2014 SOMESVILLE ALEWIFE COUNT
Volunteer Citizen Scientists counted 35,756 alewives during this season’s spawning run in Somesville. With the help of our volunteers we were able to accomplish our task of collecting valuable population data that will help inform continuing restoration efforts in Somesville and beyond.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY RECEIVES GRANT TO SUPPORT CITIZEN SCIENCE
The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary recently received a $4,000 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for support of their “Citizen Science Corps” program.
“Citizen Science” is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. “As a small non-profit with a mission of environmental research, conservation and education the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary relies on community volunteers to help carry out many of its programs,” says David Lamon, the Sanctuary’s Director. The “MDI Loon Monitoring Project,” the “Somesville Fish Passage Restoration Project,” and the “Long Pond Courtesy Boat Inspection Program” are a few examples of some of the Sanctuary’s programs that rely on volunteer citizen scientists. “On any given day during the spring and summer seasons you might find MDI High School students collecting data on migrating alewives (a sea-run fish species), retired couples monitoring and observing nesting loons on MDI’s lakes, or a local resident greeting and educating boaters about invasive plant species at the public landing on Long Pond,” said Lamon. “Engaging citizens with local environmental research and monitoring projects benefits our local communities by developing knowledgeable and committed individuals who will become active stewards of their own local environment, it’s a win/win situation,” says Lamon.
For more information on the “Citizen Science Corps” program or how to become involved please contact the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary at 244-4027, email email@example.com, or visit www.somesmeynell.org.
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SANCTUARY CELEBRATES WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY
Join Sanctuary staff and volunteers on Saturday, May 24th from 10am-12pm in celebration of “World Fish Migration Day.” Activities will include alewife counting, scale sampling, tours of the historical fish ladders and more! Meet at the Historical Society parking lot along the Mill Pond. For more information please contact the Sanctuary at 207-244-4027.
SANCTUARY RECEIVES LAND GIFT
Moorehead (Mike) Kennedy has donated a 10-acre parcel of forest and forested wetland that abuts the Sanctuary’s northern boundary. “This undeveloped land serves as an important buffer to the larger wetland area which drains into Somes Pond,” says Sanctuary Director, David Lamon. Mr. Kennedy’s wish for the land to remain forever wild found a compatible home in the Sanctuary’s mission of environmental stewardship and conservation within the Somes Pond watershed. “Mike’s love of this land is evident to anyone who accompanies him on a walk through this forest,” says Lamon; “he knows it like the back of his hand.”