Fall in Love with Wildlife This Valentine’s Day

VENUE CHANGE DUE TO THE COLD TEMPERATURES:  We will begin indoors at the SRLT office, 93 Main St., Unity

Join SRLT and naturalist Trevanna Frost Grenfell for Great Maine Outdoor Weekend 2016!   Valentine’s Day Tracking Walk, 9 a.m. – Noon in Unity

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Bite marks on a tree, a trail of crushed leaves, footprints in the snow … who lives in your backyard? Fall in love with your animal neighbors as we visit them in their own habitats and follow the tracks and sign they leave behind to learn about who they are and what they are doing during the wintertime.

Program leader Trevanna Frost Grenfell facilitated a wildly popular wild edibles program at the SRLT’s Connor Mill Trail in 2015. We’re thrilled to have her back for another engaging exploration of the natural world.

Although free, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Email Jennifer or phone 948-3766 to reserve your space. The event will begin at the SRLT office, 93 Main St., before heading outside to one of our properties to apply our new skills.

Dress warmly and prepare to be standing still on cold ground!

Trevanna Frost Grenfell teaches wilderness skills with The Wildwood Path and enjoys animal tracking as part of a naturalist lifestyle. She has worked and volunteered as a tracker with a variety of organizations over the past 10 years and is looking forward to continuing her tracking studies by going out in the woods with you!

Summer 2016 Internship Opportunities

Love the outdoors? Want to learn valuable field skills or raise awareness of  conservation activity, AND have a fun summer in Maine? Intern with Sebasticook Regional Land Trust!

SRLT is proud to offer a competitive summer internship program tailored to each intern’s learning goals and interests. In 2016 we seek two to three seasonal interns focused on land stewardship, habitat restoration and strategic communications. Find more information here.

Meet last year’s interns:   2015 Interns Paddle

Join Us!

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Make sure 2016 is another tremendous year of conservation and restoration success for Central Maine by volunteering with the SRLT or making a gift to the SRLT Annual Fund.

Indoors and out, long-term and one-time – there are so many ways volunteers support our community and the work of Sebasticook Regional Land Trust. To learn more about the possibilities, or share a volunteer idea of your own, contact Jennifer by email or phone, 948-3766.

Sitting in on a committee meeting is also a great way to learn about what’s happening and how you might get more involved. Upcoming meetings include:

  • Habitat Restoration, 5:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the SRLT office
  • Land Conservation & Stewardship, 5 pm Thursday, Feb. 25 at the SRLT office
  • Outreach, 5:30 Monday, March 7 at the SRLT office

No time to spare? Consider making a financial gift instead. Contributions to the SRLT Annual Fund help to conserve nature, bring more children outside, and provide more places for outdoor recreation. Make your donation online or contact us for more information. Email Jennifer or call 207-948-3766.

Thank you!

Unity Christmas Bird Count Results

The 19th annual Unity Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Dec. 19. Thirty-eight observers contributed, either by getting into the field or recording birds at their feeders. The final tally amounted to 45 species which included 4084 individuals. Almost all water bodies were unfrozen, so a higher than average number of waterfowl species were recorded.

Bird highlights included a late migrating flock of Common Eider, a pair of Gadwall and an Eastern Bluebird. Numbers of most species seemed mostly unremarkable despite the unseasonably warm temperatures during late fall.

Our thanks to coordinator Tom Aversa for compiling the individual species data and providing summary of the day:

2015 Individual Tallies

2015 Narrative

Thanks to all who participated, especially those new to the Unity CBC. We hope you’ll join the fun again next year!

Take a Walk, Lend a Hand

PLP kioskDid you know Sebasticook Regional Land Trust owns 11 properties, located in not only Unity but also Burnham, Cambridge, Freedom, Hartland, Jackson and Stetson?  These diverse holdings include an assortment of habitats and recreational opportunities.  You can get to know these special places by volunteering as a property steward!

Some SRLT properties have trails and other public-access improvements. Some properties are managed just for wildlife while others include forestry and farming components.  Some properties are open for hunting, while others are not.  While each property is different, they all have two things in common: they are forever conserved for the benefit of people and wildlife, and the SRLT is responsible for their care.

SRLT property stewards help care for these important lands by taking walks and occasionally joining with other volunteers for larger projects like trail improvements, boundary marking or plant and wildlife surveys.  There are no special skills required, simply a willingness to be outside and to submit a completed “stewardship visit” report – a brief record of your observations and suggestions.

We suggest properties with trails be visited quarterly, with semi-annual or annual visits for our unimproved or remote parcels.  The SRLT provides an initial property orientation and ongoing support.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Jennifer at 948-3766 or by email.