Things to do outdoors

Posted May 18, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.
Last modified May 18, 2011, at 1:54 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — Free training for volunteers to learn how to identify the Asian long-horned beetle and the emerald ash borer offered 9 a.m. to 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. More about ALB at www.albmaine.org; and EAB at www.emeraldashborer.info.Email the following information to Karen Coluzzi atkaren.l.coluzzi@maine.gov or call 207-287-7551:  Name, phone number, email address, affiliation (organization or employer).

ELLSWORTH —  Maine Lyme, a newly formed 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, till take questions, and information will be available, including real (dead) ticks, brochures and handouts. For information contact, the library at 667-6363 or on Facebook search for MaineLyme.

HOLDEN — Spring Fest,  a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and Endangered Species Day, at Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 20. Activities include bird walks, bird banding, live owls from Birdsacre, a children’s activity area, yoga and more. For information, contact Tara Thornton, program director, Endangered Species Coalition, P.O. Box 334, Litchfield 04350, or call 268-2108 or 504-2705, or visit www.stopextinction.org.

JEFFERSON — Wildflowers and pancakes at Hidden Valley Nature Center Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22. First in series of flower talks 1-5 p.m. Dr. Dan Townsend, biology professor at University of Scranton, will introduce students to identification and taxonomy of herbaceous and woody flowering plants. 8-10 a.m. Sunday is a fundraising breakfast at Alna Store. Cost $10. For information, visit www.hvnc.org, email gary@hnvc.org or call 586-6752.

ORLAND — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is sponsoring Friday morning warbler and wildflower walks around Orland and Bucksport, 7:30-9 a.m.

Friday, May 20, we will walk Silver Lake Trails in Bucksport; meet naturalist and GPMCT executive director Cheri Domina at the Town Garage on Central Street. Friday, May 27, meet at Wildlands south gate on Route 1 (just south of the Route 176 intersection) in East Orland; we will drive in and hike the Hothole Brook Trail to Bump Hill, a glacial boulder field. Friday, June 3, we will visit Paul Liebow’s property on the Penobscot River, 450 River Road in Bucksport (across from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses). Features woods, shoreline, old fields and a small pond, with many flowering trees. Bring binoculars and bug spray for these moderately easy strolls. Call 469-2008 or email info@greatpondtrust.org for more information on these walks.

SEARSMONT — Join Georges River Land Trust and Trout Unlimited 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 21, for a fly-fishing demonstration. Learn how to fly-cast or improve skills at Canal Path in Searsmont. Bring boots and fly rod if you have them. Training suitable for adults and children 10 and older accompanied by adult. Event open to public and free to members of GRLT or $10 fee required. Limited to 15 people. Call GRLT office at 594-5166 by May 19 to register.

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