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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: December 3, 2015

December outdoors: Enjoy nature programs and winter trails at L.C. Bates Museum

Written by: Carey Kish

Winter in Maine is a great time to learn about our native animals and trees at the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley. A series of informative programs through the month of December will help you do just that!

In addition to enjoying the programs, December is also a good time to walk the trails to find tracks and learn about winter trees. Families can check out snowshoes to use on the trails if needed and there’s enough snow to warrant their use. What’s more, a winter walk in the museum bird gallery is a wonderful way to get to know all your Maine birds.

On Saturday, December 5th at 1 p.m., the program is “Animals in Winter,” which will explore what all the animals out there doing to survive. Not many of them are truly hibernators, so you’ll learn what ingenious methods they have to help them thrive in winter. Find out the secrets of chickadees, the amazing structures built by beavers, and the incredible ability of squirrels and other animals that store food to remember over a thousand locations where food is buried. Dress warmly for this program, fellow mammals!

On Saturday, December 19th at 1 p.m., come for the “Flora and Fauna of the Season” activity. This program will explore the animals and plants that define the holiday season. Why does Santa have reindeer? What cultures had traditions of mistletoe, holly and bringing a big green tree into their homes? Why do the Hanukkah lights traditionally have olive oil in the lamp? Find out answers to these questions and make a fun holiday craft to bring home with you.

On Saturday, December 26th at 1 p.m., there will be a program about Maine’s Winter Birds. Learn what birds that stay during our chilly Maine winter are doing to keep warm. Explore how birds adapt and survive in our northern latitude. Make a bird craft to bring home.

The L.C Bates Museum and the Good Will-Hinckley trails are wonderful places to explore Maine’s winter world. FMI about the L.C. Bates Museum programs, please contact the L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley 207-238-4250 or lcbates@gwh.org.

The L.C. Bates Museum is located on US 201 in Hinckley, on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley. The museum is open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Snowshoers enjoy the trails on the grounds of the L.C. Bates Museum. Courtesy photo.

Snowshoers enjoy the trails on the grounds of the L.C. Bates Museum. Courtesy photo.

Pileated Woodpecker in the diorama at L.C. Bates Museum, a common bird along the trail in winter. Courtesy photo.

Pileated woodpecker in the diorama at L.C. Bates Museum, a common bird along the trail in winter. Courtesy photo.

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