WOOLWICH — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust invites the public to discover how to read animal tracks at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at DeWick Farm, 201 Phipps Point Road.
Led by master naturalists Penny Jessop and Jane Harrison, participants can learn to interpret clues to tell the story of local wildlife in winter.
Maine has few animals that are true hibernators, or animals that spend winter in a dormant state. Many of the creatures thought to be hidden away for the coldest parts of the year are still active to find food, water, and even mates, according to a news release from Emily Pistell with the Bath-based land trust.
Jessop and Harrison will share the process of tracking and identifying these animals by observing their prints. Participants can learn to measure and interpret an animal’s print, track, straddle and stride.
DeWick Farm is a land trust easement that was donated by the DeWick Family in 2013. A mixture of woodland, open fields and shoreline on Montsweag Bay, it serves as a backdrop to explore the lives of Maine mammals in winter.
Program material is geared for budding naturalists and is family friendly. Because winter weather can be unpredictable, this event will only be postponed in the case of severe weather.
Registration is free. For more information and to sign up, visit kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400. Driving directions to the easement will follow registration.