Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host an insect safari Friday, July 22 from 9-11 a.m. 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, featuring live critters, 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. Nets will be provided for a catch-and-release bug quest. Participants should dress for an outdoor exploration.

The 92-acre Head of Tide Preserve was conserved by the Land Trust in 2009 and is part of the Passagassawakeag Greenway Campaign, an ongoing initiative to create a public trail network on conserved land along the banks of the Passagassawakeag River.

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 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.

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. They sponsor outings once or more per month, have a monthly evening educational program, volunteer in local schools, and build community trails. For more information, visit: belfastbaywatershed.org.

This year, Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The Land Trust has protected almost 9,000 acres since 1986. For more information about the Land Trust, visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.