December 15, 2013

Best Bets

FRIDAY

Yule Log Hike

10-11:30 p.m. in Boothbay Harbor

Celebrate the Winter Solstice a day early at Boothbay Region Land Trust’s Penny Lake Preserve while gathering natural items for a yule log. Then head to the land trust office to create your log. The yule log has long been a tradition tied to the winter solstice. Since this is the darkest time of the year, the burning of the log celebrates the days getting longer after the solstice. Makes a nice Christmas gift. See thall@bbrlt.org or call 633-4818.

TUESDAY

Moonlight Walk

7 p.m. in Biddeford

Join a moonlight walk on the Biddeford section of the Eastern Trail. Meet at the rear of the Southern Maine Medical Center parking lot. This walk will be exclusively by natural light. Pets are discouraged because the trip leader hopes to encounter wildlife.

Wear sturdy footwear and warm layers. For information, call 283-4487.

TUESDAY

Fishing Fun

7 p.m. in Westbrook

Find out what’s happening with local fisheries from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Francis Brautigam. Trout Unlimited’s chapter meeting will be held at the American Legion Post 62 off Main Street by Riverside Park.

Open and free to the public. See heinz@maine.rr.com.

SATURDAY

Birding Bonanza

8 a.m. in Falmouth

Get out in the cold and participate in the winter snow bird contest at Freeport Wild Bird Supply. The contest was introduced four years ago as a way to encourage people to get outdoors in winter. The Freeport store runs a free Saturday morning bird walk throughout the year, but encourages people to get out December through March through the annual contest. Participants accumulate points based on the temperature at the start of the walk. The colder it is, the more points are awarded. The contest runs through March 29, at which point the top three birders with the most points will receive prizes. Birders meet at the store at 8 a.m. for a short carpool to local birding sites. The caravan will return to the store at 10:30 a.m. No cost. All welcome. The store is located at 541 Route 1 in Falmouth. For more information, call 865-6000, or write freeportwildbird@yahoo.com.

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