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Patti’s July 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, for their 14th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for pet-themed storytime, socializing, and species-appropriate snacks. Light refreshments will be served for the human types. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting group will be here this year for your entertainment. All pets are welcome, be they scaly, furry, feathered, finned, imaginary, slithery or stuffed. For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-37/

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 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 sightings 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 from 8-10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a two-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen are recommended, too. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. The tour size is limited to 12. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at www.maineshakers.com, call 926-4597, or email info@maineshakers.com.

Explore the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery on March 17

The Rain or Shine Club, sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust, explores local areas of interest with a concise, thoughtful outing each week. Join the club for a fun, no-cost guided adventure every Thursday, always at 10 a.m., held rain or shine. On Thursday, March 17, join the group for a study of brown trout at the New Gloucester Fish Hatchery located at 312 Fish Hatchery Road, off Route 100.

The Rain or Shine Club is geared toward young families. Load your babies in backpacks or come toddle along. Everyone from infants to grandparents are welcome. Organizers keep the group together so everyone enjoys their trip into the wild knowing there’s a safe return as part of the plan. Call Kyle Warren for more information at 632-6112.

 

Dog tick or deer tick?

If you’ve been outside at all this summer, you’ve probably seen ticks.

This video from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains what you need to know about identifying two types of ticks: deer ticks and dog ticks. Deer ticks, which carry diseases, have a black shield and reddish body, while dog ticks tend to be larger and have a whitish shield. Keep reading

Can you eat that mushroom or plant?

Take a forager’s quiz. Keep reading

Protecting the Royal River

Canoeing on the Saco River is a ritual for many Mainers. Yet a summer paddle on one of southern Maine’s largest rivers is frequently described with words like: crowds, parties and beer.

The portion of the Royal River that flows from New Gloucester to Yarmouth is described in a far different way by local paddlers. Keep reading

Geese Take Flight

16619599103_1c8dfc8477_bCanada geese take flight  from a small pond in New Gloucester. They can be seen in the corn fields around town  & even feeding on the infield  at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, with the Royal River so close it makes a perfect place to swim, eat, & lay eggs!

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Meeting with State Rep Ellie Espling about natural resources bills April 30th

The 127th Maine Legislature is in full swing in Augusta, considering several bills that would impact, for better or for worse, Maine’s clean air, water, land, and wildlife. In the coming weeks the Legislature will vote on critical issues including metallic mining rules, boosting in-state solar power, and helping to fund home weatherization projects.

Your State Representative Ellie Espling will cast important votes on these and other environmental issues. She needs to hear from you, voters in her district, who support strong protections for Maine’s environment. On that note… Continue reading