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Scarborough Marsh events set for Saturday

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Scarborough Marsh events set for Saturday

SCARBOROUGH — Exploration of land and water is promised Saturday when the Friends of Scarborough Marsh hosts "Experience the Marsh."

The events begin at 10 a.m. with a 90-minute canoe tour, launched from the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Pine Point Road. The tour will offer a chance to view seasonal changes in the marsh, and migrating shorebirds and raptors.

Tour costs are $11 for adults and $10 for children. For more tour information, call 781-2330, ext. 213 or email smac@maineaudubon.org.

Farther inland at 10 a.m., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Kelly Boland will lead a free, 90-minute nature walk at Fuller Farm, a 220-acre preserve on Broadturn Road. The land is owned by the Scarborough Land Trust.

Fuller Farm, east of Broadturn Farm, features field and woodland trails and frontage on the Nonesuch River, the largest freshwater source of the Scarborough Marsh. The land is also a habitat for the New England cottontail rabbit, a state-endangered species. For more information, visit scarboroughlandtrust.org.

At 1 p.m., Friends of Scarborough Marsh Director Linda Woodard will lead a free, 90-minute bird and nature walk at the Gervais Property off Manson Libby Road, adjacent to the Dunstan River.

The land was acquired by the Friends of Scarborough Marsh in 2009 and is administered by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The walk will conclude at an observation tower allowing visitors an expanded view of varied ecosystems and migrating hawks.

For more information on the Gervais Property bird and nature walk, call 781-2330, ext. 213 or email smac@maineaudubon.org.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.