Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Curtis Hall, Church Street, Searsport
Good Music, Good Food, Slides & Videos Photos, Paintings, Articles from the Past
Share your Trail Tales with us
What has FOSI been doing since last fall?
What are the plans for the upcoming year?
Some other DATES TO REMEMBER: Be sure to pick the dates that interest you and write and write them in on your calendars:
Saturday, April 26, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM — at UMaine Orono — HOPE FESTIVAL —
We opted not to have a table this year, for valid reasons, but suggested that some people attend and roam (it’s a really
good, interesting event), wearing a FOSI hat or badge, and having some handouts with them.
Continue reading Upcoming Events
At the close of 2011 FOSI wants to thank all of our members and friends who have helped make this a positive and productive year – individuals; area organizations and community groups; trail maintenance volunteers; local teachers, principal, students and parents; naturalists; and more. Each and every one has played an important role.
Continue reading Adieu to 2011
Sears Island’s clam flats are healthy and productive thanks to an ongoing clam restoration project begun in 2003. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor at UMaine Machias and Director of the Downeast Institute, the Searsport Shellfish Management Committee has regularly seeded the flats with juvenile clams and monitors the overall condition of the flats all year. A license is required to dig clams – inquire at the Town Office on Union Street.
For several years juvenile clams were seeded on the flats in pots so they could been counted and measured several times during the summer and fall months, before being returned permanently to the flats “on their own”.
During one season brood clams were seeded when the optimum sized juveniles were not available. All data, including the presence of predators, has been recorded and compiled.
The Shellfish Committee members continue to monitor the flats all year to determine the health and abundance of the clams. Their 2010 projects included: an official clam population survey, working in teams with the Regional State Biologist on one of the open harvesting areas; and transferring clams from a restricted area to an open area.
Sears Island: Our Legacy
As FOSI takes on more projects to fulfill its mission of protecting the land while encouraging low impact use its expenses continue to grow and the needs for an office and part-time staff become increasingly important.
Continue reading Donate to Friends of Sears Island
To help FOSI fulfill its stewardship mission we need to increase our active membership and volunteer base to cover many different activities:
- regular trail maintenance and an Adopt-a-Trail program;
- publicity and community outreach;
- regular recreational and educational activities;
- special events;
- grant writing
Leaders and followers will be welcomed!