November 3, 2013

Best Bets

 SATURDAY

Family Hike

10 a.m. in Boothbay Harbor

Families are invited to join Boothbay Region Land Trust on a kid-friendly hike that will explore the natural world. Family hikes average one mile and are about one hour. The walks are canceled only in dangerous weather conditions. Registration is not required, just meet at the trailhead on Route 96 in East Boothbay, 3.8 miles from the traffic light near Hannaford in Boothbay Harbor. For more information, call 633-4818.

UPCOMING

Wednesday Walkers

Nov. 13 in Boothbay Harbor

The Wednesday Walkers is an open group of hikers that meets each week at a different preserve throughout the midcoast. Everyone is welcome to hike the new Pine Tree Preserve with Boothbay Region Land Trust environmental educator Tracey Hall. This hike is considered moderate in difficulty and is approximately three miles. Registration is not required. The group will meet at the Route 96 trailhead. For more information, call 633-4818.

UPCOMING

Blue Heron Stories

Nov. 19, 7 p.m., in Wells

York County Audubon is hosting a lecture about Maine’s largest colonial wading bird and its close relatives. The great blue heron is often touted as one of the most widespread and adaptable birds in North America. Here in Maine they are widespread, but data has suggested a decline in their breeding population along the coast. Concerns over a population decline prompted the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to conduct a comprehensive survey of breeding colonies in 2009 and to begin a statewide adopt-a-colony program called the Heron Observation Network. The evening program is free and open to the public. Go to www.yorkcountyaudubon.org to learn more. 

– Compiled by Deirdre Fleming

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