Audubon hosts presentation on snowy owls
York County Audubon will host award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick for an online program on snowy owls at 7 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom.
The talk will be based on Bannick’s 2020 book “Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History.” Through dozens of never-before-published images of the “arctic owl,” he will detail how they survive, breed and live alongside other wildlife in the Arctic tundra and in wintering areas further south.
The talk is free but advance registration is required at

Snowshoe to white cedar swamp
Great Works Regional Land Trust will head its annual snowshoe trek out to Beaver Dam Heath at Grants Meadow Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Explore the frozen beauty of the rare Atlantic white cedar swamp and learn more about the natural history of this unique and biologically significant region. This trek requires excellent frozen conditions, so check with us in advance for conditions at, [email protected] or call 646-3604.
The hike will start in the forest uplands of the Heath, from Grant’s Meadow Preserve, which boasts a ¾ mile loop trail, accessible year-round. The parking lot is on Diamond Hill Road, just south of Old Sanford Road.

Historical society hosts photography show
The New Gloucester Historical Society will present the program “Our Last 12 Years in 270 Pictures” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, Route 231.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.

Land trust hosts sledding and cocoa event
Three Rivers Land Trust will kick off their 2022 event schedule with “Winter Fun Sledding and Cocoa” event from noon to 2 p.m. at The Globe sledding hill, located next to the land trust office at 235 Swetts Bridge Road.
The Parsons Memorial Library is co-hosting the event and will provide grab-and-go activity bags for families while supplies last. The bags include a snowflake craft, an early reader book, and other fun items.
This is the start of a yearlong series of local, free land trust events. The organization is also planning monthly volunteer opportunities to help with trail maintenance. All are invited to attend.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more details, go to, follow the land trust on Facebook, or contact executive director Cheri Dunning at 358-9695 or email [email protected]

Join talk on how to prepare seedlings indoors
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will offer the online talk “Starting Seeds Indoors” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday via Zoom.
Join MOFGA’s Crop Specialist Caleb Goossen to learn how to prepare to grow healthy seedlings indoors. He will show various indoor setups, discuss crops and when to plant them, and address some of the most common problems that arise when growing seedlings.
Sliding scale fee is from $1-$15. To register, go to

Learn about how to save Monarch butterflies
Join the Camden Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for “Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration,” a Winter Horticulture Series online presentation, in partnership with the Camden Public Library. The Zoom link to attend is available at with pre-registration required.
Cyrene Slegona will discuss the mysteries of the North American migration of Monarch butterflies and what they need to survive as a species. She will describe the life cycle and behaviors of each metamorphic stage, review current and future research, and explain the risks predators and disease pose to Monarchs. Cyrene will address what we can do to help save the butterflies for future generations, discuss the importance of native Maine milkweeds and suggest pollinator-friendly gardening ideas.

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