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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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Center for Wildlife and several partners have formed Gateway to Maine: Outside! FMI, click on the logo.


Tuesday Afternoon Summer Tours
Every Tuesday afternoon 2:00 – 3:00
The Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, 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.

To make a reservation please email Emily at emily@thecenterforwildlife.org. We hope to see you there! 

Contact: Katie
Email: fellow@thecenterforwildlife.org
Phone: 207-361-1400

Docent toursSummer Docent Tours
Select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September
The Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Description Come and get a guided tour from one of our knowledgeable Docents!  They will fill you in on our work here at the Center for Wildlife and share some of the amazing natural history facts in regards to our ambassadors.  You can shop in the gift shop at the Docent station or you could be one of the lucky first folks to rent a “Get Outside with Wildlife” explorers kits and explore!

Visit the calendar on our website for more information www.thecenterforwildlife.org


Center for Wildlife Open House 2016, “Wild Like Me!”
Sunday, September 11 11-3 PM

"He's crazy as a loon!"  "You're moving at a turtle's pace!"  "Why are you pecking at your food like a bird?"   "She is as graceful as a swan!"  "He swims like a fish!"  "That guy is as sly as a fox!"  You have probably heard these similes or even used them.  It's funny that in many ways we connect personally with our wild neighbors, but are so disconnected in others.   Many times people trap and relocate animals, breaking up families or leaving young animals helpless.  There are so many amazing strategies that can be implemented and tried ranging from simply shining a light or leaving a radio on to have unwanted visitor move  to electric fencing to help keep unwanted friends out of the garden.  When it comes to sharing our habitat and cohabitating with our wild neighbors, sometimes things get lost in translation, and the animals are just doing what it takes to survive.

This event hosts the community at the Center for Wildlife and gives the public a chance to meet the staff, volunteers, and live ambassadors at our biggest awareness event of the year.  Click here for the day’s programming and times. 

The day includes:

  • Tours of our baby bird room to observe wildlife rehabilitation in action
  • Wildlife releases
  • Nature crafts and activities
  • Face painting
  • Education Programs
  • CFW Raffle, including personal experiences with some of our amazing animal ambassadors
  • “Baby Shower” table where folks can drop off urgently needed donations for the hundreds of baby animals we see each year
  • A photo opportunity with our wildlife ambassadors – BYOC (bring your own camera)

We will be joined by partners in the field of wildlife medicine, research, education, and conservation including the Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Program, White Pine Programs, Seacoast Science Center and others at their booths and activities. 

There is a $5.00 suggested donation for this event, with proceeds going directly to help fund our work in helping over 1,700 injured and orphaned animals each year.  The Center for Wildlife receives no state or federal funding for our work, and we greatly appreciate your support! 

We hope to see you there! 


RRM Exeter LibraryThe Center for Wildlife presents "Raptors, Reptiles, and Mammals" at Exeter Public Library!
Wednesday, July 27th  1:00-2:00 pm
 Exeter Public Library, 4 Chestnut St, Exeter, NH 03833

Focusing on animals that live in Maine, we will provide an in-depth introduction to the unique differences between raptors, reptiles, and mammals. Do snakes have fur? Do rabbits have scales? Are birds "cold-blooded"? Why do opossums have pouches? How do each of these animal groups adapt to our changing seasons? Meet CFW educators and live animal ambassadors at the Exeter Public Library for this fun program!

For more information, please visit http://www.exeterpl.org/


Beach FunaticCenter for Wildlife at the Beach Funatic
Friday, July 29     4:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Beach Funatic, 2 Railroad Ave, (Short Sands) York, ME 03909

Visit with CFW educators and ambassadors on the Beach Funatic porch! Our educators will be share about our work with local wildlife, introduce visitors to a couple of our permanently disabled ambassadors, and share hands-on displays and materials.


Wells Reserve RRMThe Center for Wildlife presents “Raptors, Reptiles and Mammals"
Wednesday, August 3          1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells, ME 04090

Focusing on animals that live in Maine, we will provide an in-depth introduction to the unique differences between raptors, reptiles, and mammals. Do snakes have fur? Do rabbits have scales? Are birds "cold-blooded"? Why do opossums have pouches? How do each of these animal groups adapt to our changing seasons? Meet CFW educators and live animal ambassadors at the Exeter Public Library for this fun program!
For more information please visit http://www.wellsreserve.org/


The Center for Wildlife presents “Maine Birds of Prey”
Saturday, August 6      2:00 – 3:00 pm
South Freeport Congregational Church Blueberry Festival, 98 S Freeport Rd, Freeport, ME 04032

What is the difference between a hawk and a falcon? Do we have vultures in Maine? What is our smallest owl? What is our largest hawk? Where do they live? 

Join CFW educators and non-releasable Bird of Prey ambassadors at the Blueberry Festival to answer these questions and more. We'll explore native bird of prey natural history, ecology, and the personal stories of CFW's non-releasable ambassadors. 


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.