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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!

 

wild songbird releaseAnnual "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 "Wildlife and Ecology Take Flight". The day also includes tours of our baby-bird room, feeding demonstrations, songbird releases, food, and nature-based activities. We’re also joined by partners in the fields of wildlife medicine, research, education, and conservation at their booths and activities.

 

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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Seacoast Water Garden Club Pink LilySeacoast Water Garden Tour: Braveboat Harbor

Sunday, July 20, 12-4pm, 110 Raynes Neck, York, ME

Come and spend the afternoon at this spectacular seaside estate. There are a number of water features at Brave Boat Harbor Farm and they range from the borrowed view of the Atlantic Ocean to the tiniest hollowed granite bowls for sipping wrens. As you approach through the woods, a brook empties a great swamp - home to all sorts of two and four footed creatures. Leaving the woods, you’ll see the fire pond across the fields - a fresh water pond fed by runoff from the surrounding fields. Park in the designated area and walk to the house. Someone will be there to start you on your tour. Delightful vegetable garden has a solar powered water feature. On sunny days it adds cheerful splashes to gardening efforts.

 

Continue to the pond in the woodland garden. This beautiful spot is the creation of Dan Gipson of Garden Escapes who has molded a first pond attempt into a clever two level cascade. The surrounding gardens are a work in progress with low growing and dwarf deciduous shrubs and trees. Please feel free to wander wherever you like. Mown paths beckon. One path leads to the ocean, across the tip of the beach and through the “Mount Field” behind the fire pond and back to the house. Bring a lunch, you’ll want to savor every nook and cranny here.

 

There is a $4 suggested donation for the tours which goes directly to Center for Wildlife's work with injured and orphaned wild animals. To learn more, click here and visit the Seacoast Water Garden Club's website.

 

 

Eastern box turtleCenter for Wildlife at the Beach Funatic!

Thursday, July 24, 4-5 pm, 2 Railroad Ave, York, ME

Visit CFW educators and ambassadors at the Beach Funatic on the boardwalk in York, ME! Learn about our important work treating injured and orphaned wildlife, have the opportunity to meet some of our non-releasable wild animal ambassadors up close, and touch hands-on displays such as wings, talons, and more! After learning about the CFW, pop in the Beach Funatic for beach toys, games, and other great activities as they will be donating a portion of the evening's sales to support the CFW! Please visit The Beach Funatic's website for more info.

 

 

snapping turtle rescuerPositive Wildlife Intentions: Conflict Resolution with Wildlife!

Saturday, July 26, 10-11:30am, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Want to know how to safely interact with wildlife in your own backyard? Many homeowners do their best to deal with wildlife in their homes, but it's always difficult to decide the best course of action. Let CFW educators and ambassadors guide you through some common wildlife interactions and provide tips and advice on the best way to manage wildlife in your own backyard!

 

There is a $7 suggested donation for this event and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily to reserve your spot today!

 

**Please note: Our education facilities are outdoor only and we do not have public restrooms. We cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more at our public programs, but please feel free to contact Emily about booking a private one!

 

 

garden roseSeacoast Water Garden Tour: Linda and Ray Bilodeau

Sunday, July 27, 12-4pm, 146 Martha Terrace, Portsmouth, NH

A love of gardening has inspired Linda and Ray to create multiple pockets of enchanting cultivars in their small suburban plot of land. Evident is a love of roses from climbers to knockout varieties as well as focal shrubs used as edge softeners and transition from garden to garden. The desire for a water feature lead Linda to carve out a small pond and splashway in a restful corner complete with arbored swing. Enjoyment of the original which you will see has inspired plans for a much larger pond soon to come. A vision for those with small spaces.

 

There is a $4 suggested donation for the tours which goes directly to Center for Wildlife's work with injured and orphaned wild animals. To learn more, click here and visit the Seacoast Water Garden Club's website.

 

 

Be the Pig- Stephens Family BBQ and Fundraiser

Saturday, August 2nd, 2pm-dusk, 21 Old East Scituate Road, York, ME

For over seven years, the Stephens family have been opening up their backyard and throwing a good old fashioned neighborhood fundraiser. Friends, family, local businesses, and all members of the community are invited for their popular BBQ. Participants can enjoy homemade food, swimming, live music, raffles, and more. All donations from the event go directly to both the Center for Wildlife and the York Food Pantry. They have raised over $15,000 over the years for CFW and the York Food Pantry. We hope you can stop by and enjoy the fun!

 

 

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Seacoast Water Garden Tour: Denise and Michael Vose

Sunday, August 3, 12-4pm, 75 Olde Bridge Lane, Epping, NH

The last stop on the Seacoast Water Garden's summer tour series! A 12-foot long stream cascades down a hillside through a perennial garden to a small pond that has become a home to Shibumpkin goldfish, frogs, and salamanders. A deck at the front side of the pond provides a quiet respite to sit and enjoy the aquatic plants and the soothing sound of the gurgling stream, offering a nice resting spot after a sojourn through the perennial gardens that surround the house.

 

 

 

There is a $4 suggested donation for the tours which goes directly to Center for Wildlife's work with injured and orphaned wild animals. To learn more, click here and visit the Seacoast Water Garden Club's website.

 

 

Painted turtle hatchlingsSummer Adaptations at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm!

Tuesday, August 5, 11 am-12 pm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME

Join Center for Wildlife educators and live animal ambassadors at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm and learn about native wildlife this season! Can a baby bird fly right out of it's nest? Do baby turtles need their mother's care? Learn the answers to these questions and much more as we explore wildlife ecology, typical behaviors this season, how to spot wildlife, and how to help our native wildlife during this engaging presentation. Please visit Wells Reserve to learn more.

 

 

American kestrel SavannahCenter for Wildlife at the Beach Funatic!

Friday, August 8, 4-5 pm, 2 Railroad Ave, York, ME

Visit CFW educators and ambassadors at the Beach Funatic on the boardwalk in York, ME! Learn about our important work treating injured and orphaned wildlife, have the opportunity to meet some of our non-releasable wild animal ambassadors up close, and touch hands-on displays such as wings, talons, and more! After learning about the CFW, pop in the Beach Funatic for beach toys, games, and other great activities as they will be donating a portion of the evening's sales to support the CFW! Please visit The Beach Funatic's website for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer WorkdayVolunteer Workday

Saturday, August 16, 1-4pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Our ambassadors met many visitors over the summer, and could use some T.L.C.! Join CFW educators for a volunteer workday to help spruce, beautify, and renovate our non-releasable ambassadors' enclosures. We'll also have the chance to meet some of our non-releasable ambassadors up close!

 

 

We welcome all volunteers ages 18 and up (unless accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required, please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

Wildlife Rescue 101- Snapping TurtleWildlife Rescue 101 and Rescue Kit Workshop: The Fall and Winter Edition!

Wednesday, August 20, 6-7:30 pm, 385 Mountain Road, 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. CFW educators and ambassadors will help share tips on seasonal wildlife activity and what to look out for!

 

This event has a $15 suggested donation per group and is open to all ages. All “rescue kit” materials will be provided, courtesy of a CFW supporter. Reservations are required, please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!

 

 

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!

 

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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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