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July 2016

No Bees; No Berries

July 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Appleton Ridge, Appleton Ridge Rd.
Appleton, 04862
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Take a walk through a productive blueberry barren on top of Appleton Ridge to explore the link between pollinators and Maine blueberry production. Francis Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management and Blueberry Extension Pollination Specialist, will join Georges River Land Trust on Friday, July 29th at 4 p.m. in Appleton to discuss wild blueberry production and the it’s link with pollination. Dr. Drummond’s research topics have included: wild blueberry production, blueberry plant reproductive ecology, agricultural production practices…

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August 2016

A Walk Through the Woods – Barefoot!

August 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Point, Wiley's Corner Road
St. George, ME 04860 United States
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Join the Georges River Land Trust and the St. George Conservation Commission for the Land Trust’s annual “turtle” walk, this year at Fort Point in St. George on Thursday August 18 at 10 a.m. Known as a “turtle” walk because the pace is slow and easy, this widely popular event is perfect for kids of all ages and their parents and grandparents. Also hosting the event are the St. George Parks and Recreation Committee and the Friends of St. George.…

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September 2016

Chainsaw Safety Workshop

September 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Brush up your chainsaw skills at this workshop geared for both novices and more experienced loggers. It will be led by Ted Wright, who oversees the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program. After showing a safety and maintenance video, Ted will demonstrate cutting techniques. Protective gear and chainsaws will be available for those wishing to partake in the demonstration. Participants can bring their own chainsaws. In addition, Ted will provide a tree felling demonstration. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and…

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October 2016

Bats!

October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Often misunderstood, bats are one of the most compelling and unique Maine mammals. Learn about their physiology to their behavior and hunting methods through echolocation. They are also among the most unique, playing an essential role in the ecology of our planet and saving US agriculture billions of dollars each year. With over 100 slides and a lively presentation, Kassler will open your eyes to the truth about bats and why you should care about them. She will also debunk…

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November 2016

WindowDressers for Langlais

November 16, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Volunteers needed for Langlais WindowDressers Community Build Georges River Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help construct energy conserving widow inserts for the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. We are reserving a Langlais build at WindowDressers for Wednesday November 16th from 8:30 to noon at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland. WindowDressers is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Mainers reduce their energy costs with seasonal inserts that are an inexpensive alternative to window replacement. Their model of community builds helps to…

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March 2017

Cell Phone Mapping and Navigation

March 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Georges River Land Trust, 8 N, Main St., Ste. 200
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Stewardship Program Manager, Brent West, will lead a seminar on how to use google to explore maps and the Georges River Land Trust's Trail System. Please bring your smartphone and have Google Maps and Google Earth loaded onto your device. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks. Registration is required, please call 207-594-5166 to sign up.

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April 2017

Wetlands: Wild and Wonderful

April 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson West – Riverview Hayfileds, St. George Rd.
S. Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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Dave Marceau, Soil and Wetland Scientist, will lead a walk on GRLT's Riverview Hayfields Preserve to showcase the varieties of wetlands, how they function and how we as land users affect their functions. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks.

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May 2017

Timberdoodling: A Woodcock Walk

May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trolley Marsh, 318-354 Oyster River Rd
Warren, ME 04864 United States
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Join Georges River Land Trust at our Trolley Marsh Preserve to observe the breeding displays of the American Woodcock. Woodcock, also called Timberdoodle, display acrobatic flight and a singing call as part of their yearly breeding ritual. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks.

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June 2017

For the Birds! Grassland Habitat Walk & Talk

June 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Finnish Congregational Church, 172 St. George Rd
South Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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The threatened bobolink.

Come take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat that was conserved last year with the help of our members! Loss of grassland habitat is a major factor in the steep population decline of grassland birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and savannah sparrows. Additionally, common field mowing practices often result in total nest failure of these birds. Consequently, the "State of the Birds Report," released by the US Secretary of the Interior, placed bobolinks on the 2014 watchlist of…

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Georges Highland Path Virtual Tour

June 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Georges River Land Trust invites the public to learn about the Georges Highland Path and the many benefits this trail system provides to surrounding communities, from supporting conservation values to enhancing overall quality of place for local communities within the 225 square mile Georges River watershed. Our new Trails Manager, John Anders, will take you on a guided virtual tour of the Georges Highland Path at 6:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. The trail system includes 50 miles…

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Wednesday Walkers Hike

June 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thorndike Brook Trail, Hope St
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Join fellow hikers every Wednesday, May until mid-November, and discover a new trail each week! The group is led by someone from each of 14 participating land trusts and organizations throughout the Midcoast area, from Brunswick to Camden. Hike name: Thorndike Brook Trail on Ragged Mountain Hike leader: John Anders, GRLT Trails Manager Length in miles: about 2 miles Difficulty: Easy start and then moderate climb Start time: 9 am Meeting place: Trailhead parking lot on Hope Street in West…

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July 2017

Medicinal Plant and Lyme Prevention Walk

July 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Appleton Preserve, St. George River @ Route 105
Appleton, ME United States
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Join Georges River Land Trust for a medicinal plant walk at the Appleton Preserve to identify and discuss native and invasive plants found in the midcoast. The walk will help people improve their confidence in identifying plants and how some common invasive plants have medicinal properties. With an increase in Lyme disease awareness and fear of ticks, we will also discuss ways to dress tick bites in the field with common medicinal plants as well as other ways to improve immune…

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No Bees, No Berries

July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The public is invited to take a walk through a productive blueberry barren on the edge of Sennebec Pond to explore the link between pollinators and Maine blueberry production. Francis Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management and Blueberry Extension Pollination Specialist, will join Georges River Land Trust on Friday, July 21st at 4 p.m. in Appleton to discuss wild blueberry production and the its link with pollination. Dr. Drummond’s research topics have included wild blueberry production, blueberry…

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Arctic Observations by Peter Ralston

July 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Strand, 345 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Peter Ralston, noted photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, took to the seas last summer for an epic adventure to Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage, a 900-mile sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday July 30th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Peter will share his observations with his photographs as a backdrop on the screen. This event is being cosponsored by Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut…

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August 2017

Wednesday Walkers Hike

August 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Canal Path, Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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Join fellow hikers every Wednesday, May until mid-November, and discover a new trail each week! The group is led by someone from each of 14 participating land trusts and organizations throughout the Midcoast area, from Brunswick to Camden. Hike name: Canal Path Hike leader: John Anders, GRLT Trails Manager Length in miles: About 3 miles Difficulty: Level and easy walk along the river Start time: 9 am Meeting place: The north trailhead is located on the Georges River in Searsmont.…

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Ash Point Preserve Opening to the Public

August 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The public is invited to join Georges River Land Trust for a short walk on the new Ash Point Preserve in Owls Head at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 22. Along the way, Brent West, Georges River Land Trust Stewardship Manager, will describe the management goals for the property. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Penobscot Bay and Ash Island from the 2,140-foot granite shoreline. This new 34-acre preserve was originally protected in 1986 through a conservation easement. Now…

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October 2017

Clarry Hill Watershed Divide Hike

October 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Clarry Hill, Elmer Hart Road
Union, ME United States
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Join Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) for a hike on an MVLT trail on the blueberry lands of Clarry Hill in Union, which is the watershed divide between the Georges River and the Medomak River. The trail provides access to fields and forest and offers spectacular views of both watersheds and beyond. Hikers will meet at the Clarry Hill trailhead on Elmer Hart Road in Union. The trail is 2.5 miles out and back…

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Cider Pressing in Cushing

October 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for the First Annual Langlais Sweet Cider Day! Pastor Chuck Orchards will be bringing the cider press and the know-how to make some delicious cider with our own organic Langlais apples. Bring your kids and your friends to sip some cider among the giant outdoor wooden sculptures at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. There will be plenty of samples to try, and cider for purchase. Donations to support the Preserve are welcome!

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Sunchoke Soup Making at Langlais

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for an afternoon of making delicious autumn soup from the sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) that grow on the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. We will have some sunchokes ready to begin cooking with, and will also teach you how to successfully remove these from your garden. And of course, we'll enjoy the soup hot off the stove together!

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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Robbins Lumber Co., Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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The public is invited to participate in a free chainsaw skills workshop geared for both novices and more experienced operators. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 29 from 9 am to 2 pm at Robbins Lumber Forestry office in Searsmont. The workshop will be led by Ted Wright who oversees the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program, and Brent West, GRLT Stewardship Program Manager. Chainsaw maintenance, safety, proper bucking and felling techniques will be demonstrated. Protective gear and chainsaws…

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November 2017

Hike to Mt. Pleasant Summit

November 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Pleasant. The Mt. Pleasant portion of the Georges Highland Path (our 50-mile trail system) winds it's way through a mixed forest, wild blueberry fields, and ends up with a wonderful view. All ages welcome on this hike; it is moderate to strenuous in sections. Bring a lunch, wear your hunter orange, and enjoy the view! Use your GPS to find the parking at 421 Mt.…

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Historic Lighthouse Keeper Stories

November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy Ernest DeRaps' presentation of his years as lighthouse keeper in Penobscot Bay. During the 1950's, he and his family were stationed at Monhegan Island, Fort Point, Browns Head and Heron Neck. Ernest and his wife Pauline have written a journal depicting their lifestyle of light keeping from both the lightkeeper and the lightkeeper's wife's perspective. Join us on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing.…

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January 2018

Clams and Mudflats Research

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watts Hall, 174 Main St
Thomaston, ME 04861 United States
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Commercial and recreational clammers have a vested interest in the hands-on research of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology and Director of the Marine Field Station at U. Maine Machias. On Thursday, January 11 at 7 pm in Watts Hall, Thomaston, Brian will report on the contents of 30 clam "recruitment" boxes that were placed on mudflats of the Weskeag and Georges Rivers in 2017. Fifteen boxes were on mudflats under conservation by the Georges River Land Trust, and…

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Weskeag Marsh – A Conservation Story

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME United States
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Join Mid-Coast Audubon board member, birder, photographer and Free Press columnist Don Reimer for a colorful photographic tour of Weskeag Marsh’s varied habitats and rich assortment of bird and animal life. After a decade of volunteering with the annual International Shorebird Surveys, Don will discuss Weskeag’s vital role in seasonal shorebird migration, and the fostering conservation work of Georges River Land Trust’s Bridging Two Rivers project. The talk will be held in the Picker Room at the Camden Library starting…

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Guided Snowshoe Adventure

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Trolley Marsh, 318-354 Oyster River Rd
Warren, ME 04864 United States
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Bring your snowshoes or skis and join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile guided adventure to the banks of the St. George River! Meet at the Trolley Marsh Preserve parking lot on Route 131 in Warren for a one mile in and one mile back treck. Dress for the weather and bring a snack and hot beverage for when we get back to the parking lot.

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