“Unity’s Birds – Enjoy Them Year-Round.”

Wednesday December 13 @ 6:30pm.

Do you notice which birds visit your central Maine yard or woodlot? Have you observed that the birds you see change in numbers and species throughout the year? Our local bird guide, Tom Aversa, will lead us in an evening of fun and exploration, teaching us about which birds call Central Maine home.  He coordinates the Unity Christmas Bird Count, which takes place soon after his talk, so he will spend some time sharing what to watch for locally in the coming winter months.

https://www.maineaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-count/

Tom enjoys birds obsessively year-round in the Unity area while sometimes teaching wildlife courses at Unity College. He has studied our avian friends for 50 years and has penned several books on birds of the Pacific Northwest.

  • The programs are open to the public. A $5.00 donation is suggested. They take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity. For more information, please contact info@sebasticookrlt.org or 948-3766.

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Report on Masse Dam Event

From the Alewife Restoration Initiative:

On Saturday Nov. 11, ARI sponsored a public open house to show off the site of the recently removed Masse Dam in Vassalboro and discuss the project, and answer questions. Despite the bitter cold it attracted about 40 interested people, a cross-section of local citizens, and others from the area, including one of our donors, Jim McDougal and representatives from the China Lake Association.  Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers was the chief spokesperson along with Nate Gray of Maine DMR.  SRLT  was  represented by Dan Hill, and Brandon Kulik. Dan spoke about our role in monitoring and managing invasive species; Brandon said a few words about SRLT’s mission and how this project fits in with that, and discussed  stream channel and habitat dynamics after a dam removal.  There were many good questions from those in attendance and largely very positive reaction from the community.

Frank Richards took the attached photographs (left to right: Dan, Landis, Matt Streeter (PM for the restoration work), Brandon Kulik, and Nate Gray.

“Monitoring Maine’s Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders”

Thank you Danielle D’Auria for a wonderful talk and thank you all for a full house.

Danielle D’Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine’s coast.

http://www.maine.gov/wordpress/ifwheron/author/ddauria/

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A Pleasant And Scholarly Paddle On Pleasant Lake

“A person could write an entire dissertation on the variety of pondweeds in Pleasant Lake,”

Mark Whiting

 We were a flotilla of nine boats on Pleasant Lake in Stetson.  It was a gorgeous summer day and Mark, a former DEP staffer and active Maine VLMP volunteer, guided the group of novice aquatic plant patrollers. The event was organized by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) and Maine VLMP provided aquatic scopes and materials.

We made our way along the shoreline to a picnic area located on Pleasant Lake Preserve, an SRLT property, for lunch.  Afterwards, we examined our hoard of aquatic plant  samples, which were spread out  on white trays placed on the picnic table.  Besides many pondweed species, the usual suspects of native carnivorous bladderwort and common waterweed were identified. By the end of the day, participants were able to distinquish between the different plant groups and had learned key distinctions of invasive plants. Dissertations on pondweeds may follow. 🙂

Work Day Sunday – Masse Dam


A job well  done at the Masse dam site 

The work is part of the Alewife Restoration Initiative collaborative project with Maine Rivers.

SRLT is Looking for Volunteers!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.

crewThere is a role for everyone, from working with children to leading excursions to serving on a committee… and much more!  Whether you can give us several hours a week or a few hours a year, we need your help.  Please take a couple of minutes to download the SRLT Volunteer Interest Form  below and return it to mail (P.O. Box 184, Unity, ME 04988).

 SRLT Volunteer Interest Form