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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!

CFW Spring Auction and Benefit"Call of the Wild" event- Spring Auction and Benefit
Thursday, May 29th, 6-9:30pm, Spring Hill Restaurant, 117 Pond Road, South Berwick, ME

Soar into Summer with our biggest fundraising event of the year! Last year's event had over 150 participants, and our event committee is working hard to make this the best one yet. Join us for a magical evening of learning about and supporting native wildlife, and mingling with friends and colleagues from the community that are all working to make our piece of the world a better place. The evening includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Ben Kilham: bear biologist, rehabilitator, author, and cinematographer
  • Appearances from our beautiful wildlife ambassadors
  • Silent Auctions including wildlife releases, vacations, handmade/artisan crafts, classes, and more!
  • **New** Live Auction
  • Wine and beer tasting
  • Hearty hors d' oeuvres

If you have an idea for a silent or live auction and would like to share it, please email Kristen. This event is FREE and due to limited space reservations are required. Click here to reserve your spot today, last year's event was full at 150 participants a week before the event! We hope you can join us.


Freyja in Mountain PoseEarth Yoga for Wildlife!

Saturday, April 19, 10-11:30am, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

We will join Yoga on the Hill founder and instructor Erin Ehlers as we connect with ourselves and the Earth in honor of Earth Day weekend. Held outside among the trees and sounds of our wild animal patients and ambassadors, we will be inspired to become as graceful and healthy as our wild animal friends.


Open to all levels, registration is required and there is a $12 suggested donation. Recommended for ages 9+. Bring your yoga mat (we will have a few available to lend for those that don't have one)! Email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



Friday, April 25, 6-7:30pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Have you ever gone "owling"? Meet under our education pavilion, and learn about whooo's making all that noise this time of year. Center for Wildlife educators will introduce our owl ambassadors and we'll learn about their adaptations, habitats, and how to spot them or find signs of them in the wild. Then, we'll head down the vernal pool nature trail and go prowling for our mysterious friends!

$5 suggested donation, all proceeds go directly to care for injured or orphaned animals. Reservations are required, email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today.



Volunteer WorkdayVolunteer Workday

Saturday, April 26, 1-4pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Spring is finally here and it's time to spruce up our ambassadors' enclosures! Join CFW educators and volunteers for a volunteer workday from 1 pm - 4 pm at the CFW for a chance to meet some of our non-releasable ambassadors and help beautify their enclosures for the spring season!

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



dining for wildlifeDine for a Cause- 50 Local

Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-9pm, 50 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME

Enjoy a spring evening out, and support wildlife at the same time! As part of their Local GiveBack program, 50 Local will donate 10% of their proceeds from the restaurant to Center for Wildlife the evening of April 30th! Relying on local farms, fisheries, & a commitment to the community, 50 Local is downtown Kennebunk's neighborhood establishment. 50 Local presents an outstanding, approachable menu containing many of the traditional dishes offered in French Bistros with an American take, served in a comfortable, elegant, & friendly atmosphere. Click here to view their menu, and we hope to see you there!




Maine Beer Company Wildlife DinnerMaine Beer Company- Do What's Right Night

Wednesday, May 14, 5-7pm, 525 US Route One, Freeport, ME

A lovely spring event celebrating local business and wildlife! Tickets to this event include unlimited draft, appetizers, sweet treats and a private tour through the Brewhouse with the owners. The brewers will also be around to answer questions regarding the beers and the brew process. Mingle with the brewers, Center for Wildlife staff and volunteers, and fellow beer and wildlife lovers! Tickets are $30, and all ticket proceeds will be donated toward our work with injured and orphaned wildlife and the community. Click here to learn more or to purchase your ticket today!



Spring Wildlife Walk and Plant StrollSpring Evening Wildlife Walk and Plant Stroll

Thursday, May 15, 6-7:30pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Join us for a spring evening stroll to learn about the birds, the bees, and May flowers! We'll kick off the evening with an introduction to our native wildlife, who you might see or hear this time of year, and how plants are important to our local ecosystems. Then we'll head around the CFW grounds and forest trails for a guided plant walk from plant expert and Certified Herbalist Amanda Komisarek of Lion's Tooth Wellness. Many of the wild plants that grow around us that we call "weeds" are incredible foods and healers. Amanda will share how to ID these plants and easily use them in your home for health & well being.


This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person all proceeds go directly toward our work with injured and orphaned wildlife. Open to ages 10+. Reservations are required, please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today!



Wildlife SongbirdSpring Bird Walk with CFW and Mount A

Sunday, May 25, 10-12am, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

One of the first signs of spring are the beautiful calls of native songbirds. Join CFW educators for a tour of our “baby bird room” to learn how we care for injured and orphaned baby birds and which species we treat. Following the tour, join us on a hike up to the summit of Mount A to listen to birds in different habitats.


This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person and is open to everyone ages 12 and up. 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!



Volunteer Workday for WildlifeVolunteer Workday

Saturday, May 31, 1-4pm, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Our staff, interns, and volunteers are gearing up for a busy summer season, and we're excited to invite our community to help out! Join CFW educators and volunteers for a volunteer workday from 1 pm - 4 pm to help clean our ambassadors enclosures by adding new trees, scrubbing, and more! We will also get 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!


**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!


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.