GREENE – Androscoggin Land Trust and the Stanton Bird Club will co-host an owling trip from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Marden-Chittick Refuge.

Three species of owls are actively mating at this time of year: great horned, barred and saw-whet. Susan Hayward of Stanton Bird Club and Judy Marden of Androscoggin Land Trust will lead a night walk through the woods to the Bates Outing Club lean-to. They will listen and look for owls and other night creatures, followed by a warm-up by the fire in Marden’s kitchen.

The refuge consists of three conservation easements on Clark Mountain, donated by Marden to Androscoggin Land Trust in 2002. The easements protect more than 200 acres of woods and fields, 155 acres of which are designated as forever wild. The property is privately owned.

The Stanton Bird Club is a conservation organization offering free monthly natural history programs and field trips throughout the state. Stanton welcomes new members whose dues help to support land stewardship at three sanctuaries owned and managed by the club in Lewiston and Monmouth.

For more information, contact the club at 782-5238 or visit the Web site at www.stantonbirdclub.org.

The trust is a membership-driven conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural areas, traditional landscapes and outdoor experience along the central Androscoggin River corridor. It conserves more than 2,800 acres of land, including six miles of riverfront along the Androscoggin River. Visit www.androscogginlandtrust.org for more information.

For more information and directions to the refuge, call Mike Auger at 782-2302.


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