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A visit with our Osprey Family

Osprey Family Webcam at Hogs Island

Visitors to the Gilley will be very familiar with the osprey family that we spend almost every day with each summer, via webcam. It's fascinating to watch the eggs hatch and the chicks (the ones that make it) fledge. Plus, their home on Hog Island in Maine is beautiful.

Gilley Members Gallery

Member's Gallery

Our members have been getting creative! Visit our Exhibits page and our Member's Gallery to see some of their wonderful work. Bee Houses and Collages based on our online offerings (learn more on our NEWS page), carvings, and more. More fabulous art coming soon...

Migratory Bird Day and Artist Sherrie York

Sharing this wonderful post about Migratory Bird Day and Printmaking from our friend, artist Sherrie York. She designed the poster for World Migratory Bird Day this year. Check out her video about her printmaking process. As Sherrie says - "Birds and Art just go together"!

Birds & Bees Nature Craft Projects

Check out our new Mason Bee Houses. Easy to make, fun to decorate - a great way to get creative, and to get outside and learn more about bees. Watch a video about the Bee Houses by our museum artist, Steven Valleau here and See pictures of completed houses here. Kits are for local pick up or delivered by mail and include the materials you need. Read more about the kits, and how to order below - and learn more about Solitary Bees below too.

Crazy, Creative Collage!

Below are some excellent online videos and ideas by local artists to get you inspired. Each project is very different, and as you'll see from all of their work, collage is a super fun art form that you can do with scissors, glue, and anything you can glue down. The results can be beautiful and sometimes surprising and can send a positive message. 

Ashley Bryan reads Beautiful Blackbird

Watch this wonderful Video of Ashley Bryan reading his book Beautiful Blackbird and Visit Crazy, Creative Collage here on our website for a video lesson with artists Erika and Sienna Rosso, inspired by Beautiful Blackbirds - and lots of other fun collage ideas by local artists. 

Birds, Nature and Art - ONLINE

Below you will find links to online material and activities about birds, nature, and art. These are especially good resources from some of our friends for learning about the natural world and getting creative. We are also adding some of our own great online art classes and hands-on kits that can be mailed out - stay tuned for more! Click "Expand" to see the list. 

Public Programs for April canceled

Public programs are canceled through the end of April. This is to keep everyone safe and to ensure we are doing our part to make this as short as possible. Many of our programs will go ONLINE check here on our website for details. Stay safe, and follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maine CDC websites for up-to-date information and recommendations.


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