Winter is a good time to plan for the upcoming foraging season. Soon the tree sap/sweet water will be flowing and providing minerals and vitamins, followed by flowers, leaves and fruit. Leafless trees provide the perfect canvas to get a closer look and gain confidence in identifying trees.
Join Hirundo staff in February to:
- Identify the most prominent/useful trees during winter
- Prepare trees and yourself for “sugaring season” in the near future and collecting season in the month and years to come
- Begin your personalized Tree ID booklet, “leaving” room for seasonal updates
- Enjoy a hearty soup with acorn flour muffins or pancake, local maple syrup and locally foraged tea
Maine Master Naturalist Larry Beauregard shares his tree knowledge and enthusiasm to help participants learn about harvesting sweet tree waters and how to turn them into syrup. With the additional support of Maine Master Naturalist Gudrun Keszöcze, participants will prepare necessary equipment and start a Tree ID booklet and, depending on weather conditions, tap trees.
Cost: Tiered ticket pricing, $35/$45/$55; includes lunch. Partial scholarships are available.
Snowshoes recommended; available upon request.
Location: Parker Reed shelter, accessible through Gate 1. Be prepared to walk ½ mile.
Street address: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town, Maine 04468