Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.7.16 edition

#NewYearsResolutions: I made only one. #GetOutsideMore Who’s with me? #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) Build a #birdfeeder and #ski or #snowshoe the #NatureTrails in #Limestone. 2) The first citizen’s #XCSkiRace of the season in #Madawaska. 3) A snowshoe outing in #FortKent. Plus lots more! #offugo…


Saturday, January 9-Sunday, January 10

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Regional Biathlon Competition, Fort Kent.



*Saturday, January 9

Friends of ANWR Second Saturday Series: For The Birds, Limestone. 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Make a pine cone bird feeder and hike or ski on our trails! Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or visit FMI


*Sunday, January 10
FSTA Deprey Classic Ski Race – Aroostook Cup #1, Madawaska.
Kick off the 2016 Aroostook Cup series! Distance: 6k Freestyle. Registration: 11:30 a.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Youth start: 12:15 p.m. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $10. Pasta meal available for purchase before/after race. Contact Colin Jandreau (207-728-6103) or FMI


Thursday, January 14

Baxter State Park Summer Camping Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in-person only at Baxter State Park Authority Headquarters, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket. Only 20% of each campground may be reserved; two reservation limit per person or camp group. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI


*Saturday, January 16

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Snowshoe Poker Run, Fort Kent. 6:30 p.m. at FKOC lodge. Come join us for fun on the trails and food and socializing afterwards. Bring friends and a snack to share! Best poker hand wins half the pot! Proceeds support FKOC. Snowshoe rentals available. Cost: $5/member or UMFK student, $8/non-member. Visit FMI


Wednesday, January 20

Aroostook Birders Meeting and Presentation, Presque Isle. 7:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Folsom Hall, Room 301. “From 1880 to Present: A Look at UMPI’s Ornithology Teaching Collection.” Bird enthusiasts of all ages, ability levels welcome. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, January 23

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent. 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or visit FMI


Saturday, January 23

Healthy You Moonlight Snowshoe Hike, Easton. 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Francis Malcolm Science Center. Join us for a guided snowshoe hike through wooded trails with science educator Larry Berz. Hot cocoa will be served following the hike. Pre-registration required; snowshoes must be reserved. Contact Healthy You (207-498-1361) FMI


Sunday, January 24

FKOC Frostbite XC Ski Event – Aroostook Cup #2, Fort Kent. Distances: 3k, 7.5k, 15k Freestyle. Registration: 11:30 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Race start, Fee: TBA. Contact Paul Cyr (207-834-6478) or FMI


*Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31

11th Annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Sinclair. Maine’s largest cash prize ice fishing derby; $16,000 in cash prizes! Derby Waters: Long, Cross, St. Froid, Square, Eagle, Glazier, Beau, Portage Lakes, Carr Pond, St. John River. Registration: at Long Lake Sporting Club, 48 Sinclair Rd. Proceeds benefit Paradis Cancer Fund. Visit FMI


*Tuesday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 16

Eastern Aroostook Adult Ed. Hunter Safety, Caribou. Meets at Caribou Learning Center. Required for those 16 and up seeking first time hunting license. Learn firearms safety, hunter ethics, map & compass, first aid, survival, game ID and proper care, hunting laws. Students build survival kits. Cost: $5. Contact Eastern Aroostook Adult Ed. (207-493-4272) FMI


*Saturday, February 6

Twin County Wheelers ATV Club Molunkus Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Molunkus Twp. 6:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Molunkus Lake. Registration: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Fishing time 7:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Weigh in/prizes awarded at 3:30 p.m. Great food, drinks available. Contact Mollie Straub (207-619-0025) FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at FMI


Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI


UMPI Meteorology Course, Presque Isle. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 19-May 12; 12:30-1:45 p.m. Learn about basic weather systems, how to identify cloud formations and interpret what they mean in terms of upcoming weather. Emphasis placed on northern Maine weather. Contact Ted Shapiro (207-764-4461) or FMI


Sportsmen’s Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit FMI


Caribou Rec. Ski-Daddle Program, Caribou. Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Jan. 5–March 1. Designed for Grades 3-5. Lessons include intro to XC ski equipment, techniques, lots of outdoor fun. Cost: $10/resident, $25/non-resident. Ski equipment available; pre-registration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit FMI


*Valley Outdoor Centre Wednesday Night Skiing, Centreville, NB. Wednesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at VOC, 133 Upton Rd. Come on out for a night ski with a group to keep you company. Bring headlamp, stay for snacks, drinks afterwards. Cost: $2/member, $5/non-member, $3/rentals. Visit Valley Outdoor Centre at FMI


Four Season Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit FMI


Fort Kent Outdoor Center Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program, Fort Kent. Saturdays; 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Open to youth ages 4-14; Nordic skiing, rifle shooting, and LOTS of games! Cost: Free; participants asked to purchase FKOC memberships or daily trail passes. Contact Gail Johnson FMI


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