The Star-Herald

Outdoor Calendar — May 15-19, 2019

Wednesday, May 15

CARIBOU: Cary Medical Center/Caribou Rec./Aroostook Birders Caribou Bog Birding Hike. 7-8 a.m. at Aroostook Valley Trail Crossing on Washburn Road. Short walk along the railroad trail. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call. Binoculars, bird books available on first-come first-serve basis. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI.

Saturday, May 18

ORIENT: Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Guided Bird Watching Walk. Meet at 6:50 a.m. at Orient Rest Area on the east side of U.S. Route 1. Exploration near the headwaters of the St. Croix Waterway in Amity, an area supporting multiple bird species. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI.

PRESQUE ISLE: 12th Annual Aroostook River Fun Run. 8 miles; flat water. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Washburn boat landing. Race start: 10 a.m. Also choose to Paddle It, Bike It, Run/Walk It; all activities end at PI Fish and Game Club with free BBQ lunch, awards, prizes. Cost: $10/adult, $5/child 13 and under; Visit FMI.

MADAWASKA: Northern Maine Medical Center Superhero 5k Fun Run/Walk. 8 a.m.-noon at Four Seasons Trail Association, 425 Spring Street. Prizes for best Super Hero costume as well as first, second and third place event prizes. Free t-shirt to the first 100 participants. Cost: $10/person; FREE/kids 12 & under. Contact NMMC (207-834-1353) FMI.

CARIBOU: Caribou Rec/Healthy You Kayaking Outing, Caribou. Paddle from the Snow Farm on Grimes Road to Fort Fairfield. Pre-registration required. Cost: $10/person. Includes transportation, incredibly stable Old Town Loon 138 kayaks, PFD’s, paddles. Depart from Caribou Wellness and Recreation Center at 9 a.m.; return by 3 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI.

PRESQUE ISLE: Life By Design 4th annual Recovery Walk. 10 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park. Come join us! Features a continuation of the Recovery Rocks art project, photo booth, face painting, short walk, and barbecue. Contact Life By Design (207-492-1653) FMI.

LIMESTONE: Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Vernal Pool Walk. 10 a.m.-noon at ANWR Visitors Center, 97 Refuge Road. Learn about wildlife that lives in vernal pools in Aroostook County. See firsthand wood frog, yellow spotted, and blue spotted salamanders, egg masses. Waterproof boots recommended. Cost: FREE! Contact ANWR (207-328-4634) FMI

PATTEN: Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, 61 Shin Pond Rd. Fiddlers will fiddle while fierce fiddlehead cooks compete in the Cast-iron Chef cook-off. Artisans, craftsmen, demonstrations, food vendors, tours, much more! Giant slingshot, scavenger hunt, and games will keep the kids happy! Rain or shine; bring your own chair. Cost: donation. Visit FMI

Sunday, May 19

STOCKHOLM: 39th Annual Madawaska River Run. Registration: 9 a.m. at the bridge on Little Madawaska Lake Road in Westmanland. Race start: 11:00 a.m. Race ends at Stockholm American Legion. Cost: $15/watercraft; includes one t-shirt. $12/extra t-shirt. Visit FMI

HOULTON: 6th Annual Strong Tower 5K Love Run/Walk. Registration: 11:30 a.m. at Military Street Baptist Church, 307 Military St. Race start: 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Strong Tower Orphanage in Caracol, Haiti. Awards to top male/female finishers in 5 age divisions. Cost: $20/individual, $60/family. Includes T-shirt, light refreshments. Visit FMI.

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