Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host a family bug quest on Friday, July 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Fernalds Neck Preserve in Lincolnville. 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, featuring live critters, to give an introductory glimpse into the fascinating lives of insects. The group will then venture through forests, fields, and along wetlands in search of insects of all sorts. Nets will be provided for a catch-and-release bug quest. Participants should dress for an outdoor exploration.

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 is employed 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.

Fernalds Neck Preserve was transferred from the Nature Conservancy to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust in 2007 and occupies 328 acres of the Fernalds Neck Peninsula of Megunticook Lake. There are miles of trails leading through dense softwood forests and providing views of the Lake and Camden Hills.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay. To date, it has protected more than 8,000 acres in the region for their natural, scenic and public recreation resources.

For more information about this outing or Coastal Mountains Land Trust, call 236-7091 or visit online at coastalmountains.org.

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