The Belfast Area High School Envirothon team placed third among 16 squads Friday, April 29, in the Midcoast Regional Envirothon Competition at the University of Maine’s University Forest.

The team, consisting of Kelly Walker, Maranda Wellman and Stephen Colby, rotated to various stations, including forestry, wildlife, aquatic science and soils, and completed written tests and hands-on activities at each station.

The BAHS team practiced weekly and met with professors and resource professionals to prepare for the competition. Students presented a poster they made which focused on this year’s issue — protection of salt and freshwater marshes.

For the poster project, BAHS students implemented a public information campaign on the status of the Belfast Harbor. Students have conducted physical, chemical and biological samplings of the harbor to monitor water quality as shoreline development occurs.

The team is interested in collaborating with community groups, including the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Maine Healthy Beaches Program so the project may reach beyond the high school.

The state competition is Thursday, May 26, at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The Envirothon is part of the Science Team at Belfast Area High School, which also includes the Science Olympiad and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. If interested in taking part in any of these programs, contact either David Thomas or Jacquie Kahn.