Center for Wildlife
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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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Special Events
Tuesday Afternoon Tours at Center for Wildlife

Center for Wildlife's Tuesday Afternoon Spring/ Summer Tour Series
Tuesdays, June-Sept., 2-3pm, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

It's that time of year again! 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. Email Emily to reserve your spot today!

**New- Docent Drop-in Tours**Wildlife Gift Shop

Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11-1pm

385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

New in 2015, CFW will host trained volunteer docents to engage with and direct visitors, lead tours of our education facilities, and run a small outdoor gift shop complete with CFW merchandise and nature-themed gifts! As our organization continues to grow, we're glad to be able to meet the inspiring demand for our services we see from our community and hope to share our work with everyone who visits our facilities. Docents will be onsite on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the summer and will lead tours on the hour from 11am-1pm. Visit our events calendar to see which dates docents will be onsite!

**SAVE THE DATE**- Wild About our Community Annual Open HouseCenter for Wildlife Open House Event

Sunday, September 13th, 11-3pm 385 Mountain Rd, 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. 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!

**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



Wildlife Art Show

"Ramblings Through Nature" Art Show and Opening Night Benefit

Thursday, May - August, 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 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.



Eastern bluebird phenology program"Seasons Change: Exploring Phenology with Wildlife"

Saturday, August 22nd, 10-11:30am, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Phenology affects almost every aspect of our environment. Changes in bird and mammal nesting seasons, bird migrations, and other phenological events reflect climate change, and observing these changes can lead to a better understanding of what climate change means for our region. As the region's largest wildlife medical clinic, CFW offers a unique look at local phenology and data from our clinic can lend insight into what we can prepare for in the future.


Thanks to grant funding from the Horizon Foundation in Portland, ME, we are glad to kick off our autumn adult workshop series with "Seasons Change: Exploring Phenology with Wildlife" program! Join CFW educators and ambassadors to analyze phenological changes observed in our medical clinic, and then learn how to observe, track, and organize phenological data in your own neighborhoods to inform natural resource conservation!


This program is geared toward adults and is open to participants ages 18+. There is a $7 suggested donation for the program which goes directly to support our work with local wildlife. Reservations are required, Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



Family Friday Program Series Kennebunk Savings Bank Presents: "Family Friday Series- Tales of Scales"

Friday, August 28th, 6-7pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

Get your family outside this summer and explore the wildlife living around us! CFW's Family Friday series will introduce visitors to the natural history and ecology of the wildlife treated in our Wildlife Medical Clinic (*please note: to ensure safe recovery of our patients, our medical clinic is not on public display). With help from our educators and non-releasable ambassadors, join us on the last Fridays in June, July, and August.


On August 28th, learn about native reptiles and the struggles they face. Many fears, misconceptions, and changing habitats have led to a decline in the populations of native reptiles. CFW educators and ambassadors will help dispel fears and myths and share the important roles our scaled friends play in our habitats. This program has a $5 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support our work with local wildlife. 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, September 5th, 1-4pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

The days are getting shorter and fall is sneaking up, so let's gather to help CFW's ambassadors enjoy the end of summer in clean enclosures! Join us at CFW for a volunteer workday to help scrub and rake enclosures, add branches and other natural materials, and fix perches for our permanent residents. Volunteer workdays are great opportunities to support CFW and get a behind the scenes look at our ambassadors and their homes. We'll also take a break for a potluck, so bring your favorite dish or drink to share!


We are looking to lead up to 15 able-bodied volunteers, ages 18+ (unless accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required, Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



Wild Neighbors Adult WorkshopWild Neighbors Adult Workshop

Saturday, September 18th, 11-12:30pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

This workshop is inspired by the many calls to CFW's Wildlife Assistance Hotline from folks interested in the best ways to peacefully coexist with the wildlife in their own backyards. CFW educators and ambassadors will share tips, stories, and demonstrate common interactions with backyard wildlife and how to safely conserve and steward for your wild neighbors. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the seasonal habits of wildlife, tips on safe exclusion, and a personal "wildlife rescue kit" complete with a box, towel, and gloves to help in case of a rescue situation.


This program is open to participants ages 16+, and is recommended for adults. There is a $7 suggested donation, and reservations are required, Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!



Eyes Like a Hawk Raptor Migration ProgramCFW and Mount A Present: Eyes Like a Hawk

Sunday, Sept 27th, 10-12pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick

Join us and learn about which birds are migrating over the top of Mount A. Center for Wildlife’s educators, live animal ambassadors and hands-on displays will provide helpful tips for spotting migrating birds this season and advice for how to keep them safe. Following the program, we will head outside to see who we can spot flying overhead! Each year we spot several different species of raptors including Osprey, broad winged hawks, and American kestrels.


This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person. Space is limited (this event fills up quickly every year!), and reservations are required, 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.