April 21 Midcoast Beacon sports news

Posted April 18, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.

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Sanctuary cabin available

WALDOBORO — The Pemaquid Watershed Association cabin on the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary at Dutch Neck in Waldoboro still has a few openings remaining for mid-May through September stays. The Wildlife Sanctuary includes two acres of grassy field, nine acres of forest, and 300 feet of tidal frontage on the shore of Muscongus Bay. At low tide, the Medomak River clam flats are revealed, and, downriver from the preserve, a colony of harbor seals make their summer home. Numerous birds, such as black-back and herring gulls, bald eagles, kingfishers, terns and great blue heron, may be seen flying overhead or fishing along the riverbank.

The cabin boasts panoramic views up and down the Medomak River. It is a rustic getaway whose charm is probably most enjoyed by those who love the quiet solitude of nature and do not mind being without common creature comforts for a few days, as it has no electricity or running water. Despite Spartan amenities, it is a comfortable and relaxing getaway, with a well-kept indoor composting toilet, simple yet charming furnishings, and serene surroundings.

For more information, call 563-2196 or visit http://www.pemaquidwatershed.org/cabin.html.

Wildflower walk on Ragged Mountain

CAMDEN — Master botanist Wanda Garland will lead a wildflower walk for Coastal Mountains Land Trust 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday,  April 26, on Ragged Mountain. The leisurely hike will feature views of native and non-native plants found on the mountain, with a focus on spring wildflowers.

This event is free and open to all, but group size is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is required. Call the Land Trust at 236-7091 to sign up for the outing and learn where the group will meet.

Garland grew up in northern Maine and has taught botany for more than 40 years at the high school, college and adult education levels. She has participated in several field research courses at Humboldt Field Research Institute.

Vernal pool filed trip

ROCKLAND — Join the Georges River Land Trust for a field trip to explore vernal pools 1-5 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Dave Marceau, wetlands scientist at Gartley and Dorsky Surveying, will lead the expedition to Weskeag Marsh, which has been protected with a conservation easement. Visit the vernal pools where wood frogs, salamanders and fairy shrimp breed during the early weeks of spring, in otherwise mostly unnoticed wet pockets on the landscape.

Vernal pools, named because they exist primarily in spring, are typically small, isolated and ephemeral, and do not support fish. Therefore, the small amphibians and invertebrates can reproduce with no fish predators.

Participants are encouraged to wear mud boots and should be prepared for extensive exploration.

The event is open to the public and requires advance registration with the Georges River Land Trust. A registration fee of $5 per person is appreciated and will go toward future stewardship of land trust protected properties. Call at 594-5155 to register and receive directions to the site.

The event is co-sponsored with Friends of the Weskeag, a local citizens group interested in promoting the health of the Weskeag ecosystem. The Georges River Land Trust offers this program as part of its Walks and Talks series, provided throughout the year to introduce the community to the wonders of the great outdoors.

Vernal pool, wildflower walk

WASHINGTON — Hidden Valley Nature Center program instructor Jerry Therrien will lead a vernal pool and spring wildflower walk 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, Earth Day. Therrian, a knowledgable naturalist, is leaving Maine soon to work in the gardens at Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia.

Preregister for the walk by contacting Gary at 586-6752 or gary@hvnc.org. Suggested donation of $5 is requested.

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