The 700-acre Moulton's Mill Preserve encompasses two miles of shoreline along Twenty-five Mile Stream, and contains a mix of field, woodland and wetland habitat. An old mill site can be accessed by a short trail from the eastern most preserve parking site on Route 139 in Unity. This preserve is popular for hunting, fishing, berry picking, birdwatching, and trail walking. We are currently focused on removing invasive non-native bush honeysuckle when we have our work days at this site, and plan to update our kiosk and trail maps in coming months. Moulton's Mill Preserve is beautiful any time of year, but the colors and texture of the landscape really stand out in Autumn. If you head out this time of year, please wear hunter orange for safety.
Join us for the 2023 Christmas Bird Count
Join SRLT for a Christmas Bird Count (CBC), an annual tradition started by the National Audubon Society in 1900 to record wintering birds. These annual counts provide data that helps researchers, state, federal and tribal wildlife agencies, and land managers identify and prioritize land conservation and habitat needs to protect declining bird species. SRLT has sponsored the Unity area CBC for over a decade now, with many of our members participating. Bird species are counted and tallied along roads, parks and other greenspaces, including backyard bird feeders and on SRLT preserves.
We are sponsoring two CBC’s this year:
Saturday, December 16 - UNITY RSVP
Saturday, December 23 - HARTLAND RSVP
If you’d like to join either CBC send an email to email@example.com or sign up on the National Audubon Society’s CBC website.
American Bald Eagle photo by Tom Aversa.
THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!
Thank you to our volunteer crew for helping to remove invasive honeysuckle from alongside the Moulton’s Mill trail and Twenty-five Mile Stream in October. We made good progress in some sections, assisted by our canine supervisor Salix, but you can see from the images it’s going to be a long battle! Some of these images show an area thick with honeysuckle, others show a healthier forest with just one or two shrubs encroaching. This land was heavily cut before it was protected, and in the areas without honeysuckle it's nice to see a new forest emerging with some healthy young white pine and fir. Hopefully you can join us in the future - it’s hard work but fun and always good to be outdoors.
Watch this video for an aerial perspective of the Sebasticook River Watershed!
DECEMBER 13, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock in Maine
Benton Grange Hall
Todd Waldron, Regional Forester with the Ruffed Grouse Society, will present on the ecology and habitat needs of Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock and other wildlife dependent on young forest and early successional habitat, and a call for increasing forest diversity in Maine.
JANUARY 17, 6:30 - 8 pm
Balancing Solar Development and Farmland Protection
Chace Forum - Waterville
Protecting and stewarding farmland ensures that Maine can support a robust local and regional food system. With solar development expanding across the state, strategies that balance support for solar energy production with the need to protect farmland are becoming increasingly important. Presentation by Thacher Carter of the Maine Farmland Trust.
Volunteer Work Days are typically held on the Last Sunday of the Month
Date and location TBD
Our schedule has been updated. Check our events page for details and newly scheduled events