Winterberries and woolly bears for one are great indicators that fall has arrived. And as fall transitions to winter, MCHT nature bum Kirk Gentalen is excited to encounter the occasional frozen (hibernating) woolly bear and persistent winterberries holding onto their red.
Sharing the work of Island Housing Trust, a nonprofit organization and frequent partner of MCHT working to increase access to housing for teachers, first responders, and other workers on Mount Desert Island.
“I immediately fell in love with the people and the land and now I want to do whatever I can to help out.”
Remarkable numbers of porcupine roadkill, giant piles of porcupine quills, and sure signs of disturbance all lead MCHT steward and Nature Bum Kirk Gentalen to believe something peculiar was going on. Because of his impressive tracking skills and with help from his handy game camera, Kirk was able to solve this mystery!
When MCHT steward and nature bum Kirk Gentalen stumbled upon a whisker of shrews (as they say), he was in for a treat! These youngsters were far too busy feeding and playing to pay Kirk any attention.
For a nature bum like Kirk Gentalen, deciding what to write about can sometimes be challenging. Kirk sees cool things every day and there’s so much to choose from! In the latest Nature Bummin’ article, Kirks explores something that’s been hidden in plain sight!
The mother Fisher delivers a litter with one to six (average two – three) youngsters called “Kits”, born blind, helpless, and are partially covered with fine hair.
“Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. We intend to be as inclusive—to humans and places—as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be.”
We know why Peepers peep in spring, it’s to mate. At that time, their common name makes perfect sense. But why do Spring Peepers peep in the fall? In this Nature Bummin’ column, MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen sets out to solve the mystery of the Fall Peeper.
Over the past six years, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has worked with partners to complete 36 marsh protection projects from York to Washington counties, conserving a total of about 1,800 acres of marsh and upland buffers.
MCHT collaborates with The Community School to protect important habitat and create permanent outdoor education space on Mount Desert Island.
MCHT is working with marsh scientists and restoration specialists to improve water flow at a marsh formerly manipulated for salt hay farming. Learnings from this experience will be shared across the land trust community.
When is the best time to see an otter? Nature Bum, Kirk Gentalen gets this question a lot and has thought long and hard about when and where you’re most likely to find an otter. Read on to learn more!
Did you know it was the summer of the Red Crossbills? Well neither did most people, but MCHT Nature Bum Kirk Gentalen was well aware and eager to spread the word.