Stories by MCHT Land Steward Kirk Gentalen
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen explores his local creek one August day and finds a wide variety of cool critters.
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen has been enjoying the sights on St. George’s Clark Island Preserve this summer—particularly the butterflies.
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen has learned to love walking the same trails over and over again (it’s part of the gig). And Calderwood Island has been one of his favorite places to return to for all the changes that have occurred there over the past decade-plus.
MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen thinks flowers are just fine. Even cooler are the critters they attract.
MCHT Land Steward Kirk Gentalen shares information about the survival strategies of several plants found in June in Maine—the pink lady slipper, the bunchberry, and the one-flowered cancer root.
In his ongoing salamander egg studies, MCHT land steward Kirk Gentalen learns about the super special algae that turns salamander eggs green.
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.
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]?”
Kirk takes local fifth and sixth graders on an adventure to his favorite place—the marsh behind his house in St. George.
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.