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Winter Events and Programs 2018

This is just a partial list of our 2018 winter events. More will be added soon!

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. It being winter in Maine, many of our programs are weather dependent. Check this website for cancellations. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Winter Ecology Walk

Sun., Feb. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.  *  Skolfield Shores Preserve, 33 Skolfield Drive, Harpswell  *  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Bowdoin Biology Professor Nat Wheelwright will lead a winter ecology walk on the trails at Skolfield Shores Preserve in Harpswell from 1-2:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to identify woody plants by their twigs and learn about common mosses and lichens, shelf fungi, winter birds and whatever else we happen upon. Dr. Wheelwright will discuss how animals and plants are adapted to survive our cold Maine winters. Free. Meet at the parking lot for the preserve on Skolfield Drive. Rain or snow or shine!

Community Snow Day

Mon., Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m.  *  Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell

Join Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for winter fun at Harpswell Community School on Monday, Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m. Sled, snowshoe and enjoy hot cocoa and tea at this free event. We will have snowshoes of all sizes available for you to try out on the trails leaving from the school. All ages and experience levels are welcome, as well as leashed dogs. No need to register in advance – just show up! This event is weather dependent. Check this website for an update.

Full Moon Snowshoe or Walk

Curt Chipman photo

Thurs., March 1, 6:30-8 p.m.  *  Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Savor the crisp air and moonlight as we explore the fields and trails at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve. Enjoy the snow on snowshoes. Or if there is no snow, join us for a walk. Free. Snacks and hot drinks provided. Dogs welcome. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, snowshoes and warm clothes. If you do not have snowshoes and would like to come, please let us know and we will find you some to borrow. Meet at the parking lot for the preserve at 1554 Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123). No need to register in advance – just show up! This event is weather dependent; check back on our website for an update.

Biodiversity in Maine: What it is, Why it Matters and Threats from Invasive Species

Wed., March 7, 5:30-7 p.m.  *  Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell  *  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

Learn from Andy Cutko of The Nature Conservancy in Maine about biodiversity in Maine, why it matters for people and wildlife and how it is threatened locally by invasive plants and animals.

Andy Cutko is the Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy in Maine, where he oversees all aspects of the Conservancy’s work related to scientific research and analysis, strategic planning, and managing scientists on staff. Andy’s prior work includes positions with the Maine Natural Areas Program, US Forest Service, and an environmental consulting firm. He holds degrees from Williams College and Duke University, and he is a licensed forester in Maine. Andy lives with his family on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham.

This event is organized by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership in collaboration with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Star Party

Fri., March 9, 6:15-7:45 p.m. * Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell

Please join us as we explore the night sky with a telescope. Members of the Southern Maine Astronomers will give an introduction to astronomy and guide participants on a tour of the night sky. This free, all-ages event is co-sponsored by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Orr’s Island Library and Harpswell Community School PTO. Dress for the outdoors, but there will be indoor access to warmth and bathrooms. Please bring a flashlight (red if you have one). Other useful items are a chair and binoculars. No need to sign up in advance – just show up. In case of inclement weather, check the HHLT website or the Orr’s Island Library website or facebook page.

Nip them in the Bud: Emerging Invasive Plants

Black Swallow-wort (Becky Gallery photo)

Wed., March 14, 5:30-7 p.m.  *  Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell  *  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

In Maine we are fortunate to have a modest selection of invasive plants compared to other parts of the country. However, several species are heading our way, and others are already in Maine but in limited areas. Come learn from Nancy Olmstead about how to identify these less common (for now) invasive plants and how to report suspected new arrivals. We will also discuss how to control these plants early before they pose a threat to our local plants and animals.

Nancy Olmstead is an Invasive Plant Biologist working in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry to spread awareness about invasive plants, help address them on state lands, coordinate an online mapping tool and provide scientific information to natural resource managers and the public.

This event is organized by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership in collaboration with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Spring Walk with a Naturalist

Sat., March 24, 10-11:30 a.m.  *  Hackett and Minot Trails, (please park at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell)

Join Maine Master Naturalist Priscilla Seimer to look for and learn about signs of spring. See what plants are emerging from their long winter dormancy. Check out the vernal pool for signs of wood frogs and salamanders. Enjoy this quiet moss-lined walk through the woods. This walk is geared towards adults but all ages are welcome. No need to sign up in advance – just show up.

Using Herbicides to Control Invasive Plants

Wed., March 28, 5:30-7 p.m.  *  Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell  *  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

Herbicides are an important tool in the invasive plant manager’s toolbox. But how do you know what to use, when to use it and how to apply it? What about health and ecological risks? And what are the rules and regulations at the state and local levels? In this workshop, Amanda Devine from Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Megan Patterson from the Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Mary Ann Nahf from the Harpswell Conservation Commission will give you a thorough overview of what you need to know before applying any pesticide.

Amanda Devine is Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Regional Stewardship Manager for southern and Midcoast Maine. She has 10+ years of experience in non-native invasive plant management. Megan Patterson is the Pesticide Program Manager for the Board of Pesticides Control. As Chair of the Harpswell Conservation Commission, Mary Ann Nahf and the group work towards ensuring pesticide control measures will not adversely affect the town’s marine resources.

This event is organized by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership in collaboration with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Kookie McNerney photo

Going Native: the Hows and Whys of including Native Plants in your Yard and Garden

Sat., April 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  *  Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell  *  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

You will hear about these topics:

  • Re-Envisioning your Landscape using Natives Plant Species to Support Local Wildlife with with Kathleen (Kookie) McNerney, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Edible Landscapes with Shawn Jalbert, Native Haunts
  • Planting Natives along the Shoreline with Kate Miller, local landscaper

Click here for details on this event.

Coming up, this spring is the Birding Extravaganza, a collaboration with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Merrymeeting Audubon.