The GapTracks Project: Wildlife on the Eastern Trail
Wednesday, April 27 7:15 – 8:15 PM via Zoom
Friends of Scarborough Marsh and the Scarborough Public Library invite you to join us for a virtual lecture with Noah Perlut, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Programs, University of New England, Biddeford, ME. He and his students will present an overview of the GapTracks Project, a program that assesses the wildlife community in the Gap of the Eastern Trail and Nonesuch River before, during and after trail construction. [Bobcat, pictured left.]
This project was initiated in February, 2017, using remote cameras to evaluate the rich wildlife population along the Gap section of the Eastern Trail. Professor Perlut and his Terrestrial Wildlife class spent the spring semester reviewing thousands of pictures and analyzing the data from the last four years. Join us to learn about our local bobcats, turkeys, fisher, deer and others who use the Gap section of the trail. Preview some of their work on facebook.com/GapTracks.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please click here to register.
FOSM is in the midst of our annual appeal, and we need your help in protecting, conserving and restoring the Scarborough Marsh. We hope you'll join us and make your gift, mail your check to P.O. Box 7049 or click here to be directed to our donation page on the site. Read here to find more reasons to give and our upcoming plans for 2022.
The Friends of Scarborough Marsh joined the Library to present Dr. Phillip deMaynadier, virtually to introduce the butterflies of Maine, including those we can expect to see in Scarborough. Butterflies and moths (Order: Lepidoptera) are a diverse and ecologically important group of animals and, as with many other pollinating insects, are threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. Phillip’s state-wide research and conservation helps inform the advice he shares about best management practices for butterflies and other pollinators. Learn more about this important and intriguing insect from a wildlife biologist who has been studying at-risk wildlife and their habitats with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 22 years! Click here to view his presentation.
Phillip deMaynadier, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Ph.D. has worked as a wildlife biologist for Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 22 years with a focus on nongame and endangered species biology and policy. He has co-authored over 40 scientific publications, is active on several State and national wildlife technical committees and serves on the Graduate Faculty at University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. Phillip received his doctorate in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine in 1996 where he studied the effects of forestry practices on amphibians. Some of his recent projects include: a) co-authoring and implementing Maine’s 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan, b) leading IFW’s efforts to identify and protect high value vernal pools, c) coordinating statewide atlasing and research efforts for butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, and reptiles, and d) advising landowners and land trusts on best management practices for rare and at risk species and habitats.
The Friends of Scarborough Marsh (FOSM) and the Scarborough Department of Public Works recently collaborated to install ten “Be Watershed Friendly” signs along local roadways in Scarborough. The sign locations were selected to highlight the boundaries of the Scarborough Marsh Watershed, which is the drainage basin that supplies freshwater to the Scarborough Marsh. Being ‘Watershed Friendly’ means discouraging littering and use of lawn and other chemicals that may flow overland to the Watershed’s rivers and creeks or seep into underlying groundwater. Your ‘friendliness’ will help safeguard the salt marsh ecosystem and its associated fisheries and wildlife and ensure that this important regional ecologic treasure is around for future generations.
The map above outlines the watershed area and the new sign locations in Scarborough. Note that a significant portion of the watershed is in the towns of Saco and Old Orchard Beach. Keep in mind that we all can make a positive difference by being watershed friendly.
Scarborough Rotarians partnered with the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, the Town of Scarborough, and the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and hit the pavement May 25 Tuesday to help clean up trash and debris along Pine Point Road. Rotary President Reyleigh McKay was very excited as the club gathered for the first time in person since 2020. Many smiles were had as well since the outdoor mask mandate was recently lifted. "While we don't have an official Adopt-A-Road program in Scarborough, the Rotary club wants to ensure we keep our town clean to encourage more guests and visitors to enjoy the trails along the marsh and the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for months and years to come. We hope to make this a monthly event to help keep the Pine Point Road area free from trash and debris", said new Scarborough Rotary member Kathryn Williams.
Friends of Scarborough Marsh did not have an organized clean-up this year due to Covid 19. But volunteers like the Rotary club pitched in to do their own clean-up. Gloves and bags are available for you to pick up if you need them at the nature center. You can of course use your own. The Department of Public Works picked up bags of trash at the Nature Center on May 3, but arrangements may still be made to clean a section of the marsh. A reminder to be safe when you are picking up trash near all roads and not to pick up any questionable items.
PLEASE DO NOT PICK UP TRASH ON ROUTE ONE. The Scarborough Public Works will be working with people who have been trained to do it. The Public Works usually blocks off the road and we do it in a very controlled and safe manner.
If you have any questions about the clean-up, please contact Linda Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call 207-883-5100 and leave a message.
Our clean-ups are organized by the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Eastern Trail Alliance and the the Town of Scarborough with a special thank you to the Public Works Department.
Linda Woodard I(she/her)
Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
164 Main St., Kennebunkport, Maine 04046 (Home address: please use now during Covid)
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 (Headquarters)
email preferred but phone/text below.
tel mobile 207-415-8331 (please use now during Covid))
(207) 781-2330 (not at my desk but you can leave a message)
If you missed Zach's talk on 5/11/21 presented by Friends of Scarborough Marsh and Scarborough Public Library, you can still view it at this link. You'll be hooked!
GAP TRACKS Project Lecture on the Eastern Trail Wildlife with UNE's Dr. Noah Perlut on November 10 at 6PM
Come hear about UNE Associate Professor Dr. Noah Perlut's study of the wildlife affected by what will be the new gap section of the Eastern trail. Join Professor Perlut as he shares fascinating remote video of nightlife and wildlife activity taken along a 1.6 mile portion of Scarborough‘s Eastern Trail. This is part of UNE’s multi-year “Gap Tracks Study” focusing on a part of the trail scheduled to be connected. Learn how environmental factors influence animal behavior.
This UNE study has been supported by FOSM. Follow the Gap Tracks project on Facebook and Instagram.
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