaine Cooperative Extension, and are eager to share what they learned! Phenology (plant and animal life-cycle events that are influenced by seasonal changes) is all around us, and while we make conscious efforts to observe changes around us, plants and animals are in tune with seasonal changes. Join us to learn about phenology with local wildlife and observe some changes already taking place!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation for this event, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

Migration ProgramCFW and Mount Agamenticus Present: Eyes Like A Hawk! Sunday, September 28th, 10 am-12 pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Join CFW and Mount A for our popular “Eyes Like A Hawk” program to learn about which birds are migrating over the top of Mount A. Center for Wildlife’s educators, live animal ambassadors and hands-on displays will provide helpful tips for spotting migrating birds this season and advice for how to keep them safe. Following the program, we will head outside to see who we can spot flying overhead! This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person.

 

Space is limited (we saw over 100 participants at last year’s event!) and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today! We hope to see you there!

 

*Please note, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more at our public programs, but please feel free to contact Emily about booking a private one!

 

Neighborhood Wildlife WatchCFW Presents “Neighborhood Wildlife Watch” with Marshwood Adult Education!

Saturday, October 25th, 10 am-11:30 am, Marshwood High School, 260 Route 236, South Berwick, ME

Are you interested in helping local wildlife in your community? The Center for Wildlife will be offering a “Wildlife Community Watch” certification program to community members across the region. This program will give participants an introduction to safely interacting with wildlife, how to help in a wildlife interaction and how to promote stewardship and protection of wildlife in your community. Upon completion of this program, participants will serve as their community’s “Community Watch Member” and a resource for wildlife interactions. Join CFW and Marshwood Adult Education for the informative workshop and learn to be your neighborhood's wildlife watch!

 

 

Reservations are required for this event, please click here to reserve your spot today!

 

 

Halloween in NatureCFW and Mount Agamenticus Present: Halloween in Nature!

Sat., October 25th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Ever wonder what those bumps, howls, hoots and screeches in the night really are? CFW educators and ambassadors will share spooky stories, dispel myths about the creepiest of wild animals, and share ways to help local wildlife! Following the program, join us for a moonlit hike to call for all the critters of the night! We welcome participants of all ages!

 

Space is limited (we saw over 80 participants at last year’s event!) and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today! We hope to see you there! *Please note, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more at our public programs, but please feel free to contact Emily about booking a private one!

 

Beaver MoonCFW and Mount Agamenticus Present: A Beaver Moon Adventure!

Thursday, November 6th, 6-8 pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Join the Center for Wildlife & Mount A staff for an adventure during the full beaver moon. Learn how busy beavers prepare for winter, their important role in the ecosystem, and other wildlife night-time antics. Following the program, join us on hike guided by the full beaver moon!

 

We welcome participants ages 10+.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!

 

*Please note, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more at our public programs, but please feel free to contact Emily about booking a private one!

 

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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.


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