April 3, 2011

Outdoors Calendar

Hunter safety course, Monmouth Fish and Game, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and April 11 and 13; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The course covers 14 hours of required materials, plus three hours of strongly recommended work. Attendance at all classes is required. Register by calling Doug Beck at 513-6772. Registration fee is $10. 

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Jillian Beland of Augusta displays a 15-inch brook trout she caught at Moosehead Lake during a family trip in February.

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Devon Dobbins Manson caught this 41⁄2-pound salmon after watching everyone else in her party of four catch fish. It was the biggest catch of the day.

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Woodcock Walks, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, led by Paul Dest. Walk the Wells Reserve at Laudholm at sunset to watch the aerial courtship sky dance. Cost is $5 for York County Audubon Society and Laudholm members, $7 for non-members. Preregistration is required. Call 646-1555 to reserve your space. 

Bird migration presentation, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friends Community Room at the Rockland Public Library, co-sponsored with Mid-Coast Audubon. Naturalist Bill Goodwill will discuss types of bird migration, preparations for the journey, finding the way, flight plans, hazards and delays, winter homes and finally the return. Free. For more information, call 594-0310. 

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Great Maine Bike Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10, University of Southern Maine's Sullivan Gymnasium, 66 Falmouth Street, Portland. Sponsored by Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Bikes for sale should be dropped off at that location between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on April 10. Buy or sell a bike or do both. There will be test riding, exhibits by local bike shops, food and drinks for sale and more. Admission is $3, free for students at the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, University of New England and Southern Maine Community College, and for children 12 or younger. A small commission on all sales supports the coalition's work to improve bicycling in Maine. For more information, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511. 

Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, group walk, 1 p.m. April 10. Meet at the South Gate (Route 1 just south of Route 176 in East Orland) for this roughly 3-mile moderate walk to a beaver dam. We'll be walking on gravel roads; bring sturdy footwear (you'll encounter some mud) and snacks. All ages welcome. For more information, call Connie at 223-5039. 

Maine Guide Training Program, Skowhegan Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan, April 14, 15, 16 and 17. The course prepares students for taking the state's licensing exam for recreational, hunting and fishing guides. The cost is $475 per person, and $200 deposit is required upon registration. Contact Carroll Ware at Fins and Furs Adventures at 474-5430. 

Introduction to GPS and geocaching, 9 a.m. to noon April 15, Anderson Learning Center, Springvale. This workshop presented by the Maine Forest Service will cover all the basics and will include an outdoor session. GPS units will be provided for class use. Space is limited to 24 and the cost is $10. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your own bag lunch and join a walk to find nearby geocaches from noon to 1 p.m. To register, call Melissa at 324-0888, ext. 214, or email info@yorkswcd.org. Co-sponsored by York Count Soil & Water Conservation District and 3 Rivers Land Trust. 

Trail & Beach Cleanup Day at Craig Brook Hatchery in Orland, 9 a.m. to noon April 16. Volunteers are invited to help tidy up trails and beaches of trash and winter debris at the fish hatchery. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers or handsaws, and meet at the hatchery parking lot. Friends of Craig Brook will provide refreshments. Groups are welcome -- to register a group or for more information, please call Richard Hero at 359-8999 or email richardhero@midmaine.com. 

York County Audubon field trip, April 17, to Green Point Wildlife Management Area in Dresden with Mike Fahay. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Burger King in Saco to carpool, or meet at the green shed at the Green Point entrance at 8:30 a.m. This trip will focus on finding migrating waterfowl and will involve driving. For more information, call Pat Sanborn at 781-9837. 

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