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Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog
Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog. Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem; the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fischer, fox and an occasional black bear. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sighting also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 2-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size limited to 12. Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 8am-10am Free but pre-registration is required.
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village. The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Scheduled dates for Nature’s Outdoor Classroom are: Saturday June 10, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday July 22, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday August 19, 2017: 10:30 am & 2pm Saturday September 16, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday October 7, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.