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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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Special Events

Call of the Wild Spring Auction and Benefit 201511th Annual Call of the Wild- Spring Benefit and Auction
Thursday, May 28th, 6-9:30pm, Spring Hill, 117 Pond Road, South Berwick, ME
Enjoy food and drink, keynote speaker Susan Gallo (Audubon biologist, researcher, and advocate for native bat species), live and silent auctions, and meet live animal ambassadors. Mingle with peers, learn about current challenges to wildlife, and support Center for Wildlife's efforts toward providing a sustainable future for local wildlife.

This event is FREE, but is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from lead gifts, business sponsorships, pledges, auction items, and donations go directly toward our work with local wildlife and the community throughout the year.

Click here
to learn more, to reserve your spot early (last year we were full at 200 participants weeks before the event!), and/or to make your pledge or lead gift today!


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.**


Public Programming

owl prowlWhoooo's There Series: Earth Day Owl Prowl

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6-7:30pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Celebrate Earth Day with our favorite nocturnal raptors, owls! CFW educators and ambassadors will begin with a presentation about owl ecology, natural history, and the struggles native owls face. Following the program, we’ll head onto our trails to listen for whoooo’s calling in the night!


This program is open to all ages and has a suggested donation of $5 per person, which goes directly to support our work. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



Wildlife Art Show

"Ramblings Through Nature" Art Show and Opening Night Benefit

Thursday, May 7th, 5:30-7pm, Provident Bank, 95 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH

Come view the work from local artist Sandy McDermott, and support Center for Wildlife! 15% of all sales of Sandy's work this evening will go directly toward Center for Wildlife's work. Sandy's earliest memory of making art was submitting a bookmark into a contest that featured Dr. Doolittle and his animals. Winning the contest sparked a life-long commitment to both art and animals; and ultimately a career in Natural Science Illustration.


Sandy's work has evolved overtime, and continues to evolve under the study of ornithologist Barry Van Duesen. Her watercolors are all nature-inspired, and Sandy even spent time studying some of our beloved ambassadors. Click here to visit her website, and we hope to see you at the opening! Sandy will have watercolors and both framed and unframed artwork available that evening.




volunteer workdayCFW Volunteer Workday

Saturday, May 16th, 1-4pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Summer season is upon us, and we're excited for another busy season of on-site tours, programs, and visits! Help us prepare our ambassadors' enclosures and onsite facilities to greet the hundreds of community members who join us to learn about local wildlife each summer.


Volunteer workdays are open to able-bodied community members of all ages (anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult). Activities may include: scrubbing enclosures, pulling weeds and planting native fauna, replacing natural materials in enclosures. Participants will also have the chance to meet and learn about some of CFW's non-releasable ambassadors! Reservations are required to attend. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



spring bird walkSpring Bird Walk with Mount Agamenticus

Sunday, May 17, 9:30-12pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick ME

Many of our birds have already jumped into nesting season and we're hearing their calls throughout the woods. Join CFW educators and ambassadors to learn about native birds and how to identify them in the wild, go on a quick tour of our baby bird room, then hike to the summit of Mount Agamenticus to listen for these species in the wild!


There is a $7 suggested donation for this event and hiking is suggested for those over 10 years. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



gardening for wildlifeGardening for WIldlife: Presentation and Volunteer Workday

Saturday, May 23rd, 11am-4pm, CFW Education Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Join us as we partner with UNH Cooperative Extension for their "A Garden for Wildlife: Natural Landscaping for a Better Backyard" presentation. A Speaking for Wildlife volunteer will offer a slide presentation that shows how anyone with a backyard, garden, or landscaped area can help wildlife by altering their landscaping and gardening practices. Includes discussion of wildlife and habitats, plant choice, use of native plants, nest boxes and feeders, and issues such as invasive plants. Following the power point presentation, CFW staff will lead a Gardening for Wildlife volunteer workday. Help us transform our on-site facilities into a garden for local wildlife!


We welcome all able-bodied volunteers over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult), especially those with gardening experience. Reservations are required, and we need at least 20 individuals to host this event. There is a $10 suggested donation for this event and hiking is suggested for those over 10 years. 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.