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Protecting our Dark Sky

Harpswell is known for its iconic views of sea and shore. North, south, east or west, spin the compass and you’ll find scenes of great natural beauty all around. Well, here’s another direction to look and see something amazing. Up. The night sky in Harpswell is one of the town’s treasures, dotted with planets, stars… Read more

Harpswell’s Island Heritage

Introduction Harpswell Township is home to almost half of Casco Bay’s more than 200 islands, listing 98 islands within its borders. Four of these are the heavily-populated Great Island (formerly Sebascodegan Island), Dingley Island, Orr’s Island, and Bailey Island. That leaves 94 “outer” islands, accessible only by water or air. The exact count can be… Read more

Water: All Around us, yet a Threatened Resource

The town of Harpswell is 81% water, so it seems odd to say that the town has a water shortage. Odd but true. Of course the reason is that the 81% refers to salt water, aka the Atlantic Ocean, and the shortage refers to fresh drinking water, or technically, potable groundwater. A full understanding of… Read more

Harpswell Nature Watchers

Harpswell Nature Watchers

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
September 20, 2022

Harpswell Nature Watchers is a project of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Its goal is to encourage people of all ages to go outside and be nature observers. We hope that by sharing our own observations with you, we may inspire curiosity to explore and more closely inspect what is going on in the natural… Read more

An Update on Harpswell Herons

As some of you might know, in 2019, Harpswell students helped biologist Danielle D’Auria capture a great blue heron on a local pond. “Harper” was equipped with a GPS transmitter and promptly flew to new adventures. She relocated to New Brunswick, Canada, then migrated to Guajaca Uno, Cuba for the winter. Harper has since been… Read more

On the Water this Spring

I write this in mid-April, a time when the bays and harbors are coming alive once more. For those of you new to the area, Harpswell reaches into Casco Bay with its 216 miles of shoreline, creating harbors and coves from Harpswell Neck to Cundy’s Harbor. We have commercial wharves scattered along our shorefront. In… 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: Insects at Risk

Almost daily we are presented with more evidence of significant changes taking place around the globe. The big news items often refer to global warming, the status of the ozone hole, deforestation in the Amazon and rising CO2 emissions. Close to home we regularly hear about rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine and the impact on… Read more