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Things to Do Outdoors

Posted May 13, 2011, at 4:11 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — Acadia Birding Festival June 2-5 on Mount Desert Island and beyond. Nonprofit event designed to bring birders together with knowledgeable birding guides and speakers (this year Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson, both of Cape May, N.J.), for four days of bird walks, boating trips, workshops, socials, evening presentations. Register for as little as one event, or pick and choose a variety.To learn more, go to http://acadiabirdingfestival.com.

BAR HARBOR — Free training for volunteers to learn how to identify Asian long-horned beetle and emerald ash borer 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Abbe Museum. The aim is to train people to help spread awareness about these pests. Participants will be asked to conduct at least three outreach activities in their communities this summer. Visit www.albmaine.org; and www.emeraldashborer.info. Email information to Karen Coluzzi atkaren.l.coluzzi@maine.gov or call 207-287-7551.

BATH — In celebration of the 15th annual Paddle for Pine Tree Camp this year’s trip will be on June 4 with a trip around North Pond, followed by a barbecue. Maine Guides and expert volunteers to escort trip of about 1½  hours. All money raised goes to Pine Tree Camp, a summer camp for Maine children and young adults with disabilities. To register or for information go to www.pinetreesociety.org, call 207-443-3341 or email paddle@pinetreesociety.org.

BROOKS — State-approved boating course at Brooks Fire Department 6-9 p.m. May 17 and 19. Call 568-3426.

ELLSWORTH — Maine Lyme, a new nonprofit whose mission is to decrease the prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses through prevention, education and advocacy, will present a talk at Ellsworth Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19. After a PowerPoint show, Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, an expert on the disease, will take questions, and information will be available, including real (dead) ticks, brochures, handouts.  For information contact the library at 667-6363 or on Facebook search for MaineLyme.

HOPE — State-approved boating course at Knox County Fish & Game club’s Beaver Lodge, 6-9 p.m. May 16 and 18. Call Vic McCallum at 975-4447 or register by email at mainelyretired@yahoo.com.

ORLAND — Bring your binoculars to Great Pond Mountain Wildlands on Sunday, May 15, for early morning bird walk on Bump Hill. Naturalist and GPMCT executive director Cheri Domina will lead walk, meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Wildlands South Gate on Route 1 in East Orland (just south of the Route 176 intersection). We’ll drive to Hothole Brook Trail and walk on gravel roads for much of the hike, crossing over Hothole Brook, then take an excursion up short Bump Hill trail into a rocky boulder field. Bring sturdy shoes, binoculars, bug spray, camera. Call 469-2008 or email info@greatpondtrust.org for more information or if weather looks inclement.

PALMYRA — Central Maine Outdoor Expo on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at the Palmyra Community Center, Route 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Come see new ATVS, boats, fishing gear, sporting goods dealers, guides, wildlife artists, have your deer rack scored, and more. Maine’s largest collection of African mounts with more than 30 animals formerly at Smithsonian Institution. Adults $5, children 10-16 $2 or free with hunting license, children under 10 free.

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