Calendar of Events

Auction to Benefit Orono Bog Boardwalk – Saturday, October 25 at 6pm

A Silent Auction and Potluck Supper will be held on Saturday, October 25 to benefit the reconstruction of the Orono Bog Boardwalk. The event will be held from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road in Orono. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share and plan to bid on such items as a weekend getaway on the Maine Coast, an EPIC Sports gift certificate, a home brewing consultation, concert and theatre tickets, XC ski lessons, original artwork, sports equipment, antiques, and much, much more. Admission is free; donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

For more information about this event, the Orono Bog Boardwalk and its programs, or ways to support the reconstruction of the boardwalk, please contact jim.bird@umit.maine.edu, call 866-2578, or visit www.umaine.edu/oronobogwalk/.

WINTER TREE & SHRUB ID WALK – Saturday, October 25th at 10:30 am

Orono Land Trust and Bangor Land Trust will jointly host a tree and shrub identification walk at 20 Hillside Road in Orono. The walk is free and open to the public.

The walk will be conducted by Steve Sader, Professor of Forest Resources at U Maine. He teaches the Forest Vegetation course for the School of Forestry, and has been a popular leader for other tree identification walks for the public.

On October 25th, many of the deciduous trees and shrubs will be nearly in leaf-off condition with some fall leaves remaining for some of them. Therefore, the identification clues will focus primarily on winter tree ID features of bark, twig, bud, tree form and general habitat characteristics. In addition we will include several invasive tree or shrub species common to the Bangor-Orono area. There is a wide diversity of species that will be seen in a small area so minimal walking will be required. The property at 20 Hillside Road (Sader’s) is directly across the street from one of the Orono Land Trust trails. Part of the walk will be on the Orchard Trails easement which includes a rare, natural regenerated American Chestnut tree.

The walk will occur rain or shine. Please be careful to park only on the designated side of the street, since emergency vehicles must have access to the Treats Falls House at the end of the road.   Google maps link:

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Hirundo Events (http://www.hirundomaine.org/):

Halloween at Hirundo – Sunday, October 26

1 – 4 pm Fall crafts
Join us in the afternoon, 1-4 pm, for fall crafts including preparing and raising a share-crow made from natural materials, mask making, bobbing for apples and testing your strength in the hay bale rolling contest.

... and when evening falls and shadows grow larger dare to come along on the Haunted Walk, listen to a scary story by the campfire and step into the tent of the Future.
6 – 7:30 pm – Haunted Walk, Scary Stories and a look into the Future

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Gateway Seniors Without Walls Hikes:

Here are the hikes/talks of potential interest for Orono Land Trust members.   Anyone interested should register at 889-3031 or on the website www.GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org or by email GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls@roadrunner.com.

Hike at HirundoWildlife Refuge with a Naturalist. (Saturday, October 18, 9 to 11 am,  parking lot at split between Forest Ave. and Putnam Rd. in Orono) Naturalist Gudrun Keszocze leads us.  Bring walking stick, as needed.  Moderately challenging trail of about 3 miles.  We’ll walk slow.  Lovely views  of Pushaw Stream.  Directions: Take I-95 to exit 197, go 4.75 miles west on Rt. 43.  Look for large red sign on right.  Enter park at sign, which is Gate 1 and follow the dirt road ½ mile to the Pine Tree parking area.

Gateway @OTPL: The Secret Life of Beavers  (Wednesday, November 19, 1 to 2 pm, Old Town Library, 46 Middle St.)   Naturalist Gudrun Keszocze will speak and show slides.  Register at Old Town Public Library at 827-3972.