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Special Events

 

7th annual make way for ducklings event**Save the Date**

7th Annual "Make Way for Duckings" Spring Event
Date and Location TBD

This has become 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. Come learn about the challenges our wild parents and their young may face, and how you can help. This year's event will include:

  • Live animal ambassador presentations
  • Light refreshments
  • Kid's games
  • Raffles prizes including the chance to release a group of rehabilitated ducklings!

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!

Celebrate Earth Week with Center for Wildlife!sunshine freyja earth day celebration

Celebrate Earth Day all week long with Center for Wildlife and our partners in education and conservation. Learn about native wildlife, explore new natural spaces, and help ensure healthy habitats and communities by participating in stewardship activities. Programs will be at various times and locations, please see below for more details on each presentation:

 

Earth Day Owl Prowl!
Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm,
CFW Education 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 event is open to all ages and has a $5 suggested donation per person, which goes directly to support our work with local wildlife. Reservations are required, please email Emily to reserve your spot today.

Vernal Pool Equinox with York Land Trust
Saturday, April 23,
Time and Location TBD

Celebrate the vernal equinox in nature. Stay tuned for details!

Earth Day Walkabout at Mount A
Sunday, April 24, 1-4pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

People all across the World gather together on this weekend to demonstrate support for the environment. Top off your April vacation by learning about your local wildlife and their habitat needs with CFW educators and live animal ambassadors. Then help clean up Mount A, a local natural treasure, for you and for wildlife. Program is open to all ages with a $5 suggested donation; volunteering is free but its rewards are priceless. Stay tuned, time for Center for Wildlife presentation TBD!

CFW Then and Now**Save the Date**
Annual Call of the Wild: Celebrating 30 Years!
Thursday, June 23rd, 6:30-9:30pm, Spring Hill Restaurant, South Berwick, ME

We're celebrating 30 years of our work towards a sustainable future for local wildlife. Step back in time with us and learn about the first years, then learn about our services now that include a renowned medical clinic, robust environmental education and internship programs, research, and much more. We'll share plans for the future, and raise a glass with community leaders from different points in Center for Wildlife's history. This magical evening also includes dinner, wine and beer sampling, live and silent auctions, a chance to mingle with other wildlife supporters, and much more.

This event has been full with a waiting list at 200 the past few years, so watch this space for details and a registration link coming soon!

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Public Programming


 

Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Dine for a CauseDine for a Cause: Give Back Dinner Series at the Beachmere Inn's Blue Bistro

Sunday, Jan. 24, 5--9pm, Blue Bistro at Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME

Center for Wildlife will be the featured non-profit to receive 50% of January 24th's food profits at the Blue Bistro in Ogunquit, ME! Bring family and friends for dinner with choice of entree for $16.99 plus tax anytime from 5-9pm for a cozy evening of oceanside dining that supports native wildlife. Center for Wildlife is one of just 6 non-profits chosen to be recipients for 2016. Click here to learn more, and thank you to the beautiful and family owned Beachmere Inn!!

 

 

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Owls: Hunters of the Night at the Cape Ann Discovery Center

Saturday, January 30th, 5-6pm, Cape Ann Discovery Center, 481 Western Ave, Gloucester, MA

Our beautiful owl ambassadors show off their adaptations for night hunting. Learn about the variety of New England species, their habitats, diets, calls, and tips on how to spot them in the wild. Educators will also focus on their importance in balancing prey populations, current challenges, and how to help.

 

Join CFW educators and ambassadors to learn about native owls and stick around following the presentation for an owl prowl led by Cape Ann Discovery Center. Click here to learn more about this and other Cape Ann Discovery Center programs.



Valentine's Wildlife SnowshoeGreat Maine Outdoors Weekend: Seeking Sweethearts Winter Snowshoe with Mount A

Saturday, February 13th, 10-12pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

Did you know that owls begin looking for mates and selecting nesting sites as early as February? Join us in the Mount A Learning Lodge to learn about native owls, their nesting habits, and how to chat with owls during this vocal time of year. We'll meet some local representatives up close, and following the program, head onto the trails for a moonlit snowshoe hike!


This program is open to all ages with a $7 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support the work of Center for Wildlife and Mount A. Reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!


February Owl ProwlWhoo's There Winter Owl Prowl Series!
Fri., February 26, 5- 6:30pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Our popular Owl Prowl Series is back! This fun event introduces participants to the amazing adaptations of native owls. We’ll meet under our education pavilion to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the presentation, we’ll take a short walk into the surrounding habitat to call for owls and listen for whooo might call back. There will be one owl prowl hosted each month from October through April, so if you can't make it keep an eye on this page for the next one!


We welcome owl prowlers of all ages, but please remember that patience and a quiet atmosphere are crucial for owl prowling. There is a $7 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support the work of Center for Wildlife, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!


March of the Squirrels Public ProgramNature Discovery Series: March of the Squirrels!
Sat., March 12, 10-11:30am, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Get outside with wildlife! Join CFW educators for this fun, new series: Nature Discovery Walks. These stewardship- based programs are designed for families with children ages 6-10, but are open to all ages. Meet under our education pavilion for the chance to meet a resident ambassador, and then head into the woods to discover the wildlife around us. On Saturday, March 12th, learn about the rodents running around your backyard: squirrels! We'll learn about how they survived the winter, what they're up to in March, then head into the woods to look for squirrel nests and signs of activity.


There is a $5 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support the work of Center for Wildlife, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Springtime SurprisesCenter for Wildlife at Springtime Surprises at Mount A
Sunday, March 20, 1- 4:00pm, Mount A Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

Join us in celebrating everything spring time in nature has to offer. There will be many outdoor opportunities for all ages to discover the wonders of the season: trail treasure search, Easter egg hunt, Nature’s Nesters program and bird box building with Center for Wildlife, Storywalk, photos with the Easter bunny, prizes, and more. Come dressed for the weather and bring your own basket or bag. Stay tuned for more details!

 


Adults Only Owl Prowl Center for WildlifeWhoo's There Winter Owl Prowl Series Adults Only

Friday, March 25, 6:30- 8:00pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Our popular Owl Prowl Series is back! This fun event introduces participants to the amazing adaptations of native owls. We’ll meet under our education pavilion to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the presentation, we’ll take a short walk into the surrounding habitat to call for owls and listen for whooo might call back. There will be one owl prowl hosted each month from October through April, so if you can't make it keep an eye on this page for the next one!

 

We welcome owl prowlers ages 16+ (check out the April owl prowl for all ages), and please remember that patience and a quiet atmosphere are crucial for owl prowling. There is a $7 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support the work of Center for Wildlife, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!


Spring Wildlife Rescue 101 Center for Wildlife Wildlife Rescue 101 Adult Workshop: Prepare for Spring!

Thursday, April 14, 5:30- 7pm, 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.

 

This program is open to ages 16+ and has a suggested donation of $10 per person, which goes directly to support our work, and reservations are required. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!


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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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