West Branch Caddis, 6:30 p.m. in Yarmouth

The Grey Ghost Fly Tying Club will be led this week by Jeff Reardon, the Trout Unlimited brook trout project director. Reardon works to protect habitat for Maine’s wild and native brook trout, so he knows a lot about brook trout behavior. Reardon will show how to tie three flies that brookies love to eat: the CDC Caddis, the West Branch Caddis and the Bead Head Hare’s Ear. Meet at the First Parish Congregational Church. Email [email protected] for more information.


Trails that Beckon, 6:30 p.m. in Brewer

Join the Appalachian Mountain Club for a presentation on some of the longest trails in the country. Hiker Wayne Newton will talk about some of the more than 12,000 miles of trails he has followed: Vermont’s Long Trail; the John Muir Trail that starts in Yosemite National Park and climbs 14,500-foot Mount Whitney; the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada; and the Appalachian Trail. Meet at the First Congregational Church in Brewer. Free and open to the public.


Christmas Bird Counts Dec. 14 in York County

The 116th Christmas Bird Count will take place in December and early January. Since the count began, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. Two Christmas Bird Counts are held in York County: the York count on Dec. 14 and the Biddeford-Kennebunkport count on Jan. 2. Each count covers a set area. Teams of birders search sections of the area, tallying the total number of birds seen. The York count extends from Moody Beach to Fort Foster, where 94 species were found last year. The Biddeford-Kennebunkport count extends from Parsons Beach in Kennebunk to the Cascades in Saco, where 85 species were found last year. Backyard birders can contribute by just looking at their bird feeders. Those interested in being a counter in the York area should contact Pat Moynahan at 284-5487. Those interested in participating in the Biddeford-Kennebunkport count should contact Marie Jordan at 799-1408. Email yorkcountyaudubon.org for more information.

Reclaimed Ponds, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 15 in Portland

Join the Sebago chapter of Trout Unlimited for a seminar on the recently reclaimed ponds in southwestern Maine. Meet at Pat’s Pizza in the Old Port for a holiday social hour. The chapter’s monthly meeting and presentation will follow. To learn more, email [email protected]

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