Ecology & Wildlife
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.
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!
Bailey Bowden, from Penobscot, Maine, brings numerous talents and skills to his role at River Monitor for the Bagaduce
The Boothbay Regional Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust provided me with an opportunity to live and work in ways that I could have never dreamed.
I have early childhood memories of sitting on the ledges watching seals and exploring tidepools filled with all kinds of fascinating creatures…
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.
May is a great time for migrating songbirds, making it Kirk’s favorite month of the year. But as we know Kirk loves to learn and he’s learned May can be filled with so much more.
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!
Take a closer look at wood frog and spotted salamander eggs and egg masses found on MCHT preserves this time of year
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.
MCHT has been engaging in “natural climate solutions” for over fifty years, which is a critical component of the multi-faceted approach we must take to slow the rate of climate change and mitigate its impacts.
This winter hasn’t been the coldest, or the snowiest, and it definitely hasn’t been the iciest, but even so, Kirk knows there’ve been no shortage of lessons to be learned!
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.
Our new Southern Maine Outreach Coordinator is excited to bring her skillset and outdoor educational experience to this new position at MCHT.