Visit with raptors at Maine Wildlife Park

On Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray, staff from Wind Over Wings, a raptor education center in central Maine, will be the featured presenter.

Hope Douglas founded the nonprofit organization about 20 years ago. Recently relocated from Connecticut to central Maine, the nonprofit raptor education center’s goal is to provide audiences with close-up opportunities to see and learn more about our feathered predators.

Live birds featured at the park will include a colorful American kestrel, a diminutive eastern screech owl, a bold common raven and a golden eagle. Learn how each of these bird species is doing as populations in Maine.

All of these birds are ambassadors for their species, overcoming serious permanent injuries to lead them into their lives in education.

The Maine Wildlife Park has over 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 4-12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors.

Spring cleanup at Hacker’s Hill set for May 3

Join Loon Echo Land Trust for a morning of spring cleanup at the popular Hacker’s Hill Preserve in Casco, Saturday, May 3, at 8 a.m. Raking, pruning and preparing the flower beds for planting will be the main objectives. Work will complete around 11 a.m. but feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after working. Volunteers should bring gloves, rakes, bug spray and water.

Loon Echo protects land in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine. Its mission is to conserve the area’s natural resources and character for current and future generations. Loon Echo protects more than 5,900 acres of land, and Hacker’s Hill Preserve is one of seven preserves that are open to the public.

Learn more about Loon Echo by visiting For more information about this work day or other Loon Echo events, contact Stewardship Manager Jon Evans at [email protected] or call 647-4352.

Historical society hosts dowsing workshop

The Raymond-Casco Historical Society presents “Dowsing”(finding water and grave sites) with Wayne Holmquist on Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond-Casco Historical Museum on Route 302 in Casco.

Holmquist will be demonstrating his experience in dowsing for old family cemeteries. Not only can he find cemetery plots and tell where the corner posts were, but Wayne can also tell if there are men, women or children buried there.

This is a program of special interest to people who have private family burial grounds on their property, or would like to learn the art of dowsing.

Wayne Holmquist

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