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Nature Notes: Dark-eyed Junco

Someone asked me once if I feared running out of topics for these monthly columns. Hah! There is no chance of that! There is such diversity in the natural world, and so many potential story ideas piled up on the desk that my ashes will be pushing up lupines before the backlog is cleared. The… Read more

Nature Notes: Dormant

One definition for the word dormant is being “temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated.” That describes how I feel after a hard day of cutting, splitting and stacking firewood followed by a long snooze. It takes the old noggin a few minutes to get up to speed for polite conversation with my long-suffering spouse…. Read more

2023 in Photos

2023 in Photos

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
December 28, 2023

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to a fantastic 2023! This year we protected the new Anna M. Tondreau Preserve, finished a new trail at the Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island, hosted 10 sessions of Nature Day Camp, received more than 400 submissions to the Photo Project, and so much… Read more

40 Reasons to Join HHLT

40 Reasons to Join HHLT

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
December 5, 2023

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is celebrating 40 years of supporting conservation and education in Harpswell. Together we have protected special places, opened up land for public access, and educated people of all ages. It has been truly a community effort, driven by a shared mission to leave Harpswell a better place for future generations. To… Read more

Nature Notes: Peregrine Falcon

How things have changed! When I was young, mankind was still of the mindset that the natural world existed mostly for our pleasure and exploitation, and we were hell bent upon control of everything around us. Our chemical industries were hard at work inventing new products to kill every possible irritating insect and we were… Read more

This Week in Harpswell: November 4-12, 2023

This Week in Harpswell: November 4-12, 2023

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
November 13, 2023

We had so many great submissions for our last round of the photo project in 2023! We had 110 photos sent in by 20 photographers, so below we’ve included a selection for you to see. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! To learn more about our This Week in Harpswell photo project, click… Read more

Nature Notes: Yellow-rumped Warbler

“So, what is that, Scott, 75?” “More like 95, Ed, you missed a few while you were looking for that northern harrier over the marsh!” The location was Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on the Delmarva Peninsula in Virginia, on an October morning perfect for a long walk with binoculars in hand. It is… Read more

Curtis Farm Bonfire Disposes of Invasive Plants

Curtis Farm Bonfire Disposes of Invasive Plants

Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership
October 24, 2023

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor Drivers passing the Curtis Farm Preserve on Harpswell Neck on Oct. 13 couldn’t have missed the smoke from a bonfire next to the parking lot. Once again, it was the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership at work. Over the past year or so, HIPP has been clearing invasive plants from… Read more

2023 Community Questionnaire Results

2023 Community Questionnaire Results

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
October 10, 2023

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our Community Questionnaire earlier this year! We had a total of 304 responses and we are so grateful for all the feedback we received. Your honest opinions help HHLT understand how our goals align with those of our community. The majority of responses to… Read more