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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition!

 P.O. Box 152, Belfast, ME 04915       

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BELFAST BAY 

WATERSHED NEWS 

Earth Days Waldo County

was a busy week in April

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Left: Geology Walk of the Belfast Rail Trail with two

Maine geologists.

Gene Randall photo

Right: Earth Skills Workshop

Fire making with bow drill, weaving cordage

from milkweed Hiber, making baskets from

willow and red osier dogwood.

Below:Nancy Zane teaches Map and

Compass

Cloe Chunn photos

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Right: Maine Senator Mick

Devin, also a marine biologist,

addresses a full Abbott Room

audience about Ocean

AcidiHication and Warming,

Marine Plastics, and their

disastrous effects on marine

life, Hisheries, and their far-

reaching effects on Maine

communities.

More Earth Days Waldo County

events included hikes, Hilms with

discussions, a Permaculture

demonstration, and potluck meal.

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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition!

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Last Evening Program at the Belfast Library

until Fall

Thursday, May 18, 6:30 pm. Bird IdentiHication and Conservation. Jody Telfair, a Maine Master
Naturalist, will join our Bird Week efforts with a review of bird identification. She will discuss ways to 
help birds, resident and migratory, in their plight for survival. Free and open to the public.

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Evening Ocean Program in Rockland

Thursday, May 4. Ocean Frontiers III, a documentary showcasing leaders in Northeast Atlantic Ocean

stewardship and the new blue economy, at the Strand Theater. The event, co-sponsored with Island

Institute, begins at 6:00 with a reception, 7:00 Hilm, followed by panel discussion, Q&A.

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Welcome, Two New Board Members!

Gene and Marianne Randall moved from Winter Park, Florida, to Belfast, at the end of 2015 to be

closer to Gene’s family (all 30 of them!!). After a career in accounting and Hinance management

(Gene) and education (Marianne), and extensive involvement in local and state affairs, they now look

forward to enjoying the wonders of the Maine outdoor environment, local activities, and family

gatherings.

One of their Hirst experiences in Belfast was attending a BBWC monthly program. They found this

energetic group to be welcoming, well organized, and that they shared many similar interests and

passions for the natural world.

Gene and Marianne participated in the 2016 Pen Bay Stewards Program and found it to be an

amazing and informative experience and a wonderful introduction to their new home here in Maine.

Since then, Gene & Marianne have helped with various local activities (Gene’s computer skills are

getting a good workout.) including the garden club and the Master Gardner Program. In addition,

they worked on the Head of Tide permaculture project, helped establish a garden at Penobscot

Shores, and have hiked portions of the Hills to Sea Trail.

Gene and Marianne eagerly look forward to being part of the BBWC Board, Gene as the treasurer and

Marianne as the membership and outreach person.

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Cathy Morgan Bird Week, May 13-20:

more info: 338-1147

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Saturday, May 13. 9:00-1:00. Paddle the South Branch of the Marsh
River,
Frankfort/Prospect, 6 miles roundtrip in Hlatwater. Marsh
wrens, saltmarsh sharptail sparrows, red-winged blackbirds,
waterfowl. Meet at the Frankfort boat launch on Rt. 1A. Bring kayak/
canoe, paddle, PFD, water, lunch, sun/rain/bug protection,
binoculars.

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6 bird walks from May 15-20. Each starts at 7:00 am. Wear tick
repellent clothing.
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: Head of Tide Preserve, CMLT, Doak Road, Belfast.

Tues. 16

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: Cloe and David’s farm, 210 Oak Hill Road,

Swanville.

Wed. 17

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: Ducktrap River Trail, CMLT, Rt. 52, Lincolnville.

Thur. 18

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: In Town Nature Trail. Meet at the Muck (Kirby

Lake), Belfast.

Fri. 19

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: Mainstream Preserve, CMLT, Prospect. Meet at 7:00 at

the Searsport Irving Station to carpool.

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Fri., May19

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: 7:30 pm. Evening Woodcock Watch with Mike  

Shannon at Cloe and David’s farm, 210 Oak Hill Road,

Swanville. Rain date tomorrow.

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Sat., May 20: Sears Island, Hinale of Bird Week. Meet at the causeway

gate to Sears Island in Searsport. 7:00 am.

(7:30 pm Rain date for Woodcock Watch, see May 19

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Thursday, May 18, 6:30 pm, Belfast Library: Jody Telfair, a Maine
Master Naturalist, will review our Bird IdentiFication Skills and
Talk about Conservation of Migratory and Resident Birds.

 

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BBWC Board of Directors

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Tom King, President

Karin Wittmann, Vice President

Cloe Chunn, Secretary

Barney Lutsk, Treasurer

David Bond

Skip Pendleton

Gene Randall

Marianne Randall

John Tipping

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Paul Eagle, Publicity and Website

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Subscribe on-line

to this newsletter and monthly reminders

of activities on our website

www.belfastbaywatershed.org

or send an

e-mail to

info@belfastbaywatershed.org

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Visit our website

Calendar

for

updates on outings and programs that did

not make it into the newsletter.

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Members invited

Come jump on board and help expand and

strengthen our work in the community and

watershed. Visit our website, call a board

member, or email us at

info@belfastbaywatershed.org

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Mission: The Belfast Bay Watershed

Coalition works to support conservation and

stewardship of natural, scenic, and public

access resources of the Belfast Bay

watershed through research, community-

building, and education.

Outings

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Outings are open to anyone who wants to

participate. For more information or in

questionable weather, call 338-1147.

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Saturday, May 27. 10:00-12:00. Birdsong

and WildFlowers of Ragged Mountain,

Rockport. Meet at the Georges River Trail

crossing on Rt. 17 near Mirror Lake in

Rockport. Bring water, lunch, protection

from rain, ticks. Cloe Chunn and Roger

Rittmaster.

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Friday, June 2. 9:00-1:30. Grand Opening

of Hills to Sea Trail, Celebration at Waldo

County Technical Center. See website for

details. 

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Friday, June 23. 1:00-4:00 pm. Sedge Walk 
with Matt Arsenault
 at the Bessey Tract of 
Meadow Brook Preserve, Swanville. Meet at 
1:00 pm at the Swanville Transfer Station on 
Rt. 141 (Swan Lake Ave.) Bring water, snack, 
hand lens, tick protection. Cosponsored

with Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

Thursday, July 13. 10:00-12:00. Fern Walk 
with Hildy Ellis
 at Head-of-Tide Preserve, on 
the Doak Road, Belfast. Bring water, hand 
lens, tick protection. Optional bag lunch 
afterward at the picnic area. Cosponsored 
with Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

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Friday, July 28. 10:00-12:00. Insect Safari 
with Kathy Murray
, state entomologist, at 
Head of Tide Preserve, Doak Road, Belfast. 
All ages. Bring nets and containers, dress for 
ticks. Optional bag lunch afterward at the 
picnic area. Cosponsored with Coastal 
Mountains Land Trust.

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