Nature program will be on ‘yardening’


RANGELEY – The July 29 Sunday Nature Program at the Orgonon Property, Dodge Pond Road, will be a presentation on “Yardening” with Jennifer Perry as presenter.

Perry is a resident of Deerfield, N.H., and is a part-time resident in Rangeley Plantation. She has been an avid amateur naturalist and birder for more than 36 years.

She has spearheaded two new birding projects in the Rangeley region: Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count and the Maine Owl Monitoring Program for the Maine Audubon Society.

Perry studied biology and marine science at Cornell and UNH and has degrees in microbiology and civil engineering. She spends her time in the Rangeley area skiing, hiking, fishing, boating and birding.

Perry coined the word “yardening” and will present a program to show how to shape/plant/arrange a yard into a bird sanctuary.

Participants will meet at 2 p.m. at the outdoor classroom on the Orgonon property. The classroom is located at the top of the hill just off the observatory parking lot. Follow the trail to left marked “tomb” for a short distance.

The Natural Science Programs offer workshops each Sunday in July and August at no charge. The workshops are funded by the Wing-Benjamin Trust and individual donors.

The observatory is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday in July and August, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays in September. Adult admission is $6; with children 12 and under, free.