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Dorr: See Birds, Tracks, Make Valentines

Natural History Museum remains active throughout winter
Winter Term 2011 - Dorr Museum of Natural History

Winter offers special opportunities to understand and enjoy the natural world say the folks who run College of the Atlantic's George B. Dorr Museum. This winter, the museum staff and COA student naturalists have devised weekly means of getting outside, along with a special valentine workshop. Thanks to these active museum naturalists, you can plan to make valentines from seaweed, discover the birds of winter, and learn to understand the habits of small creatures in the snow.

  • Bird Walks: Wednesdays through March 9, 1-2 p.m. Second-year student Anna Stunkel is continuing her popular bird walks throughout the winter. With her help, participants will search nearby trails for common and uncommon birds, then head to the pier with a spotting scope for possible views of loons, ducks, gulls, and other seabirds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if possible. All ages welcome. Free. Contact if you have questions.
  • Tracking Walks: Thursdays through March 10, 10-11a.m. Junior Matt Dickinson takes participants out into the snow to learn to identify tracks and sign of creatures in this region. With his help, you'll be able to answer the question "What happened here?" During the walks, Dickinson will encourage participants to look through ancestral eyes, sparking a new kind of appreciation for the world. Dress for the weather; all ages welcome. Free. For more information, email
  • Seaweed Valentines: Saturday, February 5 from  2 to 4 p.m. Press different kinds of real seaweed into beautiful or funny shapes to create a unique valentine for your friend, sweetheart, or nemesis. Suggested donation: $3.50 for adults, $1.50 for children.  All ages welcome. Call the museum at 288-5395 or email

During the winter, the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History will open late on Fridays. Winter hours are Tuesday through Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday hours are 2 to 5 p.m. The museum features exciting animal dioramas, a touch tank, and special exhibit of insect collections. Donations are suggested. For more information, call the museum at 207-288-5395 or email

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