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Nature Notes: Winter Moth

If you enjoy this article, you’re sure to love Ed Robinson’s 2018 book, Nature Notes from Maine, which includes many of the wildlife stories on this website, new stories and stunning photographs and ink drawings. Click here for details. By Ed Robinson November finds us enjoying the last of the foliage season, but it can be a… Read more

Controlling Browntail moths as they lay eggs

Controlling Browntail moths as they lay eggs

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
August 2, 2016

The following very helpful information is from Tulle Frazer. She reported seeing Browntail moths laying eggs in late July. “I was out on one of my several daily rounds to kill Japanese beetles today, but was sidetracked by a more bothersome insect. I killed about 30 adult Browntail moths that I found laying eggs. I believe… Read more

Native Plants Take Center Stage

Native Plants Take Center Stage

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
July 5, 2016

By Kara Douglas Published in the Harpswell Anchor, July 2016 Wild blueberry, gray birch, New England aster – you’ve seen them all, even if they don’t catch your eye upon first glance. In fact, they seem to blend in, are seemingly indistinguishable from the woods and meadows in which they grow. They, along with nearly… Read more

Ticks, Browntail Moths and Poison Ivy

Ticks, Browntail Moths and Poison Ivy

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
June 1, 2016

By Julia McLeod This week I went for a lovely walk by a stream in Harpswell, on a property soon to be acquired by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.  Pink lady slippers were blooming, and we watched a Great Blue Heron clumsily take flight.  It was quiet and sunny and made me love my job. But… Read more

The Connections Between Land and Water

By Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation Have you considered that your actions on land have a direct impact on the health of the ocean around us? Everything that we do ashore, from driving our cars, to building our homes, to caring for our lawns, has an impact upon clean… Read more

Nature Notes: Vernal Pools

Spotted salamanders are one of the animals that depend on vernal pools. They lay their eggs there. (Ed Robinson photo) Under the snows of winter, Mother Nature is preparing a seasonal treat for us as we eagerly anticipate mud season. Ok, I was stretching things a bit since mud season is generally viewed as the… Read more

Nature Notes: Animal Tracking

Red squirrel tracks in the snow. If you want to play detective, there is a much you can learn from reading footprints left by some of the wild inhabitants of Harpswell. As a boy, I had the run of thousands of acres of land near my home. The woods and fields were filled with a… Read more