Environment

Bigelow Laboratory’s August 2 Café Scientifique Guest Speaker David Shaw to Discuss High Seas Ocean

Bigelow Laboratory’s August 2 Café Scientifique Guest Speaker David Shaw to Discuss High Seas Ocean

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Bigelow Laboratory will welcome David Shaw as Café Scientifique guest speaker on Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m. in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Shaw’s talk is titled “The Sargasso Sea Alliance: A Pioneering Effort in High Seas Ocean Conservation,” and will focus on the international initiative to protect the ecosystem of the Sargasso Sea.

Extending over 1.4 million square miles in the central part of the North Atlantic, the Sargasso Sea has been called “the golden rainforest of the ocean” by internationally renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle. It is bounded by ocean currents circulating around the North Atlantic sub-tropical gyre, and supports a range of species not found anywhere else in the world.

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland 7/12 4-6p

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland    7/12 4-6p

Renowned Portland artist John Swan's works are usually on display in galleries in various parts of the world.

Twilight Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House July 21

Twilight Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House July 21

 Historic New England will offer special twilight tours of the Nickels-Sortwell House on Thursday evening, July 21 at 5:00 and 6:00 pm.  Admission is $10 for Historic New England members and $15 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.  A specific tour assignment will come with confirmation of your registration. Space is limited, so call 207-882-7169 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org now to reserve your place.

Built in 1807 at the peak of Wiscasset’s prosperity by Captain William Nickels, a wealthy sea captain, Nickels-Sortwell House is the finest example of high Federal style architecture north of Portsmouth. Run as an inn after his death for many years under multiple owners, the house was lovingly restored in the Colonial Revival style by the Sortwell family of Cambridge, MA after they purchased it in 1899. The family enjoyed the mansion as a summer house and private residence until 1956.

A Grand and Green opening at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

G is for Gardens, and for going green. Trumping all its previous successful efforts at environmental stewardship, on Friday, July 15, at 11 a.m., Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay will open its newest addition - the Bosarge Family Education Center, the greenest building in Maine.

Admission to the building is free on opening day. After opening ceremonies, everyone will be invited to plant seedlings in a sun-patterned "flower tower," take tours of the building, and view a slide show of native plants using the building's new technology. Refreshments, too, will follow a sun theme.

Tours for visitors and environment-related activities for children will go on all weekend.

Open Forum on Train maintenance and layover facility June 23rd

Senator Stan Gerzofsky has set up a public forum for neighbors with Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) and MaineDOT to provide information regarding the construction of a train layover facility in Brunswick and address local concerns.  In response to concerns expressed by residents living near the proposed maintenance facility in Brunswick, Senator Gerzofsky has agreed to help facilitate a series of public forums intended to provide information to the public regarding project. 

This is the first of several public forum where there will be an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns and lea

Clean Water for Clams

Clean Water for Clams

By Becky Kolak

If someone were to tell me a year ago that I would be dressed as a life sized clam to educate the public about the significance of clean water to the soft shelled clam, I would have called them crazy! However, as an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), I am doing just that- donning a homemade clam get-up to promote ‘Clean water for clams.’

Since my term began I have met with municipal shellfish committees, facilitated an after school program at the Patton Free Library, collaborated with the ArtVan Program in Bath, preformed as the Clam Ham in a variety show, worked with state agencies to sample water around clams flats, and visited classrooms as a guest speaker. I am willing to deliver the message of ‘Clean water for clams’ anywhere!

As Maine’s third largest fishery, soft shelled clam harvesting is directly tied to the quality of water in which the clams grow and feed.

Brunswick Outdoor Farmer's Market is Back

Brunswick Outdoor Farmer's Market is Back

Today Crystal Spring Farm hosted the first day of the outdoor farmer's market season in Brunswick. There were about 15-20 vendors on site to sell their fresh produce and baked goods. Everything from root vegetables and alpaca wool to mussels and lobster were available today. As the season progresses the variety of goods will change.

The Farmer's market is held every Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30 at Crystal Spring Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011. Near the intersection fo Pleasant Hill Road and Woodside Road.