Photo contest seeks images of Sheepscot watershed

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is accepting entries until Friday for its third annual “People’s Choice” photography contest.

The contest is open to all who want to share their favorite images from the Sheepscot watershed. Cash prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.

The winning photographs will be determined by popular vote of those attending SVCA’s annual “Champagne on the Sheepscot” fundraising event on Sept. 10 in Edgecomb. The winners will be announced that evening.

Those wishing to enter may submit two photographs of any subject in the Sheepscot watershed. Each photograph (ideally 8-by-10-inch format) must be mounted on 9-by-11-inch foam core and preferably shrink wrapped. To learn more, go to www.sheepscot.org, email [email protected] or call 586-5616.

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a member organization advocating shared stewardship of Maine’s 58-mile Sheepscot River since 1969.


Raft trips free on 9/11 for first responders, military

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Magic Falls and Magic Rivers Rafting Companies will honor and thank active-duty firefighters, emergency personnel and military for the work they do in protecting the lives and property of Americans.

On Sept. 11, the companies will give 150 free whitewater rafting trips on the Kennebec River to these first responders and their families. Reservations must be made in advance and are offered on a first-come/first-served basis. Call 1-800-207-7238 to reserve.

For more information, go to www.magicfalls.com.


Maine Huts maps out birding trails at its sites

Maine Huts & Trails, with the help of wildlife biologist Bill Hancock, has introduced two self-guided bird walks at each of the three Maine hut sites.

The Poplar Stream Hut provides a good base for finding birds of the forest interior, particularly such sought-after boreal species as spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee and colorful wood warblers.

The Flagstaff Lake Hut provides a base for birding Maine’s northern forest. Around the hut, miles of foot trails pass through various-aged stands of deciduous and coniferous forest, skirt lake shores and probe into ponds and beaver flowagess. Paddling the lake by canoe or kayak also provides great opportunities to see water birds.

Birding at the Grand Falls Hut is focused on two distinct habitat types: riparian floodplain forest with scattered large hardwoods, white pine and alder thickets, along the route to the hut; and northern forest dominated by spruce and fir, in which the hut is situated. The bird communities in each are dissimilar as well, providing good opportunities to compile a diverse species list over a period of several days.

For more information, go online to www.mainehuts.org.

— From staff reports