Free bird watching trek being planned at Shaker Bog

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead a group to the bird habitats of the Shaker Bog at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, the 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem: the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fisher, fox and an occasional black bear.

The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a variety of songbirds, game fowl and woodpeckers. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sightings also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese and hawks.

The free program is designed for families. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a two-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Bring cameras, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size is limited to 12, and preregistration is required at maineshakers.com/workshops or by calling 207-926-4597.

For more information, contact info@maineshakers.com, www.maineshakers.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SabbathdayLakeShakerVillage.

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Shaker Bog at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

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