Author: Hannah McGhee

Though our in-person event was not to be this year, we celebrated in style with an online event. One great benefit of the online format is that we have a recording for those who missed it!

Board President Joel Russ and Treasurer Bob Barkalow offer some brief remarks, followed by a slideshow presentation by Executive Director Steven Hufnagel. Hear about highlights from the past year and a half as well as projects we’re working on right now.

Fifth and sixth graders at South Bristol School (SBS) enjoyed a different kind of learning experience the week of September 18. Along with their teachers and Education Director Sarah Gladu, they commuted to school on Witch Island every morning in two small boats.

The Island Program takes place every other year, and offers an unforgettable opportunity for students to experience place-based learning right in their backyard, while tapping into Coastal Rivers’ expertise in nature education. Each day, the students participated in all the same subjects they normally would, but delivered and experienced in a different way.

One late summer day, I walked down a dusty road on a backwater of Merrymeeting Bay. The tall grass on both sides waved in the breeze with the singing of crickets whose cadence filled the quiet, and goldenrod and fall asters labeled the season for what it was: warm, lazy and fleeting.

Merrymeeting Bay was a new place in my experience, a vast marshland teeming with life. I was taking part in a waterfowl survey. It was mid-afternoon, and there was a sense of (…)

Visitors to Salt Bay Preserve in Newcastle will notice a couple changes: the removal of the aluminum bridge, and closure of the southeastern segment of the trail that passed over private property.

Wooden bridges have a limited lifespan, especially when they are in reach of high tides and storm surge. The old creek crossing at the bottom of the Fox Run trail at Salt Bay Farm, much loved by summer campers and school groups as a good spot to search for critters in the creek, had served its purpose for a number of years. However, the wood was beginning to rot and had a tendency to be displaced by high water.

It’s not often we get to share the news about a new trail! This summer, after extensive preparation, Trail Tamers volunteers and Coastal Rivers staff began cutting a trail at Keyes Woods Preserve in Bristol.

Conservation at a meaningful scale Earlier this spring, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust completed the purchase of a 165-acre property on the west side of River Road in Edgecomb, a short distance south of Dodge Point. The expansive wooded parcel features a grown-over field and orchard bounded by rock walls, lush wetlands, at least one vernal pool, and a blueberry barren. It is also crisscrossed by streams draining both east into the Damariscotta River and west into the Sheepscot, making the property a point of connection between the two watersheds and buffering water quality in both. Coastal Rivers is particularly excited …

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Thanks to the generosity of John Hall and Paula Crook, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust recently acquired nearly 10 acres in Bristol. John and Paula donated one portion of the land and sold another to Coastal Rivers at a bargain sale (significantly less than market value), leaving only a small amount for Coastal Rivers to fundraise for.

The new preserve adds to the 140 acres already conserved in and around the popular La Verna Preserve.

Our volunteers are what make our work possible. We couldn’t do nearly as much as we do in land conservation, water quality monitoring, and education without the many passionate people who give their time.

In this recorded program Coastal Rivers staff run through the variety of volunteer opportunities available and how to sign up. There is a job for every interest, whether it’s monitoring water quality, stewardship, handy-work, hospitality, nature education, or photography!

New lessons from puffins and terns Hear from Dr. Stephen Kress and Dr. Don Lyons about seabird restoration in Maine. The story of how a colony of Atlantic puffins was restored off the coast of Maine offers hope and inspiration at a time when many seabird species worldwide are threatened because of invasive predatory mammals, marine pollution, and the effects of climate change. Dr. Kress provides examples of how methods he developed for bringing puffins back to Maine are helping to create new colonies of endangered seabirds around the world. Dr. Lyons shares how restored colonies of puffins and terns are …

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