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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: Brook Trout

Nature Notes: Brook Trout

Ed Robinson
April 11, 2022

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. The mid-September day was perfect for fishing; overcast, upper 50’s, light breeze, no mosquitos, swamp maples in bright red dress.  The fly was a floating elk hair caddis, one of… Read more

Intertidal: Seasonal shifts come to the coast

Originally published in the Press Herald Last weekend spring officially arrived. While it doesn’t often feel like spring when the calendar officially says it begins, this year was an exception. Not only did the sun cross the celestial equator, dividing the sky from south to north on the vernal equinox, but it was actually warm… Read more

Profile: Sam Alexander

Profile: Sam Alexander

Tim McCreight
March 9, 2022

Sam Alexander, Sr. knows Harpswell pretty well, which is not surprising since he’s spent most of his three score and ten years here (so far). His ancestor, William Alexander, was one of the first persons of European descent to live here, moving from Topsham after his father was killed in a raid by Native Americans… Read more

Nature Notes: Insects at Risk

Nature Notes: Insects at Risk

Ed Robinson
March 9, 2022

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

Year in Review: 2021

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
February 9, 2022

While reflecting back on 2021, we wanted to take this opportunity to share our accomplishments. We are deeply grateful for the volunteers, donors, trustees, and staff who enable our continued success. Here is a list of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust accomplishments in 2021: After a successful and short fundraising campaign, we closed on our new… 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

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust embarks on leadership transition

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor Harpswell Heritage Land Trust will embark on a leadership transition Feb. 1, as the second executive director in the history of the organization moves into a half-time role and HHLT’s outreach director takes on the title of acting executive director. Reed Coles, HHLT’s executive director for the last 16-plus… 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