Things to do: Outdoors, April 7, 2011

Posted April 06, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — Karen Alexander, project coordinator for the University of New Hampshire’s Gulf of Maine Cod Project, will present a free talk at 4 p.m Thursday, April 7, on Historical Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine for College of the Atlantic’s Marine Policy Speaker Series. The talk is at McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St. For information, contact  CHRISP@coa.edu or call 288-5015, 801-5715.

BELFAST — The popular Bird Bus sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and the Waldo County YMCA, will run several spring trips for participants to view our returning feathered friends. The Tuesday, April 12, jaunt will tour the Belfast vicinity including the Sears Island Causeway. On Tuesday, April 26, the bus will travel to the Weskeag Marsh and the Tuesday, May 17, outing will focus on warblers in the Belfast area. Each trip will last 3½ hours, 8:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $12 per person per trip and payment is due at registration — no later than the Friday before each scheduled trip. To reserve a place on these trips, call the YMCA at 338-4598.

FREEPORT — L.L. Bean will conduct its free Spring Sports Weekend April 8-10, celebrating Maine’s favorite springtime activities such as paddling, hiking, camping, biking and geocaching. There will be demonstrations, clinics and seminars for all skill and interest levels, as well as activities specifically for kids and families. A variety of interactive camping sites will be set up in Discovery Park and there will be special promotions on select camping, biking and paddling equipment.

For information, visit http://www.llbean.com/freeport or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

FREEPORT — L.L. Bean will host the Maine National Wild Turkey Federation Open Calling Contest at 2 p.m. April 9 on the patio of the Hunting and Fishing Store featuring some of the best turkey callers in New England. The winner will receive a $500 L.L. Bean gift card and qualify for the National Wild Turkey Federation Nationals. Any form of man-made calling is allowed. Contestants will perform their best rendition of five wild turkey calls. A $10 entry fee and NWTF membership is required. For information, email nwtf@maine.rr.com.

GUILFORD — A state-approved hunter safety course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 11-14 at Piscataquis Community High School. Call 277-3115.

HOPE — A state-approved ATV course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 7 and 11 at the Knox County Fish & Game club’s Beaver Lodge. Call 236-7800, ext. 274, or register online at www.fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

LINCOLNVILLE — The Lincolnville Boat Club offers sailing lessons to all ages and skills on Norton Pond using Vanguard 420s, which are simple enough to be operated by two students with limited experience, as well as a keel sailboat at Lincolnville Beach. The club is gearing up for the season and interested students should contact the club at 975-4916 or email: info@lincolnvilleboatclub.com to sign up for lessons.

ORLAND — Take a casual walk in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands at 1 p.m Sunday, April 10. Meet at South Gate (Route 1 just south of Route 176 in East Orland for this roughly 3-mile moderate walk to a beaver dam. The walk will be on gravel roads; bring sturdy footwear (you’ll encounter some mud) and snacks. All ages welcome. For information, call 223-5039.

OLD TOWN — Old Town adult education will hold a state-approved hunter safety course 6-9 p.m. April 11-14 at the high school. Call 827-3906.

THOMASTON — Understanding Meteorology and Marine Weather, a course to present basic principles of meteorology for boaters, will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 9-10 at Marine Systems Training Center, 60 Main St. The course will help provide a foundation for the mariner to understand common weather systems covering such topics as structure of the atmosphere; basic Meteorological concepts; midlatitude high and low pressure systems; fronts; and upper air concepts analysis. The fee is $425. For information, contact Stacey Palmer at 354-8803 or visit www.marinesystemstraining.com.

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