A salt marsh lives in delicate balance with the daily rise and fall of ocean tides. What happens to a salt marsh and its environs when the sea level rises and floods marshlands on a daily basis that once were flooded only by the occasional heavy storm tide? This is a question that residents of Scarborough will have to answer in the not-too-distant future. Fortunately, Scarborough Marsh is the beneficiary of a federal grant to research this question through the creation of a Marsh Migration Task Force.
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) is a collaboration among several of Maine's leading environmental organizations to promote outdoor recreation and encourage more Mainers to take advantage of our State's extraordinary recreation opportunities and public lands. The 4th GMOW was held September 28-30th. Statewide, 70 organizations hosted almost 100 events attended by over 7,100 people. In support of the event, FOSM organized a nature walk and wildlife viewing tour on the newly acquired Gervais conservation property. Maine Audubon's Scarborough Marsh Nature Center Director Linda Woodard led the program. In 2012 FOSM worked with the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and other organizations to refurbish a former cellular tower that sits on the property. There is now an observation deck open to the public.
Plant and Insect Biodiversity Day
Join local experts on August 10 from 9 - Noon and survey the marsh for the many different types of plants and insects, including butterflies. We will have a training session before we head out. Participants can choose plants or insects to survey. After the surveys the two groups will reconvene and discuss their results. The data collected will be compared to previous surveys and will serve as an indicator of the health of the marsh.
Important Bird Area Survey
Want to do some birding at Maine's premier birding spot and help gather data on Maine's first Important Bird Area? Join us on August 24 from 9 - Noon for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and species. Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, each group of monitors will be assigned a portion of the marsh to survey. Depending on the assignment, surveys may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own), and could last up to several hours. Beginning birders are welcome! The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the survey methods, and after that, monitors will disburse to their assigned sections.
Both of these volunteer monitoring projects are made possible through a grant from the Prout's Neck Association to Maine Audubon. Please call Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center at 883-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Friends of Scarborough Marsh and the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center have been working hard on behalf of the marsh for many years, and recently celebrated with a gala evening of great food and fun. Founders of FOSM were recognized, as was the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center which marked its 40th anniversary this year. Featured guest speakers were Patrick Keenan (Biodiversity Research Institute) and Chandler Woodcock (Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife). HONOREES: Our founding board members (2000): C.D. Armstrong (President), Richard B. Anderson, Kathleen Bayley, Phil Bozenhard, Stephanie Cox, Ann Delehanty, Mike Mallar, Roger Mallar, Laurene Sedgeley. Exceptional merit award: Eddie Woodin. HOST COMMITTEE: Roger & Frances Jane Addor, Richard Anderson, Ro & John Bloom, Don Endrizzi & Peggy Pennoyer, Sam & Babs Fleming, Susan Koch, Lucy & Bill LaCasse, Charlie & Sally Lee, Rick Murphy, Rick & Celeste Shinay, Rick & Brenda Vogel, Sue & Doug Williams, and Saco Biddeford Savings. With special thanks to our sponsor, Eddie Woodin & Co. as well as students from the Portland Conservatory of Music. View pictures on Facebook!
Two local environmental protection groups are hosting a special event next month to celebrate decades of dedication to the health and well-being of the Scarborough Marsh. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend.
Fall is here, and many are thinking about getting their lawns and landscaping ready for the winter ahead. Do you know what's on your lawn and how it impacts the health of you and your family, as well as the environment and our own Scarborough Marsh?
Citizens for a Green Scarborough is hosting a free screening of "A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution", the award-winning documentary documentary about pesticide use and less toxic alternatives. Film producer and green lawn care advocate Paul Tukey will introduce the film and host a Q&A session afterward. This film is being shown a week before the meeting of the Scarborough Town Council (September 21stat 7 p.m.) at which councilors will make a decision on a policy limiting use of pesticides on public properties in town, including parks and playing fields. Come see "A Chemical Reaction" & hear from Paul Tukey next Wednesday, September 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Library.
The Friends of Scarborough Marsh has received a donation of $500 from Biddeford Savings Bank. Biddeford Savings serves their local communities through volunteer efforts and donations to help make a difference where they live and work.
"Biddeford Savings is proud to support the Friends of Scarborough Marsh," said Lori Boucouvalas, vice president and branch manager of the bank's Scarborough location. "This group serves a vital purpose and through this donation we hope the organization can continue to its efforts to conserve, protect and restore the Scarborough Marsh for future generations."
Rick Vogel, Friends board member, gratefully accepted the gift on behalf of the organization. "We very much appreciate this donation," he said. "These funds will go a long way toward helping us safeguard the marsh and restore its habitats. Support from local businesses like Biddeford Savings is vital to our efforts on behalf of the marsh."
Critical changes in sea levels could translate into big changes in our environment, our economy and our quality of life here in Maine. The Scarborough Conservation Commission is hosting a timely and important presenation next week at the Scarborough Library. It's called "Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Scarborough & Saco Bay", and it will be presented by Peter Slovinsky, SCC Member and Marine Geologist at the Maine Geological Survey. We hope to see you for this talk at the Library next Tuesday, January 18th, from 7:00 to 8:00pm. There is no charge for admission. For more information on local sea levels, take a look at Mr. Slovinsky's analysis of this issue, as well as a series of important reports on climate change from the Climate Change Insitute at the University of Maine.
On Election Day Mainers will go to the polls to choose Maine's next Governor and other lawmakers. We also have the chance to support Question 3, a $9.75 million bond issue that includes critical funding for the highly successful Land for Maine's Future program (LMF).
Please join Friends of Scarborough at the polls today to vote YES on Question 3 to replenish the Land for Maine's Future program!
For every $1 spent by LMF, $3 more in federal and private funds are brought in for land conservation. One local example of how LMF works with willing partners to leverage funding is the project led by Friends of Scarborough Marsh to conserve the 46-acre Gervais property on the Scarborough Marsh. Land for Maine's Future works for Scarborough! Land for Maine's Future works for Maine! Please support Land for Maine's Future with your vote!
Join the Friends of Scarborough Marsh for an evening of great food and spirited auction bidding to support critical marsh conservation and restoration programs
There is still time to donate items! Saturday night November 7th is your chance to spend the evening with people who feel as strongly as you do that the marsh surrounding us is an extraordinary resource we must cherish and protect for future generations.
Since its founding in 2000, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh (FOSM) has been a tireless advocate for the marsh. Without any paid staff, the organization has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal grants to support marsh rehabilitation projects and the steady expansion of the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
The recent addition of the 46 acre Gervais property to the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area was the direct result of FOSM volunteers working with local citizens, government, and private foundations to protect marsh-edge land vulnerable to development.
Building on their success, FOSM volunteers are actively fundraising to finance future land acquisitions. The annual auction and dinner, which begins at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 7th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church on Black Point Road, is FOSM's largest source of individual and corporate contributions.
The evening will feature silent and live auctions, creative games of chance, a cash bar, and an exquisite buffet prepared by Express Events.
Items to be auctioned include: a Saddleback Mountain weekend ski getaway, a luxury 3-night cross country skiing adventure at the Wentworth Inn in Jackson, NH; an overnight including dinner and breakfast at the Black Point Inn; a guided shad fishing trip on the Saco River; a birding tour with Maine Audubon's well known naturalist; paintings, photographs, and handcrafts by local artists and several restaraunt gift certificates. For the latest information on the auction - and to learn more about Friends of Scarborough Marsh - visit www.scarboroughmarsh.org. Tickets are $50/person and may be purchased by writing to email@example.com or calling Susie Williams at 883-2414.
Promote your business with an auction donation! Your business can support the preservation of Scarborough Marsh and receive extensive publicity by donating an item or service to the 2009 auction. FOSM welcomes a variety of donations, including gift certificates, works of art, weekend getaways, and professional services. The deadline for donating an item or service is October 31st. Call Susan Koch at 510-1021 to arrange delivery of your contribution.
Please join Friends of Scarborough Marsh and the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust for a celebration marking the acquisition and conservation of the 46-acre Gervais Property.
Wednesday, October 21st (2 p.m.), Gervais Property, 53 Manson Libby Road, Scarborough
Representatives from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Land for Maine's Future Program, and Tom Hall, Scarborough's Town Manager will join other project partners in celebrating this latest addition to the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Project partners will give short speeches and tours of the property. This celebration event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served.
"It's been a long journey bringing this project to fruition," said C.D. Armstrong, president of the Friends of Scarborough Marsh. "I take my hat off to the Gervais family for having the patience and vision to work with us to conserve their land. The major funding partners are to be saluted for their commitments, as well as the many volunteers and donors who made this project happen. Ultimately, the big winners are our kids and future generations who will have this land to enjoy in perpetuity."
A number of project partners made this effort possible, including the Gervais family of Scarborough, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, the Natural Resource Trustees for the Julie N Oil Spill, the Town of Scarborough, the Land for Maine's Future Program, the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, the Davis Conservation Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited.
More about this team effort.
Conserve, protect, restore, and enhance the Scarborough Marsh.