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Celebrate Sears Island

Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Curtis Hall, Church Street, Searsport

Good Music, Good Food, Slides & Videos Photos, Paintings, Articles from the Past

Share your Trail Tales with us

What has FOSI been doing since last fall?
What are the plans for the upcoming year?

Upcoming Events

Some other DATES TO REMEMBER: Be sure to pick the dates that interest you and write and write them in on your calendars:

Saturday, April 26, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM — at UMaine Orono — HOPE FESTIVAL
We opted not to have a table this year, for valid reasons, but suggested that some people attend and roam (it’s a really
good, interesting event), wearing a FOSI hat or badge, and having some handouts with them.

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Adieu to 2011

At the close of 2011 FOSI wants to thank all of our members and friends  who have helped make this a positive and productive year – individuals;  area organizations and community groups; trail maintenance volunteers;  local teachers, principal, students and parents; naturalists; and more.  Each and every one has played an important role.

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A Living Lab

Sears Island’s clam flats are healthy and productive thanks to an ongoing clam restoration project begun in 2003. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor at UMaine Machias and Director of the Downeast Institute, the Searsport Shellfish Management Committee has regularly seeded the flats with juvenile clams and monitors the overall condition of the flats all year. A license is required to dig clams – inquire at the Town Office on Union Street.

For several years juvenile clams were seeded on the flats in pots so they could been counted and measured several times during the summer and fall months, before being returned permanently to the flats “on their own”.

During one season brood clams were seeded when the optimum sized juveniles were not available. All data, including the presence of predators, has been recorded and compiled.

The Shellfish Committee members continue to monitor the flats all year to determine the health and abundance of the clams. Their 2010 projects included: an official clam population survey, working in teams with the Regional State Biologist on one of the open harvesting areas; and transferring clams from a restricted area to an open area.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

To help FOSI fulfill its stewardship mission we need to increase our active membership and volunteer base to cover many different activities:

  • regular trail maintenance and an Adopt-a-Trail program;
  • publicity and community outreach;
  • regular recreational and educational activities;
  • special events;
  • grant writing

Leaders and followers will be welcomed!