What Birds Are Around During the Dog Days of Summer?
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

What Birds Are Around During the Dog Days of Summer?

  • Valentine Farm Conservation Center (map)
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Birds sometimes appear to be lethargic and less active on late summer days much like us humans. However, there is still a lot to see and learn. Most chicks have fledged although they can often be seen begging parents.  In some cases, newly fledged birds are the same size and color of their parents. Other birds, like warblers and birds of prey, are wearing a juvenile plumage which can make them challenging to identify.  Join us as we collect data and make observations about what birds are doing as the summer begins to wane. 

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Whitecap Gourmet Hike Rescheduled
Aug
5
9:00 AM09:00

Whitecap Gourmet Hike Rescheduled

The Whitecap Gourmet Hike, originally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, August 4th has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 5th. Meet at the trail head in Andover at 9:00AM. Dan Elliott will be leading the hike. Remember to bring something to share for lunch and a container for blueberries!

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May
23
11:30 AM11:30

Step Falls Volunteers - We Need You

Everyone loves Step Falls. Recent magazine and social media mentions of the Falls have made it our most popular property. To keep the visitor experience at Step Falls fun and positive, volunteers are needed weekends June through Labor Day, to engage with the visitors and monitor the parking lot. Bring a friend if you can, and enjoy meeting some of the locals and visitors who consider Step Falls a "must do" every year. Shift times are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00.  To sign up, 

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
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Rumford Whitecap Trail Days
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Rumford Whitecap Trail Days

  • 52 East Andover Road Rumford, ME, 04276 United States (map)
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Come break into a sweat and have some fun maintaining the trails on Rumford Whitecap, May 19th and June 2nd, National Trails Day. The first day is all about trail maintenance: clipping, raking out the water-bars, and marking the trails. On June 2nd, the focus will be on trail relocation, leveling the trail and marking it. Refreshments and camaraderie finish up both days. Meet at 9AM in the Rumford Whitecap parking lot  https://goo.gl/maps/6pxAHSM3BDt . To sign up, contact barbara@mahoosuc.org

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Bird Walk at Valentine Farm
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Bird Walk at Valentine Farm

The warblers are here!  Join a group of new and experienced birders on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 AM to walk the trail at Valentine Farm looking for birds to add to the Farm species list. In the case of inclement weather, James Reddoch, bird enthusiast, will give an indoor presentation on how to use Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Ebird app.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Day in the Life of a Tiny House Builder

The Tiny House Project started a few years ago as a project to culminate Luke Hayward's final year at The Eddy School.  Since then he, his father, Chris, and his grandfather, Gary, have worked together to construct his house, using creative methods (like trading bikes for siding) to keep costs and environmental impacts low. The three generations will share their building process and what they have learned building a solar-powered tiny home together.

 

 

 The interior of the tiny house

The interior of the tiny house

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Global Big Day at Valentine Farm
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Global Big Day at Valentine Farm

How many birds can be seen in one day? That’s the question that drives a ‘big day,’ a 24-hour birding binge that is a fond tradition among birders. The current record for a single Big Day team is 431 species, set in Ecuador.

Traditional birding ‘big days’ focus on a single team of birders, which got Cornell Lab of Ornithology thinking: what if everyone in the world joined together for a single Big Day? The answer, it turns out, is an incredible 65% of all the bird species on the planet—at least.

On May 5, come to Valentine Farm at 8:00AM and join more than 20,000 other birders from around the world counting bird species as part of Global Big Day

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A Day in the Life of an Ocean Swimmer
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

A Day in the Life of an Ocean Swimmer

Todd Siekman, has been an avid swimmer his whole life. He began long distance ocean swimming 4 years ago for two reasons: to support the Lifeflight foundation, and as a means of recovering from brain surgery.  He swims with 4 to 13 others, ranging from 13-69 years old, accompanied by up to 7 kayakers.  They typically swim from 1.5 miles up to 5.5 miles depending on the day, weather conditions and ability of the participants.

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Oh My Stars! Messier Marathon Demonstration
Apr
13
8:30 PM20:30

Oh My Stars! Messier Marathon Demonstration

In the 18th century, Charles Messier cataloged over 110 deep sky objects (star clusters, nebulae and galaxies).  Sometimes it is possible to see ALL of these objects on ONE night in the spring. Join star gazing enthusiast, Tom Hoffelder, for a night of enchantment.  Tom has been looking through a telescope since 1974 and has seen 100 objects in one night. Cloud/rain date April 14th. Telescopes provided or bring your own. 

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Where Are Those Stars? Time Change for Messier's Marathon Demonstration
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Where Are Those Stars? Time Change for Messier's Marathon Demonstration

Clouds are in the forecast for Friday night, the evening scheduled for Messier's Marathon demonstration with local star gazing guru, Tom Hoffelder. Rather than cancel, Tom will talk about Messier's Marathon and his experience viewing almost 100 dark sky objects in one night.  New time - 7:30PM at Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel

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Reflections on Leading From Behind: A Day in the Life of a Professional Dog-sledder
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Reflections on Leading From Behind: A Day in the Life of a Professional Dog-sledder

Unlike many of us, Caroline Blair-Smith and her husband, Andy, feel at home riding on a sled behind a team of dogs. They provide dog-sledding courses for Outward Bound, race in the Can-Am Crown in Fort Kent, and lead half- and full-day tours to the general public through their business Morning Crescent Sled Dogs.  Come and learn about this fascinating lifestyle and try out a sled!

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Snow Bowling by the Light of a Bonfire
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Snow Bowling by the Light of a Bonfire

Pack your bowling shoes and striped shirt and head to Valentine Farm for a moonlit evening of snow bowling by the warmth of a bonfire.  Frozen milk jugs will be the balls and knocking down wooden pins is the goal. Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers will be provided, you bring a stick. This is all dependent on an evening of no rain!

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Valentine's Winter Games - Due to Weather, Postponed to 2019.
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Valentine's Winter Games - Due to Weather, Postponed to 2019.

Want to make an impression? Come to the Valentine Winter Games and be one of hundreds making a snow angel!

NOTE: Valentine Winter Games Inclement Weather —in the event that the following weather conditions occur, the Valentine Winter Games would be cancelled: temperatures below 0°, temperatures below 10° with wind speed of more than 20 mph, a blizzard, freezing rain for more than two hours, or no snow.

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Lapham Ledge Snowshoe Hike
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Lapham Ledge Snowshoe Hike

This moderate, 1.5 mile round-trip hike leads to ledges with great southerly views of surrounding foothills, lakes, and ponds.  Please bring snowshoes or microspikes and dress appropriately.  Snacks and cocoa will be provided. We will meet at 10:00 at Buck's Ledge trailhead - just north of the public spring in Bryant Pond on Rt. 26.  There is a sign and a parking lot. See you there!

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Lights at Night
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Lights at Night

Have you ever seen the moon through a telescope? The moon will be in its first quarter, perfect for viewing through a telescope!  Saturn will also appear later in the evening. Telescopes available for use, or bring your own. If cloudy, an indoor presentation will be given.  

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