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New Bog Beer Release by Orono Brewing Company

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
On Friday, November 10th at 3:30pm the Orono Brewing Company, 20 Main Street, Orono will release “Bog Monster”, a double IPA brewed especially to support our Boardwalk reconstruction campaign.  A portion of each sale will support the Boardwalk Reconstruction Campaign.  Hope to see you there!  Spread the word – it is an “event” on Orono Brewing Company’s Facebook page.

Reconstruction Update – 7 November 2017

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

On Thursday, November 2nd we finished taking out 96 old sections, 2 interpretive stations, and 3 wheelchair turnarounds and installed 96 new sections + stations and turnarounds!  Thirty-eight volunteers worked 693 volunteer hours between October 15-November 2 to accomplished this.  What a wonderful effort!!  

Find out more about our reconstruction activities and fundraising here.


Boardwalk in the News

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

See the recent segment on our reconstruction fundraising campaign.

WABI TV Interview

And an article from the Bangor Daily News

BDN Article

Boardwalk Reconstruction Campaign Receives Large Donation

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The boardwalk is happy to announce a new, large donation to our reconstruction efforts.  Read more about it here!


Upcoming Nature Walks

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The following nature walks are planned for the remainder of the summer:


Bog Plant Adaptations. Saturday July 8, 9am with UM Professor Emerita Christa Schwintzer


Bog Walk for Kids**. Monday, July 17, 10am with 3rd year UM Ecology and Environmental Studies student and Boardwalk summer intern


International Bog Day, Sunday, July 23, 1pm. Talks and book signings by Boardwalk founder Professor Emeritus Ron Davis and Bangor Daily News reporter Aislinn Sarnacki


Forest Insect Pests, Saturday, July 29, 10am with Allison Kanoti, forest entomologist, Maine Forest Service


Ticks and Mosquiotes. Saturday, August 19, 10am with UM Assistant Professor Allison Gardner, School of Biology and Ecology


Bog Hydrology. Saturday September 9, 10am with UM Professor Andy Reeve, School of Earth and Climate Sciences.


** limit of 8, k-4th grade children. Must be accompanied by a guardian


All of these walks will meet at cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  If you would like to attend any of these walks please e-mail or call 866-2578 to reserve a spot.  If e-mailing, please include a phone number in case of a weather cancellation.

Boardwalk director Jim Bird interviewed by Fox 22 News

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

See the interview here.

Boardwalk News – 3 March 2017

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
A new paper has just been published concerning research at the Orono Bog Boardwalk and the Caribou Bog:  Jennings, Daniel T., Longcore, Jerry R., and Bird, James E. 2017.  Spiders (Araneae) inhabit lepidopteran-feeding shelters on ferns in Maine, USA. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 13: 5-14.



Orono Bog Boardwalk Closing Early for the 2016 Season

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Orono Bog Boardwalk will close at 4:30pm on Saturday October 15th. This is six weeks sooner than normal, but is necessary for phase three of the Boardwalk reconstruction process. Between the mid-October’s closure and next spring’s reopening, 48 more sections of the Boardwalk will be replaced, along with one interpretive station and one wheelchair turnout. The newly-installed sections will be constructed of composite decking with cladded aluminum siding and stainless steel footings as are the 251 sections installed in the past three years. We are currently raising funds for the next 48 sections. We hope to have the funds in place by Spring 2017.

A volunteer staff maintains the Boardwalk and provides information and education for visitors, including school and community groups. The facility is jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the City of Bangor, and the University of Maine. Its operation and maintenance are funded entirely through donations, sales of Boardwalk merchandise, and grants.

For information about the Boardwalk or to volunteer for the October phase of reconstruction or contribute funds to the reconstruction and continued operation of the Boardwalk, visit our web page or our facebook page., e-mail, or call 866-2578.

Update – May 31st 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Hi all,


The annual Boardwalk auction on May 21st was a success!  We made $4,623.62.  Thanks to all the Campaign Committee members who planned, organized, and helped with the auction.  They are Kourtney Collum, Jen and Cason Snow, Cindy Mehnert, Judy Round, Donna and Gerry Dwyer, Jerry Longcore, and Jim Bird.  Thank you to the great set-up crew:  all of the above plus Mary Bird, Becky Van Beneden, Bob Cashon, Chris and Casey Wilkins, and Norah and Will St. Peter (let me know if I’ve missed someone).  Thanks to our auctioneer John Cheney who did a great job.  Thanks to Juan Condori and Ellie May Shufro, “Village to Village”, who provided wonderful music. And last but not least thanks to Sharon Fitzgerald who led the effort (with help from the Friday Fiber Friends) to restore the antique quilt that we raffled at the auction.


On Saturday, June 4th from 7:30-9am, local area birders Paul Markson and Gloria Volmers will lead a bird walk at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Paul and Gloria on what should be an excellent bird walk.


World Wide Knit in Public Day ( is on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm at the cabin area.  Rain date is Sunday June 19th.  Bring your knitting, lunch, and a folding chair and have a great day of knitting and friendship.  We’ll put up a canopy for shade.  Contact for more information.


Christa Schwintzer will be leading a nature walk on plant adaptations to the bog environment on Saturday, June 25th at 9am.  Meet at the cabin area.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Christa on this always popular walk.


Ron Davis’s wonderful new book “Bogs & Fens” will be available for sale at the Boardwalk starting this Wednesday.  The price is $24.95.  We are planning a book signing at the Boardwalk cabin area on June 25th at 11am.  For docents:  Those writing checks for purchase – the checks should be made out to University of Maine with Boardwalk on the memo line.  All other checks (other sales, donations, etc.) should be made out to the University of Maine Foundation with Boardwalk campaign on the memo line.


University of Maine Professor Brian Olsen led a bird walk from the Tripp Drive parking lot and onto the Boardwalk on Saturday, May 21st.  The particpants on the walk heard and/or saw 33 species including a new species for the Boardwalk:  Eastern Kingbird!  The Eastern Kingbird was seen in the open after Station 4.  Also seen was a Gray Jay, only the third time Boardwalk volunteers had seen this bird.  The Gray Jay was seen in the open between Stations 6 & 7.  Other birds seen and/or heard were Mourning Dove, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and American Goldfinch.  It was a great 2 hours of birding at the Boardwalk.  Thanks Brian!!


Thanks to Phil Locke and Karl Hill for all the clean-up work on the interior of the cabin.  The new shelves are great!

Bird Walk – June 4th 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
On Saturday, June 4th from 7:30-9am, area birders Paul Markson and Gloria Volmers will lead a bird walk at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Paul and Gloria on what should be an excellent bird walk.