Solstice Celebration, 4 p.m. in Holden

Join Maine Audubon at the Fields Pond nature center for a winter solstice celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The family-oriented gathering will feature a reading of Eve Bunting’s story “The Night Tree.” Come decorate the nature center’s night tree with gifts for Maine’s winter wildlife. Advance registration is recommended. The cost is $20 for families. Fields Pond Audubon Center is located at 216 Fields Pond Road. To learn more, call 989-2591.


Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 19 and Jan. 2

York County Audubon sponsors two Christmas bird counts to help in monitoring the health and status of bird populations throughout North America. The counts began with the National Audubon Society’s count on Christmas Day in 1900. More than 2,300 areas are covered each year, with more than 70,000 birders participating from Alaska to South America. At the end of the day, counters meet to compile counts and share highlights. The counts are forwarded to National Audubon for its master compilation. This season, counts will be held Dec. 19 in Wells (email [email protected] or call 284-5487), and Jan. 2 in Biddeford and Kennebunk (call 967-4102 or email [email protected]).

Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Feb. 24-26 in Bryant Pond

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program offers workshops for women 18 or older who would like to gain or improve skills in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment. The workshop is held at the UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center. Participants can stay overnight at a cost of $225, or commute for the three-day workshop for $175. Participants will gain skills in winter-related activities. Go to for more info.

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