Bats Are a Threatened Species, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, York County Audubon meeting at the Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Free illustrated talk by Tom Cowland, who will emphasize Maine’s migratory species and relate concerns for these beneficial flying mammals.

Hunter Safety Training sponsored by the Waterville Elks 905 will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at 76 Industrial St., Waterville. Contact Vince Vaughn at 716-2177.

Children Need Wild Places, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Gorham Middle School. For parents and children ages 5-12, to gather ideas and information to inspire you and your family to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer in Maine. For more information, go to Event is free but registration is required.

Inland Woods Trail opening celebration, 9-11 a.m. Saturday (rain date: Oct. 9). Inland Hospital along with partners CeMeNEMBA, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails and Waterville Parks & Recreation invite the community to explore new and revitalized trails in the heart of Waterville now open to the public. Easy access to the adjoining Pine Ridge Recreation Area. For more information, go to or call 861-3292.

York County Audubon field trip to Fryeburg Harbor, 8 a.m. Saturday, Fryeburg Harbor. Leader Bob Crowley. Meet at the church at the intersection of Harbor & McNeil Roads, Fryeburg. Contact Joanne Stevens, 883-647, for more information.

Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor will take place from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. This birding trip takes place aboard the Friendship V and will cover over 100 miles, heading all the way Down East. The registration fee is $120 for members and $150 for non-members. To register call 781-2330, Ext. 209, or e-mail [email protected]

Pond Ecology Course, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Chuck Dinsmore, a Damariscotta zoologist, and Gary Hayward, Maine Guide, join forces for this course on Little Dyer Pond. Paddling and fishing are available and encouraged. Wear good hiking footwear for the mile walk in. All equipment provided. You must have a current fishing license to fish. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the event. Suggested donation for HVNC supporters is $10, all others $15. For more information or to register visit or call 586-6752.

Maine Coastweek, the Georges River Land Trust and Friends of the Weskeag are co-sponsoring Coastal Clean-Up day from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the South Thomaston public landing for a short orientation meeting and will then clean up nearby coastal areas. Participants should wear waterproof boots and bring gloves. Call 594-5166 for more information.

Looking ahead

The Chewonki Foundation will host the Wilderness Artist Retreat with Colin Page Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at its sporting camp on Fourth Debsconeag Lake near Greenville. For more information, call 882-7323.

Autumn sea kayaking weekend, Oct. 1-3, Appalachian Mountain Club Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown. Wet suits/dry suits and good sea kayaking skills required. Lodging and three meals. $80 AMC members ($90 non-members). Call Gail Fensom at 603-244-2500 or e-mail [email protected]

Maine Audubon will host Apple Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Discover how Maine’s wildlife prepares for the coming winter. This event is free of charge. For more information, go to

The Kennebec Land Trust will celebrate the release of the book, “Between Person and Place: Conservation Histories from the Kennebec Land Trust,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at Sturtevant Farm Scenic Area in Fayette. For more information, call 377-2848 or go online to

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Hike and Mushroom Hunt, 1 p.m. Oct. 3, Messalonskee Stream Trail, Kennedy Memorial Drive, Oakland. Local mushrooming experts will lead a hike and give tips on collecting edible mushrooms. Please bring a brown paper bag for gathering. People of all ages welcome; held rain or shine. No charge but donations will be accepted. For more information, go to

Hunter Safety Course, sponsored by the Winslow Fire Department, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, and from 8 a.m.-4;30 p.m. Oct. 9. Contact Don Perrine at 660-6382 to register.

Maine Audubon will host a special presentation, Mission Wolf, on Oct. 18 at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. There will be two programs, one beginning at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Mission Wolf is a remote sanctuary for wolves in Colorado. Two live gray wolves and a wolf-dog hybrid will be at the presentation. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register call 781-2330, Ext. 209, or e-mail [email protected]

Hunter Safety Course, Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 21, and from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. To preregister, call Russ Corson at 474-5361.

Maine Guide Training Program at the Skowhegan Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan, Dec. 2-5. The course prepares students for taking the state’s licensing exam for recreational, hunting and fishing guides. The cost is $475 per person, and a $200 deposit is required upon registration. For more information or to register, contact Carroll Ware at Fins and Furs Adventures at 474-5430.


L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools are offering Walk-On Adventures every Saturday and Sunday. Each class costs $20. No experience is necessary. Register in advance by calling 1-877-755-2326 or at the Outdoor Discovery Schools kiosk at the flagship store in Freeport. L.L. Bean will also offer scenic guided kayak tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. until Columbus Day. Evening sunset, moonlight and women’s only tours are also available. All tours are $59 per person.

Weekly Bird Walk, Thursday mornings at Gilsland Farm, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 7 a.m., $5 for Maine Audubon members, $8 for nonmembers. All skill levels. Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet in the visitor center parking lot. 781-2330, Ext. 209.

The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center offers canoe and kayak rentals from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends in September. For nonmembers, it is $16 per hour, $23 for an hour and a half and $30 for two hours. For Maine Audubon members, it’s $15 per hour, $22 for an hour and a half, and $29 for two hours. Call 883-5100 or visit scarbmarsh to learn more.