Midcoast Conservancy to offer two Wildlife Habitat Tours

Jun 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Jack Witham Mouse in a fir tree, up close.

Join Midcoast Conservancy for a unique experience: Take a Wildlife Habitat Tour on farms in Searsmont and Montville, and learn about the ways in which two pairs of farmland stewards nurture the natural environments on their land.

At both events, the intention is to offer attendees simple, proven methods for enhancing the habitat of their own property.

The first tour, “Sharing and Creating Habitat,” will be held Saturday, June 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ravenwood, 172 acres at the end of a dirt road in Searsmont. Twelve of those acres are dedicated human habitats and 160 acres are home to a variety of plants, animals and other organisms.

On the habitat walk, participants will explore the different ways in which landowners Lily Fessenden and Glenn Ritch are interacting with the land, water and other organisms. This will include some permaculture practices, garden irrigation, tree leaf fodder, forest pigs, pollinator gardens, and a moldering gap composting toilet.

Ravenwood is the former site of the Grassroots Educational Expeditions and the Audubon Expedition Institute’s Sustainable Practices undergraduate semester.

The second tour, Saturday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., will be at the Montville farm of John Twomey and Leigh Norcott, who offered the inaugural wildlife habitat last year to an enthusiastic group. Their workshop will include the observation and discussion of various wildlife habitat initiatives and the wildlife beneficiaries of such efforts.

The group will look principally at work completed in fields and brushy areas. A significant focal point will be the topic of meeting the habitat needs of native pollinators.

If time permits, the discussion will extend to the management of apple trees, oak trees and ponds for the benefit of wildlife.

To learn more, or register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events/. Last year’s event reached full capacity, so early registration is encouraged.

Deer grazing in Montville. (Courtesy of: John Twomey)
Bumblebee. (Courtesy of: John Twomey)
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