Maine park plans summer wildlife days

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GRAY – A summer series of wildlife exhibits and demonstrations targeted for the general public is offered at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26. Wildlife Days are held on consecutive weekends through the summer, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park. Presenters featuring a variety of wildlife topics will set up exhibits and demonstrations from roughly 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on most Saturdays.

On Saturday, July 7, join Maine Custom Wood Sculpture from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as chain saw artist Bill Fournier demonstrates his techniques for creating eagles, hawks, bears, wolves, mountain lions and more, from up to 7-foot tall pieces of white and Norway pine, fir, cedar or spruce. Fournier will have several pre-carved animals on display and for sale, and plans on carving a 4- to 5-foot tall standing bear for the demonstration. Bring cameras and earplugs.

The Maine Wildlife Park has over 25 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $4 ages 5-12; $6 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3 per person. Family and Community Season Passes are available.

For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at 657-4977; or online at www.mainewildlifepark.com.

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