Family insect safari at Head of Tide Preserve

Jul 13, 2012
Entomologist Kathy Murray examines a good find at our 2010 Insect Safari.

Belfast — Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host an insect safari on Friday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast. The outing is open to the public and free of charge. No advance registration is necessary.

Dr. Kathy Murray, entomologist for Maine Department of Agriculture, will lead this exploratory hands-on workshop for insect lovers of all ages. Murray will use her insect collection to give an introductory glimpse into the fascinating lives of insects. The group will then venture through forests, fields and along the Passagassawakeag River in search of insects of all sorts. Participants should dress for an outdoor exploration.

Kathy Murray, Ph.D, trained in entomology at the University of Massachusetts and has been engaged in insect research, teaching and pest management in Maine for 20 years. She works as an Integrated Pest Management specialist at the Maine Department of Agriculture and enjoys learning and teaching about insects and their critical importance to nature, people and the planet we share.

The 92-acre Head of Tide Preserve is part of the Passagassawakeag Greenway Campaign, an on-going initiative to create a public trail network on conserved land along the banks of the Passagassawakeag River.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic, and public access resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building, and education. For more information, visit www.belfastbaywatershed.org.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve more than 9,000 acres to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. For more information about the Land Trust, please visit www.coastalmountains.org or call (207) 236-7091.

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