Category: On the trails

Featured trails, videos, and other trails-related news.

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 event we run through the variety of volunteer opportunities available, and talk about precautions we are taking this season due to COVID. This will be followed by a chance to ask questions about the opportunities that interest you most. There is a job for every interest, whether it’s monitoring water quality, stewardship, handy-work, hospitality, nature education, or photography!

Our stewardship team is looking for volunteers to help with two outdoor tasks: keeping trails trimmed up and continuing the effort to remove invasive plants at Round Top Farm. Here’s the scoop on both opportunities.

How do you tell a fisher from an otter by its footprints? Learn the finer points of tracking Maine wildlife in this online program with naturalist Sarah Gladu.

Sarah shares photos of tracks and signs and discusses the animals who left them, from birds to weasels.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the harvest operation at Dodge Point Public Land in Newcastle, Maine. Hear about the goals, scope and status of the current project, and get some background on the Dodge Point property, formerly the award-winning Freeman Tree Farm. Forester Stephen Richardson explains how BPL is managing the stand for forest health, wildlife, and recreation, and answers participants’ questions about the expected short and long-term impacts of the harvest.

Join Sarah for a walk at Walpole Woods in South Bristol. This upland forest habitat provides wonderful cover and food for all sorts of animals and birds. See tracks left by jumping mice, red and gray squirrel, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, fox and more. Sarah also points out interesting plants, trees and other features she encounters along the way.

Explore Seal Cove Shore through the lens of John Moon-Black. A filmmaker based in Southern Maine, John grew up attending the summer camps hosted by Coastal Rivers (then DRA) and walking the land trust’s trails.

With a great growing season this summer, invasive plants are making their presence known. Would you like to help push them back?

Take a walk at La Verna! This video was created for us by volunteer John Moon-Black. A filmmaker based in Southern Maine, John grew up attending the summer camps hosted by Coastal Rivers (then DRA) and walking the land trust’s trails.

Trail tamer Joy Vaughan shares her approach to grooming Coastal Rivers Trails while taking her daily walk. If you follow her admirable lead, please take seriously her admonition (and ours) not to do any cutting near the shore.

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. (…)