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Take a visit to 'Where the real 'wild things' are' on Oct. 30


Tin Mountain Halloween Hoots



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Kennett High Key Clubbers work on carving pumpkins for Halloween Hoots. Over 100 pumpkins are uniquely carved by TMCC staff, volunteers and Kennett High Key Clubbers. Donna Dolan. (click for larger version)
October 22, 2009
In the deep of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center Rockwell Sanctuary on Bald Hill Road in Albany, over 100 intricately carved pumpkins nestled along the winding nature trails illuminate your way to the "wild things."

Listen hard enough amidst the crackling leaves underfoot and you may hear the cries of the howling grey wolf, the goosebump-raising sounds of the black bear scratching tree trunks, the screeching and hooting sounds of the nocturnal owl, the swishing sound of a bird of prey in flight, the hissing sound of a slithering snake, the cry of the loon and the songs of the bullfrogs, but be careful… without forewarning the silence of a hanging brown bat or bones of a 600-pound moose may startle you more than the amazing facts you will gather about the many native wildlife you will encounter. And if you listen very carefully you will hear the spinning of webs from storytellers as you sit around a bonfire crunching cookies and slurping cider.

If you have been to Halloween Hoots before, you will be treated to a new spin; if this is your first time, you are in for great fun and educational treats for all ages.

It is recommended that you dress warm for the outdoors, wearing good walking shoes.

A flashlight is helpful. A Tin Mountain naturalist, volunteer or Kennett High Key Clubber will guide you to where the real "wild things" are.

Halloween Hoots is part of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center Nature Programs Series and is made possible through the generosity of L.L.Bean, the Evenor Armington Fund, and NRCS.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center promotes an appreciation of the environment. Donations of $5 per family and $3 per child are appreciated. Members are free. Sign up in advance — reservations are made in 15-minute intervals starting at 6 through 8 p.m. by calling Tin Mountain at 447-6991. Call now, as early spaces fill fast.

For more information on Tin Mountain Conservation Center programs log on to www.tinmountain.org.

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