Earth Day happenings

Apr 17, 2018

Maine’s environmental challenges: defense, progress and plans.

In her talk Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, Lisa Pohlmann, PhD, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will discuss what is happening to Maine’s landscape, and what may happen in the near future. NRCM is Maine’s premier conservation watchdog, without which the state would be very different.

Birds of Belfast Harbor

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian with their spotting scopes, and watch spring birds from Belfast's Armistice Footbridge Friday, April 20, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Want to learn the ducks, loons, grebes, and other birds in the harbor? Harrell and Gulezian will teach you as much or as little as you would like to know, and explain their findings from a five-year study for the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.

A Walk for Mother Earth, Sears Island to Belfast, April 21

A 10-mile Walk for Mother Earth is planned for Saturday, April 21, starting at Sears Island at 8 a.m.

Participants may walk or bicycle all or part of this journey along Route 1 from Sears Island to the Belfast Common. Shuttles and rest stops (at one, three and five miles) will be available to accommodate the needs of walkers. People can walk the final mile by joining the group on the east end of the footbridge around 2 p.m.

Gather at the causeway leading to Sears Island at 8 a.m. for an opening circle that will include acknowledging the ancestral territory of the Wabanaki people and their caretaking of this land and waters.

After a one-mile segment from the causeway to the parking area at Route 1, the walk will proceed along Route 1 to Moose Point and then on to the Passagassawakeag River. From there walkers will continue across the Belfast footbridge and along the Harbor walk, to the Belfast Common to enjoy the park, the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Labyrinth, and a community picnic (BYO).

Co-sponsors include the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, The First Church in Belfast UCC, The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Friends of Belfast Parks, Maine Chapter Sierra Club, Veterans for Peace Jim Harney Chapter 003 and the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church Belfast.

FMI: Peace and Justice Facebook page.

UBR, SRLT, Unity College lead Earth Day clean-up April 22

Unity Barn Raisers, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust and Unity College are teaming up to host a morning of clean-up projects and Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in Unity.

Activities will include cleaning up Triplet Park, picking up litter in downtown Unity, maintaining local trails, and picking up at Kanokolous Boat Launch.

All are welcome to join the morning work session. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Unity Community Center, 32 School St., at 9:45 a.m.

FMI: Mary at 948-9005 or programs@unitybarnraisers.org.

Spring Stewards Day for Kids on Sears Island April 27

Friends of Sears Island will host Spring Stewards Day for Kids age 6 to 12 on Friday, April 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

After a long winter of marine debris washing up on Sears Island, spring is the perfect time for a beach clean-up, and in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day, this program will focus on pollution and stewardship.

Marianne McKinney Randall from the Ban the Bag in Belfast group will teach participants about pollution in our marine environment and what local activists are doing to help with this problem.

In the beach clean-up, kids will collect data on the types of debris found along the beach. This information will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be added to its global ocean trash database.

Kids must be accompanied by adults. Sign up at http://friendsofsearsisland.org/registration-april27/.

Rain date: April 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m. FMI: friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or 975-3878.

Eastern beach on Sears Island, where a Spring Stewards Day for Kids is set for April 27.
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