Audubon leading wildflower walk

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NORRIDGEWOCK – The Western Maine Audubon Society is sponsoring a wildflower walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Wilders’ farm.

Art and Sallie Wilder will be hosts at the farm, which has been in the family since 1863 and is mostly woods now with a few old fields and apple trees.

It has been a “tree farm” for a little over 50 years. Cows, sheep, maple syrup, apples and a few field crops have been raised, typical of the hill farms that were sought after in the early 1800s because the first frosts at the end of summer were a little later than down in the valleys.

The society hopes to see about a half dozen of the wild orchids that grow in the neighboring woods, but probably only one or two will be in bloom. For much of the time, participants will be walking away from trails in wet, somewhat rough woods with small amounts of poison ivy and plenty of insects.

Appropriate clothing is in order. For more information, call the Wilders at 634-2215. The event is free.

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