Monthly Archives: May 2018

Solstice by the Sea: A Summer Celebration

Join Friends of Sears Island as we celebrate the longest day of the year, Thursday, June 21, from 6:00pm to sundown, about 8:30pm. This is an event for the whole family. Bring a picnic or enjoy savory tacos and other offerings from the popular YumBus food truck and sweet treats from Wild Cow Creamery. There will be live music and readings that celebrate ancient traditions and modern day ceremonies, poems, and songs to welcome the official start of summer. All are invited to wear flower crowns, to dress as faeries and elves, or otherwise adorn themselves in a way that expresses the enchantment of a magical midsummer’s eve on the Maine coast.

 

A few notes on logistics:

  • Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs, as we don’t have picnic tables.
  • Park along the causeway.
  • Sorry, no grills or open fires permitted.
  • Carry in/carry out!
  • There is one ‘porta-potty’ at Sears Island.
  • Please, no pets.

In case of bad weather, please check our Facebook page (facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland) to learn if the event is cancelled.

Sears Island is located on Sears Island Road, off Route 1, just east of Searsport village. For more information, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call 207-975-3878.

Stewardship Guide now available!

Click image to download the 28-page PDF.

Friends of Sears Island is proud to announce that our stewardship guide, “A Guide to Land Stewardship Planning for Public Access Conservation Lands,” is now available. This guide is based on the work of FOSI. Our organization has worked to create a model of effective and broad reaching land stewardship and systematic management that involves both professionals and volunteers. Based on our process of implementing effective stewardship through careful planning, our guide provides a brief introduction to land management planning appropriate to smaller scale organizations and owners managing conservation lands.

Our emphasis is on centering land management activities around community involvement and outreach as well as ecological principles. The guidelines we offer here are based on our successful process of creating a property that is stewarded by the community with great care and awareness, which has led to greater health of Sears Island’s biodiversity as well as public access and education. The guide also offers practical advice on planning for infrastructure such as trails and facilities. It is intended to form a starting point by outlining important elements of land stewardship planning.

Click the image or use this link to download the 28-page guide, approximately 1MB in size:
https://friendsofsearsisland.org/wpnew/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FOSI-Stewardship-Guide-18.1-web.pdf

Vernal Pool Exploration for Kids

Children explore a vernal pool along the Homestead Trail on Sears Island.

Sorry, this program is now full. Please complete the registration form to place your child on the waiting list. We will notify you if space becomes available.

Friends of Sears Island will host a vernal pool exploration for kids on May 18th, from 3:30-5:00pm. Aquatic biologist John Tipping of Lotic Inc. and Maine Master Naturalist Cloe Chunn will assist children in finding and identifying creatures living in the vernal pool. Program participants will also collect data on their findings, which will be recorded in the Sears Island database of biodiversity.

This program is for kids ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. To place your child on the waiting list, please CLICK HERE or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://friendsofsearsisland.org/registration-may-18/. 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 located 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 3:30pm. Please wear footwear and clothing that can get wet 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. For more information, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call 207-975-3878.