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Holiday OrnamentCenter for Wildlife's Annual Holiday Bazaar!
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-3pm
, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick ME

November 29 & 30, December 13 & 14, and December 20 & 21,


One of our favorite events of the year...enter our magical shop in the forest. Participants can browse nature-inspired gifts like wild-crafted hemlock wreaths, handmade acorn earrings, organic jams, wildlife holiday cards, wildlife baby blankets, beaver-carved walking sticks, Ambassador Series books, and much more. Participants will also get the chance to meet our owl, hawk, falcon, and other ambasadors up-close, tour their outdoor enclosures, and NEW this year take place in an event! Participants can also choose to participate in "The Giving Tree", and choose an item to donate from our wishlist. Below is a schedule of events, we hope to see you there!

 


  • 11/29 & 11/30: Environmental Fairy Tales Come Alive! We will have readings of "A Christmas Owl" and "A Winter Solstice Celebration" at 1pm and 2pm. Gather under our educational pavilion, enjoy hot cocoa and cider, listen to these great tales, and meet some of the animals from the book!

  • 12/13 & 12/14: Take your Holiday Photo with an Ambassador! Fun for all ages, participants at the Bazaar will have the chance to get their photo taken with one of our wildlife ambassadors for a $5 donation. No doubt you may have one of the only holiday photos with a native wild animal in it!

  • 12/20: Ugly Sweater Contest! Come shopping in your favorite and outrageous holiday sweater. We'll take photos and hold a contest on Facebook. The winner with the most votes and "ugliest sweater" will win a gift certificate to the family friendly Portsmouth Brewery in downtown Portsmouth!

  • 12/21: Photos with Santa! Meet Santa under our educational pavilion. Participants will get the chance to take photos with their version of Santa...traditional or nature-inspired props are available like reindeer antlers and bird-nest beard. You choose! Photos with Santa are a $5 suggested donation, and participants will need their own camera.

This event is FREE and open to all ages. All proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar go directly toward our work medically treating injured wildlife this fall and winter. Feel free to email us with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

 

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.**

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owl prowl- nature walkNature Discovery Walk: Owls!

Saturday, December 20th, 3:30-5:30pm, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Get outside with wildlife this winter! Join CFW educators for this fun, new series: Nature Discovery Walks. Meet under our education pavilion for the chance to meet a resident ambassador, then head into the woods to discover the wildlife around us. On Saturday, December 20th, find out whooo is living in the woods around us, the owls! Learn about native owls, their ecology and natural history, and practice your owl calls.

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

adult owl prowl“Whooo’s There Series: Adult Winter Owl Prowl”

Friday, January 2, 5:30-7pm, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

After a very successful last year of owl prowls, CFW is offering an owl prowl series. Join us for our winter owl prowl to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the program, we’ll practice our calls and head into the woods to listen for whoooo is flying in the night!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

 winter wildlife Winter Wildlife Shenanigans with Mount A

Monday, Jan 5, 5:30-8pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

There's a full wolf moon tonight, a time when many wildlife are restless and on the move! Join CFW educators and nocturnal ambassadors inside the Learning Lodge to learn about the different critters running around at night. We'll learn about their adaptations, natural history, and then head out to explore the trails in the moonlight to see who is out and about!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

Winter Wildlife WalkNature Discovery Walk: Winter Wildlife!

Saturday, January 10, 9:30-10:30am, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Get outside with wildlife this winter! Join CFW educators for this fun, new series: Nature Discovery Walks. 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, January 10th, learn about the many ways local wildlife survive the winter; from fur coats, to migration, and more! Following the program, search for wintering birds, tracks, and more in the woods around us. We may even build a den!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

Feb Owl Prowl"Whooo's There Series: Adult Winter Owl Prowl"

Friday, February 6, 5:30-7pm, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

After a very successful last year of owl prowls, CFW is offering an owl prowl series. Join us for our winter owl prowl to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the program, we’ll practice our calls and head into the woods to listen for whoooo is flying in the night!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

owl moonOwl Moon

Wednesday, February 25, 5-6pm, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Bring your sleeping bags and join us under our education pavilion to read the classic children’s book by Jane Yolen, “Owl Moon”. Following the reading of the book, stay for the chance to meet some of our owl wildlife ambassadors up close! Our educators will share with you what owls are doing this time of year and all of the adaptations that make owls such amazing birds!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

let's make a nest!Nature Discovery Walk Series: Let's Make a Nest!

Saturday, February 28, 9-10:30am, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Get outside with wildlife this winter! Join CFW educators for this fun, new series: Nature Discovery Walks. 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, February 28th, get ready for baby bird and baby mammal season by learning about the many wild animals who nest. Following the program, stick around to make a nesting ball to take home!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

march owl prowl"Whooo's There Series: Family Winter Owl Prowl"

Friday, March 6, 5:30-7pm, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

After a very successful last year of owl prowls, CFW is offering an owl prowl series. Join us for our winter owl prowl to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the program, we’ll practice our calls and head into the woods to listen for whoooo is flying in the night!

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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!

 

 

wildlife rescue 101: springWildlife Rescue 101: Prepare for Spring!

Saturday, March 21st, 10-11:30am, Center for Wildlife Pavilion, 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.

 

There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly toward our work with native wildlife. 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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