How the Seasons Change, 9 a.m. in Bangor

The Bangor Land Trust is joining The National Phenology Network and Signs of the Seasons to promote a citizen science project studying how the seasons change. Join the training from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on April 4 in the Bangor Land Trust office at 8 Harlow St. in Bangor. Signs of the Seasons trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, which is the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature’s Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA National Phenology Network. No cost. Registration is required. Call 942-1010 or email [email protected]


Birding Extravaganza, 7:30 a.m., April 18, Bath

The public is invited to attend a series of free bird watching adventures sponsored by five conservation organizations in Midcoast Maine this April and May. Merrymeeting Audubon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Phippsburg Land Trust have collaborated to offer seven opportunities to get outside to watch and learn about birds, while visiting natural places including forests, farms, and ocean shorelines. The first outing is April 18 at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath, led by Merrymeeting Audubon. The group will hike along Whiskeag Creek, a tidal-influenced stream that flows into the Kennebec River. Birders will seek migrating waterfowl including Canada geese, black ducks, mallards, blue- and green-winged teal, and common mergansers. Participants can meet at the CVS in Bath to carpool. For more information, call 729-8661.


Porter Preserve Hike, 10 a.m., April 7, Boothbay

The Boothbay Region Land Trust hosts a nature hike at Porter Preserve. The hike is 2 miles long and moderately paced. Free and open to the public. Meet at the trailhead parking lot on Kimballtown Road, Barter’s Island. To learn more, write [email protected] or call 633-4818.

Full-Moon Walk, 6:30 p.m., April 6, in Biddeford

Join the Eastern Trail Alliance for a full-moon hike on the Eastern Trail in Biddeford. Meet at the rear of the Southern Maine Health Care parking lot. Leave your electronics behind and enjoy the hike under the light of the moon. No flashlights or pets. No cost. All welcome. To learn more email [email protected] or call 283-4487.

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