Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Naturalist’s Notebook with Nathaniel Wheelwright

 On Tuesday May 8th, 6:30 pm Bowdoin College biologist Nathaniel T. Wheelwright will discuss his recent book “The Naturalist’s Notebook” at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street.

Wheelwright and best-selling author Bernd Heinrich  co-wrote “The Naturalist’s Notebook” to teach nature lovers of all ages to be more mindful, curious and knowledgeable about the natural world, no matter where they live, using a calendar-journal format and Heinrich’s classic illustrations as inspiration. The book’s  unique five-year calendar format helps you create a long-term record and point of comparison for memorable events, such as the first songbird you hear in spring, your first monarch butterfly sighting of summer, or the appearance of the northern lights.

Professor Wheelwright’s presentation will describe the origin of the project and the joys, challenges, and fulfillment of keeping a systematic nature journal. Books will be available to purchase at the program.

Nathaniel T.Wheelwright is the Bass Professor of Natural Sciences at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The 2015 winner of the Ecological Society of America’s Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education, he is also the author of numerous scientific publications and co-editor of Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest.

Friends of Sears Island (FOSI), is co-sponsoring the program which is free and open to the public. To learn more about FOSI, visit

For more information about the program, please call the library at 338-3884 ext.10.

Vernal Pool Walk with Aram Calhoun

Aram Calhoun photo

Aram Calhoun will lead a vernal pool walk on Sears Island on Wednesday, May 9th, from 10am-12pm. Program participants will learn about vernal pool fauna and the landscape-scale functions of vernal pools. If time allows, Aram will also show the group some mitigation pools on Sears Island where she conducted research tracking populations of wood frogs and spotted salamanders.

Aram JK Calhoun is a Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. Her research focuses on conservation of forested wetlands and vernal pool ecosystems. She is particularly interested in conservation of natural resources on private lands and collaborative approaches to conserving wetlands through locally driven initiatives. Dr. Calhoun is active in working at all levels of government on wetland policy and conservation issues. Aram will be joined by post-doc Dr. Kristine Hoffmann, who is a herpetologist and blue spotted salamander expert.

Friends of Sears Island is hosting this event, which is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Walk participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 10am. Please wear footwear and outdoor gear appropriate for hiking and bring water and a snack. No pets are permitted at public programs.  In the event of rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and program updates, visit, or call 207-975-3878.

Spring Stewards Day for Kids

Friends of Sears Island will host Spring Stewards Day for Kids, on Friday, April 27th, from 4:00-5:30pm. After a long winter of marine debris washing up on Sears Island, spring is the perfect time for a beach clean-up, and with the celebration of Earth Day this month, this program will focus on pollution and stewardship. Marianne McKinney Randall from the Ban the Bag in Belfast group will teach participants about pollution in our marine environment and what local activists are doing to help with this problem. The program will also include a beach clean-up with kids collecting data on the types of debris found along the beach. This information will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be added to their global ocean trash database.

Space is limited for this free program, and advance registration is required. To sign-up, please CLICK HERE. This event is part of Friends of Sears Island’s “Science Squad,” a place-based after-school program involving children as scientists, explorers, and stewards of their environment. Science Squad is made possible by a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 4:00pm. Please wear footwear and outdoor gear appropriate for walking along the beach and bring water and a snack. No pets are permitted at public programs. In the event of inclement weather, program participants will be notified that the program is cancelled, with a back-up date of April 30th, 4:00-5:30pm. For more information, visit, or call 207-975-3878.

Fundraising Dinner at Nautilus

Friends of Sears Island invites you to join us for a fundraising dinner at Nautilus Seafood & Grill in Belfast, Wednesday, April 25th, from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, and Nautilus will graciously donate 10% of your tab to Friends of Sears Island to support conservation and education programs. This is a great opportunity to support a local business and a local nonprofit!

Nautilus Seafood & Grill is located at 3 Main Street in Belfast. A menu and more information about the restaurant can be found at, and reservations can be made by calling 207-218-4218. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit