Calendar of Events

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1.: Grandparents Day Paddle – September 7th at 2PM.

Celebrate Grand parenthood, share your hidden paddling talent with your grandchildren or learn a new skill together. Pushaw Stream has quiet, flat water easy to paddle with a stunning scenery. Watch the Osprey and Kingfisher dive for fish and the muskrat move smoothly through the water. It will be a GRAND afternoon. Please call 394-2171 for reservations by September 6 or BYOB. Suggested donations for adults $5, school-aged children free. Meet at Gate 3

2.: Last Full Moon (Supermoon) Paddle – September 7th from 6-8PM

Supermoon ?! Celebrate with us this last ‘Supermoon’ this summer. Peak at a very close moon rising above the wetlands and relax after a busy day of work on the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream. We meet at Gate 3. Bring a flashlight, water and a snack. Call 207-394-2171 to reserve your space and canoe by September 6, or bring your own. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

3.: Natural Dyeing Workshop – Saturday Sept. 13th from 9am- 3pm

Join Kim Robichaud, recent Maine Master Naturalist graduate, to learn how to extract colours  from local plant materials. The program will include a nature walk, lunch (BYO), and wild harvesting of a small amount of dye materials.

“I have three favorite processes that I am using in my work right now. I would like to share all three with you:         1) Plant Pounding 2) Steam extraction 3) Hot water immersion bath

While you are welcome to bring dyeables from home (natural fibers only, synthetics don’t bind with the dye), you should know, that everything but silk needs to be pre-mordanted in alum and washing soda. I will purchase yardage ahead of time and do this process at the cost of $5 per yard. I encourage you to bring fresh or frozen flowers for experimentation such as goldenrod, black-eyed susans, tansy, etc.. The more choices we have for experimentation the better.

Limited group size – registration and cancellation requested by September 10, 2014, call 394-2171. Fee: $10

4.: Spiders on Sunday Sept 14th from 1-2:30PM

Let Donne Sinderson, a Maine Master Naturalist graduate,  introduce you to the fascinating world of the leggy, misunderstood beings, the Spiders. Did you know that spider silk has different strength depending on the purpose it serves, or that a spider can change its colour from yellow to white with purple spots and back? Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible by Gate 1, in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. Call for reservation by September 13, 207-394-2171. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.


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 or by email

FW-016.  Mushroom Walk. (Saturday, September 13, 9 am to 10:30 am, Nature Trail, Dirigo Pines Retirement Community) Alma Homola will lead a walk to identify mushrooms and talk about their life histories.  Take Dirigo Drive to the 2nd pond, which is just after you pass the signs for the Inn.  Meet at the Nature Trail sign to the right of the pond as you face it.  You may park along the street.

FW-023.  Hike the Newman Hill Trail of the Caribou Bog with a Naturalist . (Saturday, September 20, 9 to 11 am, parking lot at split between Forest Ave. and Putnam Rd. in Orono)  Bring walking stick.  Easy, but steep, trail of about 3 miles.  We’ll walk slowly.  Lovely views at the top.  Directions: from Kelly Road, turn right onto Stillwater Avenue.  At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Forest Avenue.  Drive approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Taylor Road at Taylor Road sign.   Drive approximately 0.3 miles, and turn left at the split onto Putnam Road (landfill road) and park in the parking lot.

FW-037.  Maine’s Moose: An Update.  (Thursday, October 2, 7 to 8 pm, Old Town Historical Museum, 353 Main St., Old Town.)  Lee Kantar, a wildlife biologist who oversees the management of Maine’s moose population, will discuss the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s current research on adult female and calf survival and related issues (e.g., the role of winter ticks and parasites on moose mortality).  The research started this past year with the capture and GPS radio collaring of 60 moose.  The event is co-sponsored by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, the Old Town Historical Museum, and Gateway Seniors.  For reservations, call 394-2171.

FW-039. Guided Bogwalk .  (Saturday, October 4, 2 to 3 pm, Tripp Rd. Parking Lot by the Bulletin Board, Orono)  We’ll see the bog in its fall foliage, including huckleberry and high bush blueberry bushes turning red, tamarack needles turning gold, berries on winterberry turning orange-red, and much more.

FW-053. 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.

FW-000.  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.