Land trust holding evening nature walk


GREENE – The Androscoggin Land Trust will offer an evening nature walk at Hooper Pond from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Those interested are invited to join naturalist Dana Little as he listens for the spring chorus of frogs of the pond and the nearby marsh.

He expects to hear spring peepers, wood frogs, leopard and pickerel frogs. In addition there may be gray tree frogs, toads and green frogs. The event will occur rain or shine, as the frogs especially enjoy the rain.

Little will also have a bat detector. The time has been chosen to include the last light of the day, twilight and full darkness. At dusk, in addition to frogs, participants will listen for woodcock, snipe and nighthawks.

When it is dark they will try to call up barred, great horned and saw whet owls using their own voices, whistles and pre-recorded calls. Mosquitoes, black flies and all biting insects also like that time of day.

Androscoggin Land Trust owns 195 acres of wetlands and an upland forest along Hooper Pond and Hooper Brook. The Maine Department of Conservation identified the area as being of statewide ecological importance due to its exemplary pond and stream shore vegetation and high quality wildlife habitat.

The trust purchased most of the land from Robert and Eva Philbrook and Pat Malmo and Richard Blaisdell in 2003 and 2004 with assistance from the Land for Maine’s Future fund. The trust was given 13.5 acres of wetland property by Barbara Bubier in 2003 and an additional 7.5 acres by Steve and Kathy Boucher in 2004.

Participants should bring waterproof shoes, bug dope and an umbrella if needed. A flashlight or headlamp will come in handy to spot wildlife.

Those going should meet at the Hooper Pond boat launch, off Hooper Pond Road in Greene (off Allen Pond Road). Call Mike Auger for directions or information at 783-3550.