Sports news Sept. 15

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

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Fall Paddle on Stevens Pond

LIBERTY — Join the Georges River Land Trust for a guided paddle on Stevens Pond in Liberty 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Charles Hudson, volunteer for the land trust and Liberty Lakes Association, will lead the excursion. Local bird enthusiast and land trust volunteer Douglas Prescott will be on hand to point out and discuss avian species of interest to the group.

Paddlers of canoes and kayaks will meet at 10 a.m. at the public landing on Route 173, one mile south of Liberty Village and 0.4 miles south of the junction of Trues Pond Road and Stevens Pond Road. Wear comfortable clothes, bring your boat, binoculars, lunch and bug repellent. Rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 18.

For more information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, http://www.grlt.org/ , email info@grlt.org or call 594-5166.

Birds of prey program

ROCKLAND — The Coastal Children’s Museum, 75 Mechanic St., will host a bevy of birds of prey 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the museum. Barbara and Tomm Tomlinson will bring their live owl and hawk program to the museum. The event will include fun facts, bad jokes and fascinating animals. The show is aimed toward children and their families.

The Tomlinsons presented wildlife shows and ran Wild-Haven Inc. wildlife center in North Carolina for 15 years before moving to Maine. Birds that will be on show will be Miss Bernie, a barred owl, Banshee the barn owl, and Ripley (believe it or not), a red-shouldered hawk.

The special event will be held upstairs at the museum. Tickets cost $3. Call 596-0300 or email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org to reserve tickets.

Low-tide walk

ROCKLAND — The Coastal Children’s Museum will lead a low-tide walk and discovery workshop at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Sandy Beach in Rockland. Al Petterson, who ran the museum’s science series this summer, will introduce children to life in the ocean.

Sandy beach is located on Ocean Street and there is no telling what species will be found on the tidal discovery walk. Petterson will show and tell children and their families about tidal zones, habitats and the importance of the ocean.

There will be no transportation to and from Sandy Beach, but there is parking on Ocean Street. Families will meet there for the low tide at 9 a.m. Sandy beach is a protected beach, and creatures found there will be left in their homes on the beach.

Petterson has been working on the water for 23 years as a lobsterman in Maine in the summer and as a volunteer for the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in Florida in the winter. He runs boat, kayak and wading trips in the Charlotte Harbor area, concentrating on educating the next generation about the importance of protecting marine environment for the future.

The workshop is free, but registration is appreciated. To register, email the museum at info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org, or call or stop by the office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The new office number is 596-0300.

For more information about the Coastal Children’s Museum and on coming events visit, http://www.coastalchildrensmuseum.org/.

Hike

MONTVILLE — Join Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance board member Buck O’Herin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a 2.5-mile hike through a variety of mature forest habitat in Montville. The route includes the land trust’s two newest trails, Hemlock Hollow Trail and the Eric Bruun Trail. Meet at the Whitten Hill parking lot on Halldale Road, 1.6 miles from the south junction of the Halldale Road and Route 220. For more information, call O’Herin at 589-4311. Sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.

Paddle

PALERMO — The Sheepscot Bog is accessible from the southeast corner of Sheepscot Pond and is a mosaic of many wetland types, encompassing 1,300 acres. With Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, paddle into the bog’s remote and quiet interior that includes a large kettle pond by way of Deadwater Slough. The paddle will take place 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Bring your own kayak or canoe. The event is free and open to the public. The Sheepscot Bog Paddle is co-sponsored with the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association. For more information, contact Buck O’Herin at buckoherin@fairpoint.net or 589-4311.

Family-friendly hike

MONTVILLE — Join JoAnna Greenwood and Buck O’Herin of Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance for a hike 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct, 23. This is a family-friendly hike that will be at an easy pace. The route will go past old-growth trees and a colonial dam and millworks. Meet at the Northern Headwaters Trailhead at the top of a four-wheel-vehicle driveway that is 2.5 miles from the south junction of Route 220 and Halldale Road. For more information, call JoAnna at 722-3749.

Hike

MONTVILLE — Hike the Goose Ridge Trail with Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance’s Buck O’Herin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike that promises good views, weather permitting. For more information, call O’Herin at 589-4311.

Family fun day

NORTHPORT — The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will hold a family fun day Saturday, Sept. 17, at Knight’s Pond in Northport. This is the first of the monthly outdoor events planned for the 2011-12 season.

Activities will include swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking and socializing. Hike up Ducktrap Mountain or take short walks along the shore. Bring water, picnic lunch, swimsuit and towels, sunscreen, lawn chair, canoe, kayaks and whatever your family needs for a picnic day at the beach.

Meet anytime after 10 a.m. at the beach-boat launch on Beech Hill Road and stay as long as you want. For more information call 338-1147. The outing is free and open to the public.

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