Outdoor fun slated in Brewer

Posted June 18, 2010, at 9:07 p.m.

     The Outdoor Family Fun Day is scheduled today at the Penobscot County Conservation Association at 570 North Main St. in Brewer.

   The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is no admission charge, but children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

   Some of the day’s activities include a canoe trip, fly casting, a rescue dogs demonstration, archery and geocaching information.

 
     What’s bugging you?

  The Merryspring Nature Center will host “What’s Bugging You,” an insect biology, integrated pest management, and Asian Longhorn Beetle interactive program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

   Mark Darlington of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help attendees identify bugs — feel free to bring a bag of bugs you’ve found — and provide advice on how to handle insect problems in the home, backyard or farm.

  The program is free, but those wanting to participate are asked to sign up by calling Rebecca Jacobs at 273-2005, ext. 101.

  Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden.

 
     Auction for wooden decoys today

  Fifteen wooden decoys from a private collection will be offered through a silent auction to support conservation of farms, forests, and wildlife habitat. The decoys will be up for bid 4:45 p.m. today at the Celebration of the St. George River, a fundraiser to benefit Georges River Land Trust in Rockland.

  The diverse set of hand-carved decoys includes classic and contemporary designs from carvers in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland and California. The featured carvers include J.H. Whitney, Paul Hopkins and Doug Hiserodt, a winner at the 2009 Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition.

  Tickets may be purchased for $75 from Georges River Land Trust at 8 North Main St. in Rockland, online at grlt.org, or by calling 594-5166.

  To submit an item for publication in the Outdoor Notebook, send e-mail to jholyoke@bangordailynews.com, fax to 990-8092 or mail information to Outdoor Notebook, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402-1329.

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