January 22, 2018
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Bangor plant raises fourth ‘batch’ of Atlantic salmon

Atlantic salmon

BANGOR, Maine — The city of Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant has announced another successful raising of Atlantic salmon — the fourth “batch” to be raised in the 180-gallon tank in the lobby of the administrative building at 760 Main St. The program is intended to help educate the public about clean water and the valuable role wastewater treatment facilities play in protecting the environment.

The salmon arrived from Craig Brook Hatchery on Sept. 8, 2010, as par. During the last eight months they have transformed into smolts, the stage when they migrate from fresh water to the ocean. Every week, plant employees remove 8 gallons of water and replace it with 8 gallons of treated effluent — the end product discharged into the Penobscot River after the wastewater is treated biologically. The salmon appear to thrive in the treated effluent, and no fish have been lost from the four batches.

The Penobscot Riverkeepers, an organization that provides on-the-river experiences for schoolchildren, brings students to the Wastewater Treatment Plant each year in May, coordinating this year’s salmon release with their May 17 visit. The Riverkeepers arrived by canoe with 19 students from the AP biology class at John Bapst Memorial High School. The students released the salmon into the river from the facility.

Planting chestnuts

ORLAND, Maine — The Bucksport Area Narramissic Friends Society is sponsoring the planting of two dozen American chestnut seedlings in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands this month. The Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation is providing the seedlings, which were grown from Maine stock by Bangor resident Glen Rea, chapter president and chairman of the National ACF board.

Site location and soil preparation is being supervised by Wildlands forester Roger Greene, with prep scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, rain or shine. Volunteers are needed to help dig holes. Meet at the Wildlands South Gate on Route 1 in East Orland. For information, contact the Friends (Quakers) at 469-3423 or Cheri Domina at 469-2008.

Summer Day Camp

Bangor Parks and Recreation is registering Bangor youngsters for Summer Day Camp, which will be held eight weeks, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, June 27–Aug. 19.

Bangor residents pay $95 a week or $25 a day; others pay $110 a week or $30 a day with a minimum of three days a week. Nonresident registration begins June 1. Discounts are given for additional children in the same family.

Children entering kindergarten through second grade attend Fourteenth Street School. Those in grades three through six attend Fairmount School. Activities include a field trip to Jenkins Beach, a performance from magician Dan Baker, Carnival Day and a trip to Funtown in Saco. For more information,  call 992-4490 or visit http://www.bangorparksandrec.com.

Fun at Great Pond

ORLAND, Maine — Activities scheduled at Great Pond Mountain Wildlands are:

• Spring stargazing sponsored with Penobscot Valley Star Gazers Club, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Mountain Wildlands, South Gate on Route 1. Bring blanket or light chair and warm clothing; binoculars, star charts, telescopes, planispheres are welcome. Carpooling recommended. Email info@greatpondtrust.org or call 469-2008.

• Two-mile moderate walk with Connie Tuller, 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, Dead River Gate, a half-mile beyond hatchery on Don Fish Trail. Bring sturdy footwear and breakfast. All ages welcome. For info, call Connie at 223-5039.

• Warbler and Wildflower walk, Bucksport, 7:30-9 a.m. May 20, Silver Lake Trails; meet Cheri Domina at Town Garage, Central Street.

• Warbler and Wildflower walk, East Orland, 7:30-9 a.m. May 27, Wildlands South Gate, Route 1. Hike Hothole Brook Trail to Bump Hill, a glacial boulder field.

• Warbler and Wildflower Walk, Bucksport, 7:30-9 a.m. June 3, 450 River Road. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Call 469-2008 or email info@greatpondtrust.org for information.

Reading the landscape

HOLDEN, Maine — Put your naturalist skills to the test by interpreting the clues in the landscape of Fields Pond, led by Matt Dubel, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 21, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. 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 cost is $10 members, $12 others. Advance registration is required at 989-2591.

Tree identification workshop

HOLDEN, Maine — Join University of Maine’s forest vegetation instructor, Steve Sader, for a tree ID walk  1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. Learn to use a summer plant key to identify unknown species. Sader will demonstrate how to collect, press and dry a plant specimen with his homemade plant press. Participants will learn to build their own plant press. Bring along binoculars if you have them. Cost is $10 members, $13 others. Advance registration is required at 989-2591.

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