Outdoors calendar for Saturday, April 16

Posted April 15, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

BELFAST — The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition invites the public to view “A Skydance Rendezvous … The Romantic Antics of the American Woodcock” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Belfast Free Library. Naturalist and Registered Maine Guide Mike Shannon, through a slide show, will invite the audience to witness the mysterious and amazing romantic rituals of this normally reclusive bird. The meeting is free and light refreshments will be served.

CALAIS — The adventure recreation and tourism program is holding an evening of cosmic climbing on the indoor climbing wall 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21.  There will be black lights, a light show and far-out music. Admission is $7 for climbers and $4 for spectators, and includes all equipment and training. This is suitable for first-time climbers, kids and adults. Call Adventure Recreation and Tourism student Jon Trevains at 454-1060 for more information.

CALAIS — Adventure recreation and tourism student Ben Collins will show you how to plan for and execute a two-day backpacking trip on a trail during the weekend of April 30-May 1. Topics covered include what to bring, how to pack, basic campcraft, backcountry cooking and planning and travel techniques. Cost is $10 per person. Call 454-1060 to register or for more information.

CALAIS — Washington County Community College adventure recreation and tourism student Greg Hudzina will lead a day of rock climbing on Saturday, April 23. This workshop is open to anyone age 10 and up who is interested in trying rock climbing outside on real rock. Participants will learn basics of climbing and belaying. Cost is $10 per person and includes transportation to and from the climbing site and instruction. Instructors are certified through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. Call 454-1060 for more information or to register.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — State-approved ATV course 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 at Dover-Foxcroft YMCA. Call Woody Thompson at 876-3497.

OWLS HEAD — The Owls Head Transportation Museum is offering free kite-building workshops during school vacation week, April 18-22. Two workshops will be held each day at 10 and 11:30 am. A different style of kite will be built each day: Monday, sled kite; Tuesday, diamond kite; Wednesday, butterfly kite; Thursday, delta kite; Friday, snake kite. Registration is suggested as space is limited, but participants can register the day of the event. Saturday, April 23, is the annual Kites, Bikes and Trikes, A Family Festival. Families are invited to to bring a kite to fly or a bike to ride. For more information call 594-4418 or visit the Museum online at www.ohtm.org.

ROCKLAND — Kyrill “Buzz” Schabert and Tony Oppersdorff will present a slide show and talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Rockland Public Library on their recent book, “Best Nature Sites of Midcoast Maine: Route One Corridor Brunswick to Belfast” (2011, Waterline Books). The book points the way to public preserves along U.S. Route 1 from Brunswick to Belfast, all a few minutes’ drive from the highway. Forty destinations include mountaintops, upland woods, lowland bogs and salt marshes.

ROCKPORT — Join Mid-Coast Audubon Saturday, April 23, for a morning of birding and viewing of the midcoast area from historic Beech Hill in Rockport. Meet at Beech Hill Road parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information call John Weinrich at 563-2930.

WALDOBORO — Join Mid-Coast Audubon’s Don Reimer Saturday, April 16, for a birding trip around Merrymeeting Bay and the Green Point Preserve. Meet at Moody’s Diner at 8 a.m. or Lincoln County News in Newcastle at 8:20 for carpooling. The trip is free to the public. For more information call Don Reimer at 273-3146.

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