May 23, 2018
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Things to Do Outdoors

By Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine —This month’s full moon, a “super moon” because it is closer to Earth than it has been in nearly 20 years because of its elliptical orbit, is cause for a Super Moon Watch 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Reid State Park, Georgetown. Arrive by 7 p.m. to join park manager Samantha Wilkinson for a moonlight beach walk. Night activity will be limited to Griffith Head and Mile Beach; regular admission fees will apply. Park will close at 9 p.m. For information and weather conditions, call the park at 371-2303.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Weekly bird walks at College of the Atlantic. Meet at George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, 105 Eden St., 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, March 30-June 1, to search nearby trails and college pier for common and uncommon birds of the region with student naturalist Anna Stunkel. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if possible. All ages welcome.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Sean Hall will present a free talk and slide show, “The Breathtaking Beauty of Newfoundland,” on Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, 9 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at MDI YMCA, 21 Park St. The park offers wilderness backcountry hiking on the North Rim of Western Brook and the Long Range Mountains. There are no trails — just you, the map, a compass and the breathtaking beauty of Newfoundland. E-mail Wellness Director Lisa Tweedie at, call 288-3511 or visit

EAST ORLAND, Maine — Spring Wildlands Walk, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Celebrate vernal equinox with 3-mile moderate hike to a beaver dam. Meet at South Gate on Route 1. Bring snowshoes if conditions warrant. Call Connie at 223-5039 or visit

FREEPORT, Maine — Some of the biggest names in fishing will be at L.L. Bean Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, for L.L. Bean’s annual Spring Fishing Weekend. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Emily Whitlock, Tim Rajeff, Dave Klausmeyer and others, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the store. Other highlights: free fly-casting lessons, kids’ activities, demonstrations, clinics, seminars, presentations by Maine Professional Guide Association and L.L. Bean experts. Visit or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Victory Motorsports Maine 100 Cross Country Snowmobile Race, Saturday, March 19, Junction Wharf, Moosehead Lake. New this year, IHTP Maine Amateur Championship open to all amateurs, any state, winner take all. Race course is a combination of lake and land with great spectator viewing. Admission $5. Call Tom at 695-4543, e-mail or visit

HOLDEN, Maine — Fields Pond Audubon Center director Matt Dubel will lead exploration of patterns and designs found in nature, snowflakes to pine cones streambeds to fiddleheads, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, Fields Pond Audubon Center. Gather in Discovery Room. Suitable for whole family. $8 for member family, $10 for nonmember family. Call 989-2591.

ORONO, Maine — Time for an owl prowl. Owls are most active in March, establishing pairs and territories. Join Fields Pond Audubon Center staff and assistant professor Brian Olsen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, as they go into the woods to hear and possibly see feathered nocturnal beauties. Bring a flashlight. Call Fields Pond Audubon Center for specific directions. Cost is  $5. Advance registration required. Call 989-2591.

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