November 10, 2013

Best Bets

SATURDAY

Arboretum Observations 7:30 a.m. from Brunswick

Join Merrymeeting Audubon at Viles Arboretum to search for some late migrants and year-round birds. The group will then travel to the Maine State Museum to see the natural history and conservation exhibits. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Hannaford in Brunswick or 8:15 a.m. at the Arboretum. For more information, call 373-0336 or 729-8661.

TUESDAY

Fly Tying Talk 6:30 p.m. in Yarmouth

Join the Sebago Trout Unlimited chapter at Yarmouth’s First Parish Church for a seminar on fly tying with moderator Rod McGarry and featured tier Dick Soucy. Tying gear will be available for those who need it. Free and open to the public. For more information, email flyrodmcgarry@gmail.com.

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. Go to www.yorkcountyaudubon.org to learn more.

Birding in The County Nov. 19, 7 p.m., in Brunswick

Join Merrymeeting Audubon at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick for a presentation on birding “The County” with Bill Sheehan. The author of a comprehensive Northern Maine Birding Blog, Sheehan also is a specialist of birds of Aroostook County. For more information, call 807-3679.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday Walkers 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. This hike is moderate in difficulty and about three miles. Registration is not required. The group will meet at the Route 96 trailhead. For more information, call 633-4818.

- Compiled by Deirdre Fleming

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