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Things to Do Outdoors: Thursday, May 23, 2013

BAR HARBOR — Join College of the Atlantic senior Anna Stunkel in her weekly journey around campus and to the College of the Atlantic pier in search of the birds of spring during a bird exploration, 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 5. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. Rain or shine. Meet at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic, North Entrance, 105 Eden St. Free, open to the public, all ages welcome. For information, email astunkel@coa.edu or call 288-5395.

BELFAST — Book launch for “This Cider Still Tastes Funny!” by former Maine game warden and sheriff John Ford, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Waldo County YMCA. Free and open to the public. Drinks and desserts available. For information, call 338-4598 or visit waldocountyymca.org.

BUCKSPORT — Birding event, two-hour paddling adventure with Cheri Domina, 7 a.m. Saturday, May 25, starting at Silver Lake boat landing, Silver Lake Road. Enjoy warblers, waterbirds and fishing osprey. Bring sunscreen and bug repellant, canoe or kayak, and life jackets. Space is limited. Register by calling 469-2008 or emailing cheri@greatpondtrust.org. Rain date is May 26. For weather cancellations, visit greatpondtrust.org.

FREEPORT — Second annual Maine Outdoor Challenge, June 3-5, at L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School. Events include fly casting, GPS geocaching, archery, firearm familiarity and clay target shooting. Team registration is $1,000 or $200 per individual. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the Portland Rotary. Celebratory lobster bake and live auction at Wolfe’s Neck Farm on June 5. Tickets are $40 for non-event participants. Cash bar. For information or to register, call 871-1911 or 874-1069 ext. 227, or email kris_rosado@ml.com or amessinger@bgcmaine.org.

HOLDEN — Two-part program on peatlands that combines an evening presentation and field trip to the Orono Bog, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 24, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25. Ron Davis, professor emeritus, School of Biology and Ecology, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, will lead the program. Cost is $10 for Audubon members and $15 for nonmembers. Limited to 12 people. To register, call 989-2591 or visit maineaudubon.org.

SOLON — The 17th Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Classic fundraiser, designed to help Maine children and adults with disabilities, is Saturday, June 1, starting at Evergreens Campground and ending in North Anson. Two-hour paddle on the Kennebec River concludes with a free celebratory lunch in North Anson. Open to all ages, skill levels and abilities. All paddlers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in support of Pine Tree Camp. For information, visit pinetreesociety.org.

TRESCOTT — Tenth annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24-27, at Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road. The festival brings together the Cobscook Community Learning Center, the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine wilderness guides and ecologists and participants from across the country for one long weekend of birding and fun. Get ready to see Atlantic puffins, Boreal chickadees and much more during the festival’s hikes and boat trips. Community activities and presentations are open to everyone. For information, call 733-2233 or visit downeastbirdfest.org.


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