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Neighborhood Bird Walks scheduled

Posted May 03, 2011, at 10:06 p.m.

Free Neighborhood Bird Walks are being sponsored by Fields Pond Audubon Center and the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon. Dogs are not allowed. Beginning walkers are welcome. The events will be held 7-8:30 a.m.

• Friday, May 6: Levenson Property, Carmel, leaders Laura Levenson, Elizabeth Payne. Take I-95 to exit 174; right for a mile on Route. 69; right on Hinckley Hill Road.; meet 3/4 mile on right.

• Tuesday, May 10: Indian Trail and Penobscot County Conservation Association, Brewer, leaders Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski. Meet at Penobscot County Conservation Association, North Main Street.

• Wednesday, May 11: Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, leaders Jim and Kathy Zeman.

Meet in parking area inside State Street entrance.

• Thursday, May 12: Sunkhaze Meadows NWR, Johnson Brook Trail, Milford, leader Paul Corcoran. Take County Road 8 miles from U.S. 2 in Milford. There is a parking lot. This is a 2.5-mile loop, muck boots recommended. See http://www.sunkhaze.org for directions and trail maps.

• Friday, May 13: Kenduskeag Stream Trail, Bangor, leaders Hope Brogunier, Joni Dunn.

Meet in second parking lot upstream of intersection of Valley Avenue and Bruce Road.

• Saturday, May 14: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, leaders Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith. Meet in parking lot.

• Monday, May 16: Avalon Village, Hampden, leaders Judy Markowsky, Jean Adamson, Veronika Schlerf. Meet at parking lot at end Foxglove Drive off Route 1-A.

• Wednesday, May 18: Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor, co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust, leaders Bob Milardo, Elizabeth Payne. Meet at BLT kiosk on Kitteridge Road just before power lines.

• Thursday, May 19: Essex Woods, Bangor, leader Julie Keene. Meet in parking lot at end of Watchmaker Road.

• Saturday, May 21: Walden Parke Preserve, Bangor, co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust, leaders Judy Markowsky, Hope Brogunier. From Essex St., turn onto Walden Parke Way, then right on Tamarack Trail to end.

• Monday, May 23: University of Maine, Orono, leader Sandi Duchesne. Meet in rear of University Credit Union parking lot on Rangeley Road.

• Tuesday, May 24: Saxl Park, Bangor, leaders Gordon Russell, Jane Rosinski. Meet in Cascade Park parking lot off State Street.

• Thursday, May 26: West Penjajawoc Preserve, Bangor, co-sponsored by Bangor Land Trust, leaders Lucy Quimby, Paul Corcoran. Meet at dead end of Fox Hollow Lane, off Essex Street.

• Friday May 27: Technology Park, Orono, leaders Jerry Longcore, Jim Bird. Meet in parking lot behind Microdyne Building, Godfrey Drive.

For information, call 989-2591.

Trail Day in Orono

ORONO — Maintaining several miles of hiking and walking trails throughout Orono, Veazie and Old Town takes a lot of “hands on” hard work. The Orono Land Trust invites local residents, youth groups, scouts and others to assist with trail maintenance at several locations on “OLT Trail Day” beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7.

People of all ages are needed to help at a variety of volunteer assignments, such as spreading wood chips on trails, repairing and painting the Orono Bog Boardwalk, picking up trash accumulated over the winter, and clearing brush along trails.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, wear sturdy footwear and long pants and, if possible, bring along tools such as rakes, pitchforks, shovels, loppers, bow saws or hammers, depending on the work assignment.

To learn more about work locations and assignments available, call Gail White at 866-0041.   Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

The Orono Land Trust was created in 1986 and owns, protects or manages nearly 1,000 acres of land in Orono, Old Town and Veazie. The trails are maintained for non-motorized use, including walking, birding, skiing, snowshoeing, geo-caching and bicycling. To learn more visit http://www.oronolandtrust.org.

Golf ‘Fore’ Women

BREWER — The Brewer Parks and Recreation Department is offering Golf “Fore” Women, a four-lesson program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 19, at Pine Hill Golf Club.The fee is $55 for Brewer residents, $65 for others. For more information or registration details, call 989-5199.

New ‘Friends’ group

ORONO — Boardwalk volunteers have announced the formation of Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk. The organization will help promote the wise use of the boardwalk and assist with its financial future and operation, as needed.

Members also will help develop and operate additional programs and events to increase public awareness and ongoing support.

The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a 1-mile boardwalk loop trail that begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line into the University of Maine-owned part of the bog in Orono.

Along the way, it passes through changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog. Visitors come to the Boardwalk for family outings, physical fitness, nature viewing, photography and solitude.

Last year, the Boardwalk was host to some 30,000 visitors, including more than 1,000 schoolchildren who received guided educational tours. The Orono bog was designated a registered national landmark in 1974, and is one of only a few peat bogs accessible by boardwalk in the state.

For information, contact Jim Bird at 581-1697 or jim.bird@umit.maine.edu.

Birding on Bump Hill

ORLAND – Bring your binoculars to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands on Sunday, May 15, for an early morning bird walk on the newest trail, Bump Hill. Naturalist and Great Pond Executive Director Cheri Domina will lead the walk, meeting at 7:30 am at the South Gate on Route 1 in East Orland, just south of Route 176 intersection.

Participants will drive in to the Hothole Brook Trail and walk on gravel roads, crossing over Hothole Brook, then take an excursion up the short Bump Hill trail into a rocky boulder field. Bring sturdy shoes, binocs, bug spray and a camera. Call 469-2008 or email info@greatpondtrust.org for more information or if weather looks inclement.

Warblers and wildflowers

ORLAND –- Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will sponsor a series of Friday morning Warbler and Wildflower walks around Orland and Bucksport 7:30-9 a.m. starting May 13.

Meet naturalist and Great Pond Executive Director Cheri Domina for the first walk at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland. Bring binoculars and bug spray for this easy stroll. Call 469-2008 or email info@greatpondtrust.org for more information on this or future walks.

Annual Spring Fest

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will hold its annual Spring Fest, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the center.

This year’s activities will include bird walks, bird banding, live owls from Birdsacre in Ellsworth, live goats from Olde Oak Farm, a children’s activity area and yoga. Those of all ages are invited to get out in nature and spend some time at Fields Pond. Support is provided by Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Events are free, but donations are appreciated. The schedule is:

• 7-8:30 a.m. Bird walk with Bruce Barker, Jerry Smith.

• 8:30-11:30 a.m. Bird banding with master bander Rad Mayfield.

• 9-10 a.m. Mixed level yoga.

• 9-11 a.m. Birding by ear, walk with Steve Coleman, for visually impaired community and everyone interested in bird songs.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cheese sale and live goats with Olde Oak Farm.

• 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Discovery Room: “Destination Migration for Families.”

• 10 a.m.-noon. Children’s activity area with Penobscot River Restoration Trust and Endangered Species Day enthusiasts.

• 11 a.m.-noon. Insect walk with Philip Stack, entomologist.

• 11 a.m.-noon. Music by the North Woods Balladeer.

Noon-1 p.m. Birdsacre Live Owls program.

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