The Maine Loon Project’s annual loon count is this Saturday, July 20, at 7 a.m. More than 800 volunteers will count loons in approximately 326 ponds and lakes in Maine. The Maine Loon Project is a program of Maine Audubon and is dedicated to protecting the loon population here in Maine through education and research. The project also supports legislation that will protect the loon and the loon’s environment. For information on the Maine Loon Project, visit www.maineaudubon.org/loons. If you’d like to participate in the loon count, contact Susan Gallo at email@example.com or call (207) 781-6180 ext. 216. The loon count is early in the morning, which gives you plenty of time to get to the Mollyockett Day activities.
One of my pet peeves is finding out about an event the day it is happening. For me that usually means missing the event because I can’t get off work or make plans. So, here are two upcoming events you might want to make plans for.
On August 9, the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Appraisal Coach will be on the Waterford Common from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thomaston Place’s Kaja Veilleux and John Bottero will do instant, on-site appraisals. The appraisals will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. If your item is too large to bring, detailed photographs can be used to make an appraisal. There is a suggested donation of $10 per item, or 3 items for $25.00. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Waterford Library. The Mobile Appraisal Coach has been featured on Bill Green’s Maine and in Architectural Digest. The coach is equipped with a waiting area and appraisal office. Trustees and volunteers from the Waterford Library will have lunches available during the event.
The Perseids Meteor Showers will peak this year the night of Aug. 11 to 12. These are the most exciting meteor showers of the year because of the high number of meteors. This year “peak” night will be “moon free.” The moon will set after 10 p.m. on Aug. 11, leaving perfect viewing conditions if the weather cooperates. Astronomers predict that 100 meteors per hour may be visible in the skies over Eastern Europe and northern Asia. In North America, 80 meteors per hour may be visible in the hours just before dawn on Aug. 12. The meteors are small dust particles from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As the dust hits Earth’s atmosphere at 37 miles per second, the friction burns the dust creating the long trails that we call meteors or “shooting stars.”
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