April 6, 2013

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Spotlight on Owl Expert

6:30 p.m. April 16, Wells

York County Audubon is hosting a talk about owls by Norman Smith. Since 1981 the naturalist has spent countless nights in every imaginable weather condition, observing, capturing and banding snowy owls at Boston's Logan International Airport. Most recently, satellite transmitters have been attached to owls to learn more about their movements. The program is free at Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road. To learn more, go to www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.


GPS Lesson

9 a.m. in Bath

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is offering a tutorial in how to use a global positioning system. Join the land trust's Chris Cabot for a basic lesson and then an exercise through the Thorne Head Preserve in Bath. A limited number of GPS units are available for loan during the workshop. All are welcome. No cost. Registration is required by Monday. Call 442-8400 or email bkolak@kennebec estuary.org to sign up. For more information, visit www.kennebecestuary.org.


Salamander Saturday

6:30 p.m. in Hinckley

The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley has a host of outdoor lessons for youth during school vacation week. The first will be a celebration of "big night," the first night-time warm spring rain that causes both frogs and salamanders to migrate to spring vernal pools, where the amphibians breed. While people cannot predict when the first warm rains will take place, enthusiasts at the museum will visit a couple spots this night to look for early amphibians. Meet at the museum for a night walk to nearby vernal pools. Bring a flashlight and mud boots. Other outdoor programs will be held at the museum throughout the following week. For more information about the L.C. Bates Museum's April programs, call 238-4250 or lcbates@gwh.org, or go to www.gwh.org. The L.C. Bates Museum is located on Route 201 in Hinckley.

- Compiled by Deirdre Fleming


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