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. (…)

serene wooded shoreline at seal cove

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.

periwinkle attached to a rock at the seashore

Join naturalist Sarah Gladu in the marsh and mudflats of Great Salt Bay to see what plants and creatures can be found. Identify marsh grasses, see juvenile horseshoe crabs, learn about the unusual reproductive strategy of clam worms, and much more.

Lulu inspecting a boat for invasive plants

An ounce of prevention Aquatic invasive plants are very good at spreading from one fresh water body to another by “hitchhiking” on boats and trailers. And they are considered “invasive” for a reason. Just a small piece of milfoil, for example, can spread throughout an entire lake or pond. Once these plants are established, they are almost impossible to remove. They spread rapidly and form dense mats near the surface of the water, blocking sunlight, crowding out native plants, and creating poor habitat for fish, diving birds, and other forms of wildlife. Not to mention getting in the way of …

Combatting invasives through Courtesy Boat Inspections Read More »

loon family

On loons, lakes and ponds For those who live on or near a lake or pond, or for anyone who cares about water quality in our fresh water lakes and ponds! Hear from guest speaker Tracy Hart, coordinator of Maine Audubon’s annual Loon Count. In addition, Sarah Gladu, Coastal Rivers’ Director of Education and Citizen Science, shares current data on the status of lakes and ponds in the Pemaquid River watershed. Sarah also provides an overview of Coastal Rivers’ initiatives to promote water quality and prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic plants, and addresses questions and concerns submitted by participants. …

Virtual Ponders Gathering – with Tracy Hart of Maine Audubon Read More »

beaked hazelnut shrub with developing nuts

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. (…)

black swallowwort vine in flower

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

sunset on the river

It’s something people do hereabouts; they sit, and watch, and stare, and think . . . and, no other way to describe it really, they just quietly luxuriate in the peace and beauty of their surroundings. Meditation. And I don’t recall ever seeing more evidence of this phenomenon than I have up and down the length of this river of ours, the Damariscotta. (…)

Wooden sign at La Verna

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.

Charley Eiseman in the field

Enjoy an intimate look at plant and animal interactions with renowned ecologist Charley Eiseman. Charley is responsible for documenting many newly discovered plant-animal relationships.