New Preserve, 12:30 p.m. in Georgetown

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is hosting a grand opening of its new 280-acre Morse Pond Preserve that will include two different hikes. A self-guided hike will be possible along the new Carousel Trail that passes a series of dramatic ridges and streams. There also will be a guided hike along a roughly four-mile section of the preserve where a trail has not yet been built. The guided hike is expected to take almost three hours to navigate. The preserve connects to other properties, including Reid State Park. It forms a block of nearly 1,800 acres of permanently conserved land. No cost. All welcome. To learn more go to Morse Pond Preserve is located on Seguinland Road off Route 127 in Georgetown.

Clarry Hill Hike, 9-11 a.m. in Union

Join the Georges River Land Trust and Medomak Valley Land Trust for a hike on the blueberry lands of Clarry Hill, the watershed divide between the St. George River and the Medomak River. The trail provides access to fields and forest and offers spectacular views. Meet at the Clarry Hill trailhead on Elmer Hart Road in Union. The trail is 21/2 miles and covers moderate terrain. No cost. For information call 594-5166 or 832-5570.


The Big Sit, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Brunswick

The Big Sit is an annual, international birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. Every year bird watchers from around the globe unite on this weekend to participate in the event. Merrymeeting Audubon is staking out a circle at Wharton Point this weekend to spend the day counting bird species. Refreshments provided. No cost. All welcome. To learn more call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.


Hermit Island Search, 8 a.m., Oct 25, in Phippsburg

Join Merrymeeting Audubon for a birding trip to Hermit Island on Small Point in Phippsburg. Search around Head Beach and the ocean for ducks, grebes, loons and woodland birds. Meet at Head Beach on Hermit Island on Route 216. No cost. All welcome. For information, call 841-1951.

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