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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!

**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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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.

 

 

 

 

Turtles and Terrariums workshopTurtles and Terrariums: Native Turtle Activity and Terrarium Workshop!

Saturday, June 13th, 10-11:30am, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME

It’s time for turtles to make their trek to ancestral nesting grounds, and there are plenty of easy ways to help them this season! Join CFW educators and ambassadors to learn about native turtles’ natural history and meet a couple of local representatives up close! Following the presentation, stick around and put together a terrarium complete with natural items found in our turtles’ habitat!

 

This event has a $12 suggested donation and is open to all ages. All plant and soil materials will be provided by the CFW, but please feel free to bring a container to house your newly designed ecosystem. Reservations are required to attend. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Volunteer Workday 3CFW Volunteer Workday

Thursday, June 25th, 1-4pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Are you looking for a fun way to get involved with CFW? Have you been interested in supporting our work by volunteering but would like to learn more? Our volunteer workdays help you give back to the ambassadors you know and love while learning more about our work with local wildlife!

 

Volunteer workdays are open to able-bodied community members of all ages (anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult). Activities may include: scrubbing enclosures, pulling weeds and planting native fauna, replacing natural materials in enclosures. Participants will also have the chance to meet and learn about some of CFW's non-releasable ambassadors! Reservations are required to attend. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!


 

Birds of a FeatherFamily Friday Series: Birds of a Feather!

Friday, June 26th, 5:30-7:30pm, 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 June 26th, learn which native songbirds use nest boxes, how they raise their young, and what to do if you find a baby bird on the ground. Following the presentation, stick around to build a nest box to take home!

 

The program has a $5 suggested donation per person, and nest box workshop has a $20 suggested donation per nest box. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Center for Wildlife at Kittery Trading PostCenter for Wildlife at Kittery Trading Post's "Celebrate Summer" Event

Saturday, June 27th, 10-12pm, Kittery Trading Post, 301 US Route 1, Kittery, ME

Learn about CFW's work with local wildlife at Kittery Trading Post's Celebrate Summer event. CFW will have an information table inside the store near KTP's seminar room with opportunities to learn about our work, touch hands-on displays and materials, and even meet a few of our non-releasable ambassadors! Kittery Trading Post is one of Center for Wildlife's biggest local business supporters, and we hope to see you there. Click here to visit KTP's website and learn more abour this great family event.

 

Summer Wildlife at Postmouth Harbor LighthouseCFW presents: "Summer Wildlife Adaptations" for Family Weekend at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse!

Saturday, July 4, 2-3pm, Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, Newcastle, NH

Learn about wildlife activity this summer with Center for Wildlife educators and ambassadors! When do raptors begin preparing for migration? Why are so many turtles crossing roads? Join us at the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse for the chance to meet live, non-releasable wild animal ambassadors and learn about local wildlife. Click here to learn more, and we hope to see you there!

 


CFW Volunteer Workday

Saturday, July 11th, 1-4pm, CFW Pavilion, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick ME

Are you looking for a fun way to get involved with CFW? Have you been interested in supporting our work by volunteering but would like to learn more? Our volunteer workdays help you give back to the ambassadors you know and love while learning more about our work with local wildlife!

 

Volunteer workdays are open to able-bodied community members of all ages (anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult). Activities may include: scrubbing enclosures, pulling weeds and planting native fauna, replacing natural materials in enclosures. Participants will also have the chance to meet and learn about some of CFW's non-releasable ambassadors! Reservations are required to attend. Please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!

 

bat box workshopAdventures in Nature Series: Aerial Bug Squad!

Saturday, July 18, 10-12pm, Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

Have you spotted any bats flying around in the evenings? After spending the winter in hibernation, native bats have finally emerged to snack on insects and raise their young! Join CFW educators and big brown bat ambassador to learn about these amazing flying mammals, their struggles with White-Nose Syndrome, and how you can help them this season. Following the presentation, stick around for a bat box building workshop to help provide new habitats for your backyard. The hardware will be provided, but please bring any tools (drills, hammers, staple guns, etc.) as our resources are limited.

This program has a suggested donation of $7 per person. The bat box building workshop has a suggested donation of $20. Reservations are required and space is limited, please Emily to reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there!

 

Center for Wildlife Owl ProgramCFW Presents: "Owls" at Wells Reserve!

Wendesday, July 22nd, 1-2pm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME

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. Click here to learn more, and we hope to see you there!

 

 

Mammals of Maine Family Friday SeriesFamily Friday Series: Mammals of Maine!

Friday, June 31st, 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 July 31st, we'll learn about the mammals who call Maine home. Many mammals are raising their young and some young are beginning to explore their independence. Learn which species you might spot in your backyard, what they're up to this season, and what you can do to help!

 

The program has a $5 suggested donation per person 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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