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Upcoming Public Events & Programs

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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

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


The Center for Wildlife presents “Eyes Like a Hawk with Mount A!”
Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Location: Mount Agamenticus

Best bring your binos for this one! Meet live CFW raptors and learn about the annual migration. Mt. A flyway viewing follows. Join CFW and Mount A for our popular “Eyes Like A Hawk” program to learn about which birds are migrating and why so many can be seen from Mount A.

This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person. Space is limited (this event filled up quickly last year!) and reservations are required, so please email Katie to reserve your spot today! We hope to see you there! 

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


The Center for Wildlife presents "Why Do We Need Toads?"
at Coppal House Farm!

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Location: Coppal House Farm

After you explore Coppal House Farm's Toad maze, join CFW educators and ambassadors to learn about the different wild species who rely on healthy toad populations. From barred owls who live around vernal pools, to the box turtles who roam the forest floor, many wild friends are connected to toads.

To learn more, please visit Coppal House Farm's website: http://www.nhcornmaze.com/

Contact: Coppal House Farm 
Phone: (603) 659-3572

BioBlitz ChickadeeThe Center for Wildlife is at the Seacoast Science Center BioBlitz
Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Location: Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne State Park

BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day. BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.
BioBlitz is from 6 am to 5 pm.  It offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.  BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.  If you are not up to scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.
At noontime, join us under the tent for a program presented by the Center for Wildlife. Learn about their rescue and release program and get up close to some of amazing creatures who are unable to be released back into the wild.
Participate in a special squid dissection session at 3pm and learn about the squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology, hands-on. There is a $5 fee for squid dissection; please sign up when you register.  The total number of species identified since our first BioBlitz in 2003 tops 2,131 and continues to grow every year. This valuable catalogue serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region. Your participation will not only help us monitor biodiversity, it will also help us provide countless educational opportunities for school children, families and groups.
BioBlitz is $10 per person or $30 per family (up to 6 people). Seacoast Science Center members are FREE! Join todayand save.
Please register in advance to allow us to prepare to offer you the most rewarding experience
To register go to: http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/events/bioblitz/


The Center for Wildlife presents "Raptors, Reptiles, and Mammals"
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
 D.A. Hurd Library

Meet CFW educators and non-releasable wild animal ambassadors to learn about the amazing world of raptors, reptiles, and mammals! We will examine how these animals use special "tools" and adaptations for survival, such as the hawk's talons, the turtle's shell, and the snake's tongue. What kind of equipment do they need to hunt and hide? Are they nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular? Carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores? Are they really ruthless killers or delicate ecosystem balancers? Raptors and Reptiles will answer these questions and more.

To learn more, please visit the website below. 
Phone: 207-676-2215
More Info: http://www.da-hurd.lib.me.us/ 
Contact: Corinee
Email: hurdchild@msln.net


Annual Fall Fun Farm Day at Hilton-Winn Farm!
Saturday, October 8, 2016 
Location: Hilton-Winn Farm
Join The Center for Wildlife and their beautiful ambassadors to celebrate Fall at Hilton-Winn Farm’s Annual Fall Fun Farm Day!

The Center for Wildlife presents “Halloween in Nature, “ at Mt. A!
Saturday, October 15, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Mt. Agamenticus, York, ME

Ever wonder what those bumps, howls, hoots and screeches in the night really are? Come find out with our friends from the Center for Wildlife! Be sure to wear your Halloween costumes and you’ll be able to take a picture with our live animal ambassadors. We will meet at the Learning Lodge for a program with the ambassadors, then grab your flashlight and join us on a twilight hike, calling for owls and listening for other animals that go bump in the night! Reservations required along with a $7 suggested donation.
Contact: Katie
Email: fellow@thecenterforwildlife.org.
Phone: 207-361-1400


Wild Forest Management Partners with York Land Trust at Highland Farm
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 10:00pm - 12:00pm 
Location: Highland Farm

Come and meet some of our wild ambassadors who help us manage forests naturally!  Gray squirrels help plant our oak trees, porcupines help manage growth of trees, and they don’t ask for anything in return!  Explore beautiful Highland Farm and learn about our wild partners!

Education Program Owls of Harry Potter at Portsmouth Public Library!
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 11:00pm - 12:00pm 
Location: Portsmouth Public Library

Description:  Come and enjoy Harry Potter Day at the Portsmouth Public Library with costume contests, trivia, potions class, Mollivander’s wand shop, face painting, photo booth, wizard food banquet and more!  Meet our beautiful owl ambassadors up close and personal at our program from 11 – 12!  We look forward to seeing you there!


Center for Wildlife Volunteer Workday!
Saturday, October  29, 2016 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Location: The Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME

Fall season is upon us, and we're excited to continue a busy season of on-site tours, programs, and visits! Help us prepare our ambassadors' enclosures and onsite facilities to greet the hundreds of community members who join us to learn about local wildlife each summer. 

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. We'll take a break in the middle of the day for a pot-luck, so please feel free to bring a dish to share! Participants will also have the chance to meet and learn about some of CFW's non-releasable ambassadors!

Volunteer workdays are held the last Saturday of the month from May - October. Reservations are required to attend, so please email Katie fellow@thecenterforwildlife.org please to reserve your spot today! 


Beaver Moon Adventure presented at Mount Agamenticus!
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm 
Location: Mt. Agamenticus

Join the Center for Wildlife & Mount A staff for a presentation with live animal ambassadors and an adventure guided by the light of the full beaver moon. Learn how busy beavers prepare for winter, their important role in the ecosystem, and other wildlife night-time antics. Presentation and hike recommended for ages 10+; $7 suggested donation.  Contact Katie fellow@thecenterforwildlife.org to register.




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.