PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of public programs and field trips focused on natural and cultural history topics.  The Sanctuary’s programs both inform and connect; fostering appreciation and stewardship of our local environment.

2018 Late Summer & Fall Public Programs

 Thursday Morning Birding/Naturalist Walks

Every Thursday through summer, fall, and even into winter, from 9:00 – about 10:30.

Meet at Sanctuary headquarters to explore Sanctuary trails, and sometimes beyond, looking for whatever the group is inspired by and working on our bird ID skills by sight and sound. Join the camaraderie of the group by sharing your recent sightings around the island and growing our collective knowledge of nature. Check the Sanctuary Facebook Page or send an inquiry email to be on the list for information on exact times and meeting places.

Let nature inspire you – Children’s Art Workshop with Rebekah Raye

August 11th 10:00-12:00 am

Join artist, illustrator, art educator and children’s book author, Rebekah Raye for a morning of observation and inspiration, drawing and painting from nature around the Sanctuary. Rebekah is a wonderful artist and is so great with kids – we are happy to have her coming back this summer! We’ll start out with an informative walk on Sanctuary trails where we will learn about different habitats and sketch what we observe. We’ll then gather at the HQ building to turn our sketches into paintings, expressing our experiences onto paper. Ages 6 ++. All materials provided. Open to families, registration required.

Loon Paddle with Maine Audubon’s Susan Gallo

Wednesday August 15th 1:30-3:30

Bring your canoe or kayak to paddle around Somes Pond with wildlife biologist and loon specialist Susan Gallo. We’ll watch our resident loon pair and learn about their feeding, parenting, and territorial behavior.

Loons Around Maine – Talk with Susan Gallo

Wednesday August 15th 7:00 pm

Learn about the state of Maine’s loons – population trends, survey methods, ongoing threats, research needs, and conservation efforts. Sanctuary Director Billy Helprin will give an update on MDI loons as well.

Almost Full Moon Paddle

Saturday August 25th 6:30 pm

Watch the moon rise over the mountains from the vantage point of kayaks or canoes on Somes Pond. Open your senses to the sights and sounds as we transition from dusk to moonlit night. Before sunset we’ll watch our resident loon pair, identify aquatic plants, and listen to evening bird sounds. Catch up on what has been happening around the pond this summer from Sanctuary staff. Bring your own canoe or kayak and meet on the pond near the island. Please call for details.

 Invasive Plant Patrol Training and MDI Lake Surveys                  

Weekend of September 7th, 8th, 9th at Sanctuary HQ. Survey locations and meeting times to be shared later            

Participants will learn how to use field guide keys to help identify suspected invaders, become familiar with common native plants, and practice the skills needed to be an effective early detector. Novices will be paired with experienced “IPPers.” This is an opportunity to develop more highly trained local citizens to help with future survey work in Hancock County. The program will be led by the Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) and co-hosted by Acadia National Park, Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary and other partners. Group size is limited – please call for details.

Intro to Mushroom Natural History, Identification, and Photography

Friday, September 14th at 7:00 pm for the talk and Sanctuary walk Saturday the 15th 9:00-11:00 am

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Land Steward and Naturalist Kirk Gentalen will join us again to share his enthusiasm for the natural history of mushrooms, their role in ecosystems, interactions with humans, and mushroom photography. Every species is different “so you can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk. Having a group search, find, and really discover the world of fungi is a unique focus for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn.” These events are for all interest and knowledge levels.

Space is limited and registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 244-4027

or email us at somesmeynell@gmail.com

 

 

Some examples of past programs include:

Invasive species monitoring and management on Mount Desert Island

Dark Side of the Loon: Documentary film presented by the filmmaker Gail Osherenko

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Maine’s Butterfly Atlas Project

Medicinal Plants of Maine

Birds of MDI: Past, Present and Future

Aquatic Plant Paddle

Poetry on the Pond

Somesville’s Historic Dams

Landscaping with Nature

Aquatic Invertebrates: Ecology & Monitoring

Loon Appreciation Day –annual event

Bald Eagles in Maine

Vernal Pool Ecology

Geology of Mt. Desert Island