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FOSI to Host “Photographing Insects and Flowers” Program

 Join Friends of Sears Island on Saturday, August 13th from 10am-12pm for “Photographing Insects and Flowers” Learn the basics of photographing insects and flowers with Roger Rittmaster, a Maine Master Naturalist and the author of “Butterflies Up Close: A Guide to Butterfly Photography.” Roger will teach program participants how to identify insects and demonstrate how to use your iPhone, an SLR, or a point and shoot camera in nature photography. A retired endocrinologist, Roger has a lifelong interest in natural history and nature photography, and over the past 15 years has focused on photographing insects.     Continue reading FOSI to Host “Photographing Insects and Flowers” Program

Join us for A Summer Sojourn with Mike Shannon

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

FOSI to Host Beach Walk with Marine Biologist on June 27th

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

Summer Stewardship Opportunities: Invasive Plant Removal and Citizen Science Projects Underway

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

Friends of Sears Island Presents Island Explorers Program for Families

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