August 18-21, 2019
Discover how to make your property irresistible to birds and pollinators! This three-day session focuses on enhancing wildlife habitat on properties large and small. Presentations by entomology professor Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will emphasize restoring natural relationships between native plants and insects, and offer tips for attracting insects that in turn attract birds. Dr. Tallamy’s entomology perspective will complement bird perspectives from Audubon’s Dr. Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds who will discuss the co-evolution of native plants and native birds, and provide tips for creating bird-friendly habitats that mimic native plant communities, without using harmful pesticides.
Other instructors include Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens plant curator Andy Brand, who will share his gardening knowledge about native plants, and wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins, who will provide tips on enhancing larger properties such as forests and meadows, and on obtaining funding from government programs for attracting birds to private properties. All information is easily transferable to properties everywhere.
The session also will include practical tips on creating water features, nest boxes, and roosting structures, as well as on making your home and gardens safer for birds. Also included are field trips to local homes and gardens where landowners will demonstrate their success in improving bird habitats. The session concludes with a special tour of the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens. For a detailed sample itinerary of this session, click here. To share the program flyer you can download or print it from here: Creating Bird-friendly Habitats flyer.
Prices: Below are listed per person and include meals, housing, instruction, and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.
$595 Standard Room: twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$695 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$895 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$895 Roseate Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$895 Eider room - 2 twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$895 Guillemot room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$895 Blackburnian room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$895 single room in Porthole Lodge, shared bathroom
$1095 The Helm cabin, private cabin with full bathroom, queen bed, deck, ocean view (dbl occupancy; option for three available)
Doug Tallamy, Author and Professor
Deb Perkins, Wildlife Ecologist and Proprietor, First Light Wildlife Habitats
Andy Brand, Plant Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Daniel Ungier, Director of Education and Interpretation, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens