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Recreational Fishing in Harpswell

Son-in-law Pete chuckled with delight as he pulled up his fishing line which had a life of its own with several squirming mackerel attached to it. His line was rigged with a collection of 7 small flies in what is known as a Sabiki rig. If you position yourself on a local dock with a… Read more

Landscaping for Wildlife

Landscaping for Wildlife

Amelia Graham
May 4, 2022

The idea of landscaping for wildlife can be daunting. How do you choose the plants? Won’t it require a lot of extra work? Isn’t it expensive? The truth is, with a little research, landscaping your yard for local wildlife species is straightforward and could even save you money on mowing and treating your lawn. The… Read more

Intro to Birding

Intro to Birding

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
April 14, 2022

Interested in birding? We encourage you to watch a recording of Judy Marino’s 2021 Intro to Birding workshop. Click here for the recording. Download a helpful resource sheet for beginning birders created by Judy Marino. This Intro to Birding session will present basic guidelines and hints for identifying birds, with emphasis on appropriate habitat as… Read more

Nature Notes: Ruffed Grouse

This is one of 40 wildlife essays found in Ed Robinson’s second book, Nature Notes from Maine: Puffins, Black Bears, Raccoons & more. Click here for details. It was a brisk but glorious winter day, dazzling blue sky, no wind and ten inches of diamond-bright powder on top of a two-foot base.  Snowshoeing through the… Read more

Community Solar Farms — What’s the Deal?

Do you get those flyers in the mail for “community solar farms”? Do they sound too good to be true? We thought so, too.  That’s why we sat down, took a closer look, asked around, and figured out how the farms work to see how much money you’d really save. Here’s what we learned: The… Read more

Nature Notes: Lights of the North

We were dog tired after a long day of rowing the heavy rafts 23 miles down the winding river, much of it into the wind. Charlie and Pete had suffered on their raft with a broken rowing frame held together with duct tape. Another 12 miles to go early the next morning to meet our… Read more

Global Change, Wildlife and the Environment

Flying squirrel (Photo by EEI Tony, iStock) The saw cut was challenging since the sizable limb forked off the main trunk of the maple tree near shoulder height. I let the sharp chain do its job, ensuring that my footing was secure and maintaining a firm hold on the powerful machine. With the cut nearly… Read more

Eelgrass Mapping

Eelgrass Mapping

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
November 1, 2021

By Rep. Jay McCreight On July 8, 2021, Governor Mills signed into law a bill that establishes regular mapping of eelgrass beds and salt marsh vegetation in the state. In five-year cycles, each segment of the coast from Southern Maine to Downeast Maine will be mapped, providing up-to-date information about the presence and health of… Read more

See below for video recordings of past webinars in our 2021 “Stories of Change” series. Rockweed Research from the Bottom up with Hannah Webber Click here to watch a webinar recording from October 26, 2021. Rockweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, covers much of the rocky intertidal in Maine; it is ecologically and economically important. This talk will focus… Read more