Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries, Spring 2018

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries this spring and fall. This series provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small.

You can sign up for any two-session topic for $20. This includes a one and a half hour classroom session and a two to three hour field trip. You are also welcome to sign up for the classroom session only for $5. Please do not sign up for the field trip if you don’t expect to also attend the classroom session. Scholarships are available.

Fall topics will include the bait industry, clams and marine invasives. We will announce details this summer.

The spring topics are as follows:

Ben Martens

Gulf of Maine Fisheries Management 101 with Ben Martens, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

  • Classroom session: Wed., May 2, 4:30-6 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell
  • Field session: Fri., May 4, 9-11 a.m., location to be announced

Come learn how Maine’s marine resources and seafood is managed. We will explore the potential that our fisheries hold to create healthy humans and healthy communities, and the management systems put in place to protect our marine resources. For the field session, join us on the dock as we talk about our working waterfronts, boats, gear and everything it takes to harvest the bounty of the Gulf of Maine.

Ben Martens is the Executive Director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. He works with Maine’s community-based fishermen to develop projects, policies, and ideas to strengthen Maine’s fisheries for today, tomorrow, and forever.

Using the microscopes at the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center (Lynn Knight photo)

The Intertidal Ecosystem with Elizabeth Halliday Walker, Bowdoin College

  • Classroom session: Wed., May 16, 4:30-6 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell
  • Field session: Sat., May 19, 8-10:30 a.m. at Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center, Bayview Rd, Orr’s Island

Learn about the diversity of organisms that live along the shoreline between high and low tide. Compare which animals and algae you find near the high tide line with those you find near the low tide line. For the field session, explore the intertidal zone and look at what you find back in the lab using Bowdoin College’s microscopes.

Elizabeth Halliday Walker, Ph.D., is a Laboratory Instructor at Bowdoin College. During the fall Marine Science Semester at Bowdoin, she works with students to monitor intertidal communities from Harpswell to the Bay of Fundy, as part of a long-term collaborative study of how the Gulf of Maine is responding to climate change.

Migratory Fish with Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn

  • Alicia Heyburn at the fish ladder on Nequasset Brook

    Classroom session: Wed., May 30, 4:30-6 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell

  • Field session: Sat., June 2, 2-4:30 p.m. at the fish ladder on Nequasset Brook in Woolwich (carpooling from Harpswell will be arranged)

Diadromous fish species require both fresh and salt water environments to complete their lifecycle, which means they need to migrate from the sea to Maine’s lakes and streams, and back. Come learn about these spectacular species, from alewives to American eel and shad to sea lamprey, that move in and out of Maine, and the challenges they face during migration. During the field trip to the fish ladder on Nequasset Brook in Woolwich you will get a chance to witness the alewife migration and support the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s efforts to count alewives.

Alicia Heyburn was project manager for the restoration of the fish ladder at Nequasset. She fell in love with alewives and continues to advocate for retaining connections between our rivers and the sea.