Monthly Archives: June 2019

Intertidal Exploration on Sears Island’s Beaches

Blue mussels on the shore of Sears Island. Photo by Alison Dibble.

Summer beaches aren’t just for sunbathing and picnics! Join Friends of Sears Island for an exploration of intertidal organisms and their habitat on the beaches of Sears Island with Sarah O’Malley on July 8th, from 9:00-11:00am on Sears Island. We will search out various organisms and learn about the adaptations these animals and algae have that enable them to make this challenging environment their home.

Sarah O’Malley is an instructor at Maine Maritime Academy, in the Corning School of Ocean Studies. Her research interests include intertidal ecology, microplastics in the marine environment, and the impact of climate change on the ocean. As a passionate science communicator, Sarah doesn’t stop at the classes she teaches. She also produces a short science and nature radio show for the local community radio station, and writes about human experiences in the natural world for various venues.

This event is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 9:00am. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks. In the event of steady rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, http://facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call 207-975-3878.

Observation and Journaling Experience

Making Friends in Nature: An Observation and Journaling Experience on Sears Island

Friends of Sears Island will host a nature observation and journaling workshop on Sears Island on July 1, from 3:00-5:00pm. The program will be led by Cloe Chunn, of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Cloe will lead participants in a hike through the woods along the Homestead Trail, then down to the shore, and will discuss the value of keeping a personal record of your observations, imaginations, and inspirations. There will be opportunity to draw chosen species, write, and share. This program is free and open to the public, but program attendees should plan to bring a pencil, black pen, and colored pencils. Bring your own journal, or purchase one for $2.00 when you arrive.

Cloe Chunn is a former high school and college teacher, a naturalist, outdoor writer, and Registered Maine Guide. She is a cofounder and faculty member in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her book, Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), has been a Maine standard hiking guide, continually updated and revised for over 30 years.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 3:00pm. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in the woods and on the beach, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks. In the event of rain, the program will be rescheduled to July 2nd, from 3:00-5:00pm. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, http://facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call 207-975-3878.

Photo credit: Cloe Chunn

Photo caption: Details from Cloe Chunn’s nature journals.

Solstice by the Sea: A summer celebration!

Last year’s Children’s Procession!

Join Friends of Sears Island as we celebrate the longest day of the year, Friday, June 21, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on Sears Island! This is an event for the whole family. Bring a picnic, or hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs from the Searsport Lions Club and ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery will be available for purchase. There will be live fiddle music for a portion of the evening and readings that celebrate solstice traditions, as well as sidewalk chalk fun and a sun-themed processional 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! This event is free and open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family to support Friends of Sears Island’s education and conservation efforts.
Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for your comfort, as there are no picnic tables. No grills or open fires are permitted on Sears Island. Please leave your pets at home and be prepared to carry out what you carry in. Porta-potties will be available near the island gate. Parking will be along the causeway; please park along the guardrail facing south. In the event of poor weather, please check our Facebook page (facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland) to learn if the event is cancelled.
Sears Island is located at the end of Sears Island Road, off Route 1, just east of Searsport village. For more information, call 207-975-3878 or email Outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org.