Geocaching Festival today will get families seeking

Merryspring Nature Center in Camden will host the second annual Geocaching Festival for families from 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Geocaching is the outdoor adventure game of hiding and searching for treasure boxes with the assistance of a Global Positioning System receiver.

The free festival will offer activities suitable for novices as well as experienced players, and participants will be able to learn how to best use their GPS units.

Trinkets will be offered for placement in discovered caches, but feel free to bring your own fun items to leave in the treasure boxes.

If you do not own a GPS unit, several will be available to borrow.

Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden.

For more information, call 236-2239 or visit the website at


Spectrum center offers sea kayak outing on bay

A sea kayaking tour in Muscongus Bay, hosted by Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.

Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell, co-owner of MidCoast Kayak and a registered Maine Guide, will lead the trip, and kayaks and gear will be provided.

The cost is $30 and the registration deadline is Monday. Call 563-1363.


Snowy Egret Day at marsh brings day full of activities

Snowy Egret Day on Saturday at the Scarborough Marsh will offer activities and learning for all ages.

The day-long event, co-sponsored by Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Friends of Scarborough Marsh, will include naturalist-led canoe tours and bird walks, clam digging demonstrations, a book sale, crafts for children, an early morning photography workshop, exhibits from the Scarborough Historical Society, mural making and a walk led by the Eastern Trail Alliance.

Programs will take place at the Audubon Center on Route 9/Pine Point Road as well as other locations around the marsh.

For a schedule or more information, call 883-5100 or go online to


Dam removal is focus of talk and tour Thursday

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Chewonki Foundation offer an opportunity for the public to learn about the scheduled removal of Lower Montsweag Brook Dam.

Don Hudson, past president of Chewonki, and project manager, Dan Creek, will lead a discussion at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chewonki campus in Wiscasset. After the talk participants are invited on a guided tour of the dam site.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is in the midst of a multi-partner effort to identify and survey barriers to migrating fish and aquatic organisms in Merrymeeting Bay and the Lower Kennebec River watershed, which includes Montsweag Brook.

To reserve a spot for the talk and tour, e-mail [email protected] or call 442-8400. 

Tour de Farms bike ride, barbecue set for Aug. 22

The 12th annual Tour de Farms bike ride will be held on Aug. 22. Riders can choose 20-, 50- or 100-mile rides through the scenic Sheepscot River Valley and midcoast Maine to support the Morris Farm Trust.

At the end of the bike ride, there will be a barbecue featuring local foods that is open to the public.

The Morris Farm is located at 156 Gardiner Road in Wiscasset and is open to visitors seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

To register or for more information, go online to or call 882-4080.


Land trust to lead hike into Oyster River Bog

Join the Georges River Land Trust for a nature hike into the Oyster River Bog to identify bog plant life on 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Naturalist Wanda Garland and GRLT volunteers Ida and Gary Clarke will lead the hike into the bog, where participants will investigate and identify a variety of plant species in this moist ecosystem.

Attendees should expect to do some bushwhacking and be comfortable walking in wet conditions.

The Oyster River Bog, also known as the Rockland Bog, is a 700-acre wetland noted for its rich diversity and is a focus area of the Maine Natural Areas Program of the state’s Department of Conservation. The bog is home to tufted club-rush, dwarf huckleberry and the rare dragon’s mouth orchid.

Due to the sensitivity of this type of ecosystem, the hike is limited to 20 people. To register and receive directions to the meeting location, call 594-5166.


Disabled veterans selected for controlled moose hunt

Five disabled Maine Veterans were selected through a lottery to receive permits for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s controlled moose hunt in Aroostook County.

Four alternates also were selected during a special lottery drawing barbecue on July 23 in Lee. The lottery was hosted by Paul and Deanna House, whose son Sgt. Joel House was killed in Iraq in 2007, and Bill Emery, whose son Sgt. Blair Emery also was killed in Iraq in 2007.

The controlled moose hunt takes place from Aug. 16 through Sept. 25 and is not part of Maine’s annual recreational hunt. It is a targeted and focused effort to respond to farmers’ concerns about crop depredation and to address concerns about high incidences of moose/vehicle collisions along Routes 1 and 161.


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