Snowshoe hike

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will lead a snowshoe hike over the city’s Little River Community Trail. The addition of four bridges to span gullies, plus numerous others across bogs, make the trail easier to negotiate. Come and explore four miles of woods — a wild trail for an urban setting.

The outing with take about three to four hours. Those without snowshoes may want to wear ice creepers over their boots and carry ski poles for easier walking. Bring lunch, extra warm layers, water and sunscreen.

Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Walsh Ball Field parking lot on Route 52, diagonally across the road from the YMCA in Belfast. Cars will be shuttled to the Reservoir on Route 1 where the hike will end. For more information, call 338-1147.

Winter tree identification workshop

In winter, without benefit of leaves, how can you identify trees as you explore our changed landscape? On Thursday, Feb. 16, Dorcas S. Miller — aka, The Practical Naturalist — and Cloe Chunn will demonstrate at the Belfast Bay Watershed’s monthly meeting.

Using a simple guide together with a hand lens (both provided at the meeting), they will walk participants through the steps of identifying common trees by the buds and small scars left behind after the autumn leaves have fallen. The meeting will be in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library at 6:30 p.m. The gathering is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Both Dorcas Miller and Cloe Chunn are instructors in the Maine Master Naturalist Program and have taught natural history for many years.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition plans regular outings to familiarize the public with the beauty and unusual features of the Belfast Bay’s watershed, as well as neighboring conservation properties.

Group members work to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic and public access resources in the watershed through research, community-building and education.