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HOLDEN — From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, enjoy a six-hour round-trip tour from Bangor to Belfast, with stops in Hampden, Winterport, Frankfort, Stockton Springs, Searsport and Belfast. Trip leaders Jerry Smith and John Wyatt and participants will check for waterfowl in open water and winter passerines throughout. There’s little or no walking involved. Bring beverage and snacks/lunch, or eat at the Belfast Food Co-op. Meet at the waterfront parking lot, next to the Sea Dog. The cost is $5, and advance registration is required at 989-2591.

Ski film

ORONO — The Penobscot Valley Ski Club and the University of Maine Outing Club are partnering to present the ski film “One for the Road,” by Teton Gravity Research on Nov. 3 in Room 100 in the D.P. Corbett Building at the University of Maine. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie begins at 7. Tickets are $5 at the door.

“One for the Road” is an HD ski film that follows some of the world’s most progressive snow sports athletes as it documents their lives on the road and captures some of the most stunning riding. Road trips are an integral part of every adventurer’s life and a conduit to define one’s being. Journeys to new lands shed light on each skier’s personal mission. Whether shredding with longtime ski partners or meeting a seasoned character in some far-off country, wisdom is gained through these new experiences. The road trip is a metaphor for every skier’s existence.

Prepare for a visually stunning voyage generated with Phantom, Red, Canon DSLR and GoPro HD footage. Join the athletes as they rock a record-breaking season in Jackson Hole, immerse themselves in the culture of Japan’s powder mecca Hokkaido, discover Iceland’s urban side, explore the Balkan wonders of Macedonia and Montenegro, shred deep pillow lines at Baldface Lodge, uncover first descents in Pemberton, British Columbia, and hit full throttle lines in the perfect snow and weather of Juneau, Alaska.

Restoration effort

BANGOR — A free update on the Penobscot River Restoration Project will be given by Cheryl Daigle at 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Bangor Public Library.

The Penobscot River Restoration Project is a historic effort to restore 11 species of sea-run fish while rebalancing hydropower production. A collaboration among PPL Corp., the Penobscot Indian Nation, conservation groups, and state and federal fisheries agencies, the project will improve access to nearly 1,000 miles of habitat for species such as Atlantic salmon, American shad and river herring. Wildlife throughout the watershed will benefit from healthy migrations of sea-run fish and stretches of free-flowing river. Communities can expect renewed cultural, recreational and economic opportunities.

Daigle is community liaison and outreach coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. For more than 17 years, she has worked with nonprofit organizations to communicate environmental issues to a wide variety of audiences. She received her master’s degree from the University of Maine in 2002.

Bird lecture

ORONO — The 2011 Randy Alford Memorial Lecture will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Page Farm and Home Museum. This year’s lecture will be presented by University of Maine research professor Brian Olsen, whose topic will be “How Much is Too Much: Conserving Birds in an Era of Climate Change.” The program is free and open to the public.

The Alford Lecture is named in honor of one of the University of Maine’s most revered scientists and teachers, who died in 2009. Dr. Alford was an entomologist, though his interests extended into other areas of ecology, agriculture and sustainability. He was noted for the quality of his teaching in classroom, lab and field, and for his mentorship of students and younger colleagues.

This year’s lecturer, Brian Olsen, is on the faculty of the School of Biology and Ecology, where his research focuses on ways in which habitat change and other environmental factors affect individuals and populations of birds.

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