Join Friends of Sears Island for a nature walk titled “Sears Island: A Summer Sojourn” on Saturday, July 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm. This program will be led by Mike Shannon, a master naturalist, former ornithology teacher at Unity College, Registered Maine Guide, and instructor at Senior College in Belfast. The walk will focus on connecting with ourselves, with others, with the land . . . three good reasons why many of us spend time outdoors. Join us as we explore and discover the wildness of this local place. Learn to identify common species, sharpen your observational skills, and arouse your kinship with the natural world. The possibilities will surprise and delight you. Continue reading Join us for A Summer Sojourn with Mike Shannon
Friends of Sears Island to Offer Guided Beach Walk
Join University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences Biologist Sara Lindsay in an exploration of the intertidal on Sears Island on Monday, June 27th from 10am-12pm. Participants will walk the shore around low tide to learn about the ecology of marine organisms that live on the island and how to “read mud.” Dr. Lindsay teaches marine biology and studies marine invertebrates, primarily worms, to understand how their activities affect marine communities. She is especially interested in how marine invertebrates regenerate to cope with injury, and how that changes their behavior. In her spare time, she likes to explore the beauty of marine animals using microscopes; some of her images have been recognized in national competitions. Continue reading FOSI to Host Beach Walk with Marine Biologist on June 27th
Thanks to funding by the Maine Community Foundation and the Davis Conservation Foundation, Friends of Sears Island is beginning a season of intensive stewardship on the island, with a focus on searching for and eradicating many invasive plants and also documenting sensitive features. Continue reading Summer Stewardship Opportunities: Invasive Plant Removal and Citizen Science Projects Underway
Join Friends of Sears Island for a fun-filled family nature program with Ashley Megquier on Sunday, June 12th from 10am-12:30pm. Parents and their kids will learn about various habitats on Sears Island through educational games, stories, and hands-on exploration. This interactive adventure will be much like a mini day-camp for the whole family. Ashley is FOSI’s Outreach Coordinator, as well as an experienced environmental educator, camp director, after-school program manager, mother, and artist, who enjoys any opportunity to share nature with children. Continue reading Friends of Sears Island Presents Island Explorers Program for Families
May 14th: 7am-1pm – Are you interested in finding new trails to explore in Searsport? Do you want to learn more about conservation, natural history, and fun volunteer opportunities in the surrounding area? Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Friends of Sears Island, and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition to Discover the Trails of Searsport! Continue reading Discover the Trails of Searsport Day
August 9 Explore Coastal Maine geology 11 – 12 Lecture, 1:30 – 3 Field Hike
Dr. Stephen Norton will provide a talk and then lead participants on an exploration of the dramatic and varied geological features of Sears Island and coastal Maine. Dr. Norton, who retired from the University of Maine in 2008, received his Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University. Early in his career he conducted research with the US Geological Survey and the Maine Geological Survey, unraveling the history of crustal rocks in western New England and Maine. His research continues to the present and is concerned with chemical processes in the earth’s surface, specifically the interaction of water, rock materials and humans. HIs work has taken him to many places, including close to the North and South poles, Europe, Canada and Mexico. In recent years, Dr. Norton has led popular talks and walks on geology for Maine residents.
During the summer, most of our organizational activities will be in working groups meeting periodically, and we will be communicating by e-mail.
Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering: use the contact form on this website.
Current working groups are Outreach Materials and Publicity, Technology (full), Trail Stewardship (more voluteers welcome), Education/Outreach, Development/Fundraising, and Events (one or more volunteers needed for each event), and Gate/Entry (full).
You may also volunteer as you’d like, without an ongoing commitment…help is always needed!