For Love of the Coast
Rather than traveling far afield to spot wildlife this spring, Kirk is sticking to his hood for the greater good. But still, there’s plenty to see—from muskrats to woodpeckers to spotted salamander egg masses.
Poem by Samaa Abdurraqib, part of the Voices from the Coast project to celebrate peoples’ deep connection to the Maine coast and MCHT’s 50 years of land conservation.
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen is on the lookout for the harbinger of mid-late early spring (yes that’s confusing) and finds it in spermatophores.
Naturalist and land steward Kirk Gentalen reviews some of the questions he’s most commonly asked, including, “Is it early for [insert creature name]?”
Essay and illustration by MCHT land steward Amanda Devine, part of the Voices from the Coast project to celebrate peoples’ deep connection to the Maine coast and MCHT’s 50 years of land conservation.
Kirk takes local fifth and sixth graders on an adventure to his favorite place—the marsh behind his house in St. George.
A poem by Nancy Nielsen, part of the Voices from the Coast project to celebrate peoples’ deep connection to the Maine coast and MCHT’s 50 years of land conservation.
Bloody adventures from a winter tracking walk at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport.
MCHT Land Steward Kirk Gentalen pays a visit to his local marsh in February and finds some pretty cool creatures, including a beaver and a water boatman (that’s an aquatic insect).
How’s this for a headscratcher: hundreds of Six-spotted Fishing Spiders making their way across the ice in January? Kirk has more.
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen takes part in the Christmas Bird Count and, as always, resists the temptation to track mammals.
Has anyone else noticed it’s been a winterberry fall? Not sure what that means? Kirk will tell you.
Forever on the search for cool mushrooms, MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen gives “fall colors” a whole new meaning.
Every had one of those days? Ellie the cow did when she tried to track down her buddy Cooper in a distant field at Aldermere Farm.
MCHT Land Steward Kirk Gentalen takes a trip to Monhegan in search of songbirds, and find many other cool creatures instead.