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Trail Mix

Editor’s note: This is an online version of Trail Mix, a listing of outdoor activities that runs weekly on our Thursday Outdoors page. Listings in Trail Mix are free. E-mail outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 Ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/

∎ “The Ebb and Flow of Winter”; Photography Hike with Beth Reynolds. The winter landscape is rich in photographic opportunities. Join photographer and teacher Beth Reynolds on Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Observe the ebb and flow of winter through the camera’s eye as Reynolds coaches participants on shooting quality images while packing light. The group’s focus will be on learning to pay attention, reading the light and sharing in the observations of other group members to create better photos. Northfield Naturalist, Kim Noyes will share information on winter ecology, animal tracks, porcupine dens and the natural history of the mountain. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them, dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving, wear warm footwear and bring a water bottle and snack to take on the trail. Bring only one camera, a light weight tripod and one or two lenses. This program is for anyone age 12 and older and is $10 ($26 with snowshoe rental). Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800- 859-2960.

■ “Bark: Get to Know Your Trees.” Join Michael Wojtech, naturalist and author, on Wednesday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Athol Town Hall for this free program.” Wojtech is the author of “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast” and will share his expertise through slides and hands-on activities. You will learn about a system for distinguishing species by their bark, and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? Open to naturalists with all levels of experience and recommended for ages 12 and older, this program, co-sponsored with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, is part of Athol Bird and Nature Club’s year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. Wojtech will be available after the program to sign copies of his book. For more information visit: www.knowyourtrees.com The program will take place at Liberty Hall, in the Athol Town Hall at 584 Main St.

■ “Bark: Get to Know Your Trees Field Walk.” Join Michael Wojtech, naturalist and author of “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast,” on the trails of Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an exploration of bark. For more information on Wojtech, see the above listing. The registration fee is $10, plus snowshoe rental if needed. Free to Athol Bird and Nature Club members. Wojtechl will be available to sign copies of his book. Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800-859-2960.

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