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Fall Wildflower Walk at Coffin Wildflower Reservation
with Heather McCargo
The Coffin Wildflower Reservation in Woolwich is one of nine owned by the New England Wildflower Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre area, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. Hike the woodland trails along the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type.
This program is co-sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society, and will be led by Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project.
Nature Tuesday Group
Next meeting: September 25, 2 - 3:30 pm
Our next Nature Tuesday is September 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 to accommodate the tide.
We will meet at the Eastern Trail on Pine Point Road in Scarborough. Please meet in the parking lot.
Please note change of time for this walk only.
The shore birds are migrating, the marsh is turning its fall colors, there are late summer flowers, it’s a beautiful time to be in Scarborough Marsh.
Please bring binoculars.
Quiz for a Cause: Trivia Night
Join us and Geeks Who Drink at Foulmouthed Brewing for a trivia night fundraiser in support of Maine Audubon! Bring your friends, form a team, $5 per person (optional) and the winning team receives a cash prize!
The money is going towards Maine Audubon's ongoing efforts to advocate for local, state, and federal public policies that benefit wildlife and protect critical habitat in the state of Maine.
Stream Smart Road Crossing Field Survey and Assessment Two-Day Workshop
with Sarah Haggerty
Overview: This two-day, hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to stream survey techniques and concepts associated with ecologically sound stream crossings. Day One will include field training on information to collect and how to collect it, and Day Two will consist of class time on field data analysis and tools to develop initial designs for ecologically sound stream crossings.
At the end of this course, participants will understand how to:
- Utilize stream survey tools and techniques including longitudinal profiles, cross sections and bed characterization
- Identify and evaluate specific conditions at stream crossing sites
- Collect and analyze data from stream crossing sites
- Develop recommendations for properly sized and installed structures
NOTE: Stream Smart (Phase II) is intended to provide information that will enable participants to gather and analyze field data relative to ecological objectives (i.e. fish passage and connected stream processes) when designing replacement structures at stream crossings. This information is in addition to and does not replace other elements of design relative to the hydraulic capacity and structural integrity of the stream crossing.
It is expected that workshop participants have some stream survey experience and work directly on road projects as forestry managers, municipal public works managers, civil engineers, surveyors, and natural resource agency staff.
It is recommended that participants bring to the workshop:
- a general understanding of the Principles of Stream Smart Road Crossings (Phase I) (recommended but not required)
- familiarity with field survey techniques, especially auto level or total station survey techniques (required)
- A 1-hour refresher on field survey techniques will be held at 8:00a.m. on Day 1. Please contact Annica McGuirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 781-2330 x219 to sign up.
- a basic understanding of stream assessment techniques
- field-appropriate clothing including knee-high waterproof boots, or hip boots if available for field assessments on Day 1
- a laptop with Microsoft Excel 2010 or later version installed for data analysis on Day 2
9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily (registration begins at 8:30)
October 16-17: Maine Audubon Fields Pond Sanctuary, Holden, Maine
October 23-24: Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton, Maine
$70 per person for two-day training (lunch is provided both days)
Workshop attendees may be eligible for Forestry Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), DEP Voluntary Contractor Certification CEUs, and Engineering CEUs.
Please note, this is a two-day workshop and you will be responsible for your own accommodations. Attendance on both days is required.
Space is limited for these two-day workshops, we will only be accepting registrations for up to 35 attendees. There will be a waiting list established once that limit is reached, and in the event of a registrant cancelling, members of the waiting list will be contacted in the order in which they were listed.
For more Stream Smart information, copies of presentations and handouts go to: