Author: Hannah McGhee

The Damariscotta River estuary is the backbone of our local economy. It offers incredible recreational opportunities and supports diverse and abundant wildlife. This invaluable resource is monitored on a regular, on-going basis by Coastal Rivers through a citizen-science water monitoring project.

In this recorded workshop you’ll hear from Sarah Gladu of Coastal Rivers and Kathleen Thornton from the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. They discuss estuarine conditions and share observations made from their analysis of Coastal River’s water quality data.

Today I heard on the radio that the people in Point Barrow have seen their last sunrise and sunset for the year. Not until late next January will they see real daylight again. For them, it must be a sobering way of marking time – kind of a tough fact of life in their arctic winter. Yet, knowing how people are, I’m sure those folks up there must find some pretense or other to mark this day with some sort of celebration.

I would bet, however, that the day the sun returns will (…)

These handsome hats are embroidered with Coastal Rivers’ colorful kingfisher logo and the words “Damariscotta-Pemaquid Region” above the opening on the back. They are one-size-fits-all, heavy duty cotton with an adjustable closure. Available in two colors, navy or clay. Click to find out how and where to get them.

Coastal Rivers’ Wabanaki program has been a fixture for schools all over Maine for many years. Every October, busloads of schoolkids spend one or more days at Salt Bay Farm learning about Wabanaki material culture from a Wabanaki educator – listening to traditional stories, playing Wabanaki games, tasting wild edibles, etching birch bark, and helping to build a wigwam.

Teachers place a high value on this unique program that offers an immersive experience like no other.

But how to make it available to schools during a pandemic?

Coastal Rivers is working toward a goal of achieving carbon neutrality within the next 5 years. A major step toward this goal was to install energy-efficient heat pumps to heat and cool the renovated Denny Conservation & Education Center at Round Top Farm. The next step is to power those heat pumps – and the bulk of our electrical needs overall – with solar-generated energy. Joining with Kieve-Wavus in a Power Purchase Agreement has moved us closer to that goal.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), the Sherman Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Newcastle has gained 48 acres as well as more permanent protection.

Despite the many challenges we’ve faced in 2020, you’ve helped make it a great year for land conservation, water quality, public access, and education in the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region. This video highlights just a few of the many projects we’ve been working on.

Twin Villages Foodbank Farm’s success is rooted in partnerships and strong support from the community. Although a few things are different this year with Covid, the farm is on target to grow 50,000 pounds of food to donate to Lincoln County food pantries, and to aggregate another 20,000 pounds from other growers in its food storage hub.

One of the most important things every property owner can do is to have a great buffer between your home and lawn and any stream, lake, pond, estuary, or ocean. Join Sarah Gladu for slides, video and conversation about how to create a great buffer.

Are you wondering how to make good use of the wild plants around your home? Naturalist Sarah Gladu, Coastal Rivers’ Director of Education and Citizen Science, can help you to get started. Follow along as she points out greens, bark, berries and tubers that are commonly found in midcoast Maine and shares some basic recipes.