AUGUSTA — Friends of the Maine State Museum will host its annual series of programs highlighting the museum’s world class collections. All programs will be held at the Maine State Museum and are free of charge, according to a news release from the Museum.

• The Passenger Pigeon in New England Life: From Micmac Cosmic Cycles to 19th Century Children’s Games, is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. The program will be presented by Susan Wegner, associate professor of art history at Bowdoin College.

• A Rush of Wings, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. This is a family day with free museum admission. Join museum educators for hands-on, activities about passenger pigeons and other animals that no longer live in Maine.

• Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and Other Ice Age Finds, will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and will be presented by Paula Work, registrar and curator of biology, Maine State Museum.

• Maine Tourmalines will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, and will be presented by Carl A. Francis, consulting curator, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum.

• Maine Wolves and Coyotes — History and Current Management Challenges, is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, and will be presented by Wally Jakubas, mammal group leader, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The Maine State Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission cost $2 for adults; $1 for senior adults older than 62 and children 6-18. Maximum charge for families is $6.

For more information, call 287-2301, or visit

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