Recreation briefs

Posted May 13, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.

Neighborhood Bird Walks scheduled

Free Neighborhood Bird Walks are being sponsored by Fields Pond Audubon Center and the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon. Dogs are not allowed. Beginning walkers are welcome. The events will be held 7-8:30 a.m.

• Saturday, May 21: Walden Parke Preserve, Bangor, co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust, leaders Judy Markowsky, Hope Brogunier. From Essex Street, turn onto Walden Parke Way, right on Tamarack Trail to end.

• Monday, May 23: University of Maine, Orono, leader Sandi Duchesne. Meet in rear of University Credit Union lot on Rangeley Road.

• Tuesday, May 24: Saxl Park, Bangor, leaders Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski. Meet in Cascade Park lot off State Street.

• Thursday, May 26: West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor, co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust, leaders Lucy Quimby, Paul Corcoran. Meet at end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex Street.

• Friday May 27: Technology Park, Orono, leaders Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird. Meet in lot behind Microdyne Building, Godfrey Drive.

For information, call 989-2591.

Boardwalk programs

ORONO — Eleven guided programs have been scheduled from May to August at the Orono Bog Boardwalk, with more in the planning stages. Most walks meet at the beginning of the boardwalk off Tripp Drive in the Bangor City Forest, unless otherwise noted. Programs are free but preregistration is required at 866-2578 or jim.bird@umit.maine.edu, with “Boardwalk” in the subject line. Scheduled:

• Saturday, May 21, 7-9 a.m. “Birds of the City Forest and Boardwalk” with local birder Paul Markson.

• Saturday, May 28, 7-8:30 a.m. “Short Distance Migratory Birds of the Orono Bog” with Bill Glanz, associate professor of zoology at University of Maine.

• Saturday, June 4, 9-10:30 a.m. “Wildflowers of the Bog: Identification and Ecology” with Ron Davis, boardwalk founder and peatland expert.

• Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-noon. “Poetry Workshop to Create a Symphonic Poem Celebrating the Orono Bog Boardwalk” with Sandra Lynn Hutchison, poetry editor of Puckerbrush Review, instructor at University of Maine. Details on bog website.

For further information on these and other programs or about the Orono Bog Boardwalk, visit http://www.oronobogwalk.org.

New ‘Friends’ group

ORONO — Boardwalk volunteers have announced the formation of Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk. The organization will help promote the wise use of the boardwalk and assist with its financial future and operation, as needed. Members also will help develop and operate additional programs and events to increase public awareness and ongoing support.

The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a 1-mile boardwalk loop trail that begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line into the University of Maine-owned part of the bog in Orono.

Along the way, it passes through changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog. Visitors come to the boardwalk for family outings, physical fitness, nature viewing, photography and solitude.

Last year, the boardwalk was host to some 30,000 visitors, including more than 1,000 schoolchildren who received guided educational tours. The Orono bog was designated a registered national landmark in 1974 and is one of only a few peat bogs accessible by boardwalk in the state.

For information, contact Jim Bird at 581-1697 or jim.bird@umit.maine.edu.

Reading the landscape

HOLDEN — Put your naturalist skills to the test by interpreting the clues in the landscape of Fields Pond to read its story, led by Matt Dubel. Participants will search for evidence of ecological disturbances such as agriculture, fire, logging and storms; piece together the mystery of why Fields Pond looks the way it does, and build skills that can be applied in any forested landscape.

The session is set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 21, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The cost is $10 members, $12 others. Advance registration is required at 989-2591.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

BANGOR — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to support and participate in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake. The event will continue May 13 and 15 at Bangor-Brewer Bowling Center in Brewer; and May 14 and 18 at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor.

The event will raise funds to support Big & Little matches in Penobscot County. The goal is to have more than 100 teams and 400-plus bowlers participate. The Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year, generating 35 percent of the agency’s operating costs. For more information, call 745-1287.

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