Big Trees of Northern New England on December 5th @ 6 - 7:30 pm
Scarborough Municipal Building
Council Chambers A&B
259 Route 1, Scarborough, ME
Scarborough Land Trust in partnership with Friends of Scarborough Marsh, will be hosting a presentation on big trees!
This program will highlight important trees in Maine and specifically the Portland area. It will also explore history and connections to wildlife.
Kevin Martin is an author and boatbuilder. He has over 40 years of experience working with wood. He served on the Epping Conservation Commission, was chair of the Lamprey River Advisory Committee and State Coordinator for the NH Big Tree Program. Kevin is trained for the National Big Tree Measurers Cadre.
Kevin will be selling his new book about hikes to Big Trees. It includes trees in Waldoboro, Alfred, Portland and many other Maine hikes, along with the nearby states. Check out Kevin Martin’s website: http://kevinmartin.wcha.org/bigtrees.php
No registration required.
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 2023.
virtual talk by Brad Zitske, Wildlife Biologist, Bird Group at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, that is co-sponsored by Friends of Scarborough Marsh. Shorebirds are a diverse group of birds that include sandpipers, plovers, turnstones, knots, curlews, dowitchers, and phalaropes. North America has the greatest diversity of shorebird species and largest numbers of shorebirds in the world.
Over thirty shorebird species spend some portion of their annual life cycle in Maine, with eight species breeding here.
Shorebirds are an important group for management consideration, because large numbers of these birds concentrate in discrete areas of coastal habitat where they are highly susceptible to disturbance, development, and environmental contaminants. Scarborough Marsh supports many thousands of individuals by providing abundant feeding and roosting habitat. On the sandy beaches of Maine, the endangered Piping Plover can be seen during the summer months.
Brad Zitske will discuss some of the species found in Maine in this virtual talk. He will also present some interesting research happening in the state and along the Atlantic coast, why it is important given widespread population declines for many species, and how you can help conserve them. Brad has served on the Friends of Scarborough Marsh Board.
If you missed this great talk you can still view on the Scarborough Public Library site:
Maine's Shorebirds - YouTube
A virtual talk by Brad Zitske, Wildlife Biologist, Bird Group at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, that was co-sponsored by Friends of Scarborough Marsh
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 now recorded and available for viewing free at our lectures webpage
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.
Conserve, protect, restore, and enhance the Scarborough Marsh.