Native American Market, 10 a.m. in New Gloucester
The sixth annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, America’s only active Shaker Community. More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basket making, stone carving, bark etching, bead work and jewelry. There also will be featured performances of drumming, traditional dancing and story telling by Micmac spiritual leader David Sanipass. This is the largest gathering of Wabanaki artists in southern Maine. The celebration is free for visitors and will be held rain or shine. The Shaker Village is located on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road). For more information, go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.
Tree Identification, 2 to 4 p.m. in York
Mount Agamenticus is a natural mixing ground where southern and northern forests meet, and as a result is home to many tree species. Join local naturalists and come learn about the trees on this coastal mountain. Travel the Big A trail, as well as the Summit Staircase and the Rising trails. Learn to identify common species of native trees using a variety of clues. A $5 donation is suggested for the hike. Meet at the Learning Lodge on the top of the summit, accessed from Mt. Agamenticus Road off Mountain Road. To reserve a spot, call 361-1102 or email [email protected]
Birds, raptors and bugs, in Freeport
Freeport Wild Bird Supply is turning 10 years old, and as a thank you for the community interest in its bird walks, hawk watches and nature trips, store owners are celebrating with programs throughout the weekend at their Freeport store at 541 Route 1. The lineup begins Saturday with a free bird walk at 8 a.m. In the afternoon, Chewonki will give a presentation on bugs and another on owls. To learn more, go to www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com.
Avian Ecology, 9 a.m., Sept. 16, in Jefferson
Hidden Valley Nature Center and the Biological Research Institute are offering a demonstration on mist-netting, a common method for capturing birds. Learn about local bird ecology with a special emphasis on annual migrations, diseases and other threats to bird populations. Patrick Keenan, BRI’s outreach director, will share personal experiences of his involvement in research and talk about the work the institute is doing in Maine. The class runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Suggested donation is $12. Register at www.hvnc.org/registration. A rain date is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18.
Send calendar items to Deirdre Fleming at [email protected]