Author: Sarah Gladu

I witnessed an amazing sight last night – thirty nighthawks overhead! They were darting and swooping so high there was no hope of me getting a photograph, but their pointed, swept-back wings with a distinguishing white slash well past the “elbow,” as well as the rounded head with an all-but-invisible beak, makes them easy to identify even far overhead. (…)

Hazelnuts, or filberts as they are sometimes known, are common here in Maine. They are an important food source for rodents, deer, and many birds including grouse and turkeys. They are very tasty but smaller than their European counterpart, which is what you would usually find at the grocery store. (…)

Leucanthemum vulgare is so common we tend to pass it by. A native of Asia, it spread across Europe and eventually North America, perhaps brought by early colonists as seed heads in hay. It tolerates a variety of soil types, can withstand heavy livestock hooves, repeated mowing or grazing and is extremely tolerant of drought and frost. A real survivalist. (…)

Making a sound map is a good activity for all ages and a fun way to practice listening skills and learn about using symbols.

What is coastal acidification, and how is it different from ocean acidification? Learn about the issue as it relates to midcoast Maine, as well as what’s being done in our area to better understand the problem.

Mapping is a great way to develop math and spatial relationship skills. This activity naturally lends itself to integrating art and language skills as well. There are many directions you could take it, so go outside and have fun with it!

You cannot miss a Hobblebush should you come across one. For one thing, its ever-reaching branches may stretch across the understory, directly into the trail right about at shin height, ready to trip you. Thus, the name “tangle-legs.” (…)

A hands-on, memorable way to help students understand place value using objects in nature. Being in an outdoor setting can help with learning as kids use all their senses to play and explore.

Coastal Rivers naturalist Sarah Gladu offers a guided video hike of Tracy Shore. Highlights of this South Bristol preserve are a vernal pool, a rushing stream, deep moss and shoreline along the Damariscotta River Estuary. (…)

Kingfishers or Alcedinidae are a family of small to medium-sized, boldly marked birds in the order Coraciiformes. There are 114 species world-wide, four of which can be found in North America. Kingfishers are identified, even in silhouette, by their large heads, long, pointed bills, short legs, and squared-off tails. (…)