Plant patrol workshop Friday

Posted Aug. 01, 2009, at 12:54 a.m.

An Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop presented by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s Center for Invasive Aquatic Plants will be held at the Baxter State Park Headquarters in Millinocket on Friday from 1-6:30 p.m.

The workshop is hosted by Baxter State Park and will provide: an “Introduction to Maine’s Eleven most Unwanted” invasive aquatic plants; an opportunity to practice plant identification with live plants; the fundamentals of conducting an invasive aquatic plant screening survey; and the IPP Handbook, a three-ring binder of useful information, including a free copy of the Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants.

The workshop is free, but has a capacity of 50. Coffee, tea and water will be provided and participants need to bring their own snacks and evening meal.

Preregistration is required for all workshops. Those interested may contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at vlmp@mainevlmp.org or call 207-783-7733 to register, or for more information.

Marsh project seeks volunteers

Maine Audubon is recruiting volunteers to assist three wildlife conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, the largest saltwater marsh in Maine, on five Saturdays and one Sunday this summer, fall, and next spring. The work is part of TogetherGreen Volunteer Days, a nationwide effort Audubon launched last fall, with funding from Toyota.

As part of the project, more than 9,000 volunteers nationwide have, to date, donated more than 43,000 hours of time to environmental projects connecting people with ways to make a difference for conservation in their local communities.

Through next April, TogetherGreen volunteers in Maine will participate during six Saturdays in three conservation activities Maine Audubon is coordinating at Scarborough Marsh: two marsh cleanup days, two marshwide bird survey days, and two data-collection days for a state database that tracks an invasive reed.

The amazing abundance and diversity of birds at Scarborough Marsh has made it one of Maine’s first Important Bird Areas, part of a global effort to identify and conserve areas vital to bird populations.

Preregistration is required for TogetherGreen Volunteer Days. Volunteers should call or visit Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center at (207) 883-5100, or send an e-mail to smac@maineaudubon.org.

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., every day of the week, to Labor Day, and the first two weekends in September. Directions: from U.S. Rte. 1 in Scarborough, turn east onto Pine Point Road (also marked as Rte. 9 West) and the center is .8 mile on the left.

TogetherGreen Volunteer Days dates in Maine are:

• Bird Survey — Aug. 22, 7 a.m.-about noon (end times depend on length of route). Preregistration required. Call 207-883-5100, e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org, or visit Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Rte. 9/Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

• Phragmites Monitoring — Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (training), and Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (survey); for those who cannot attend, some alternative dates are possible. Preregistration is required. Call 207-883-5100, e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org, or visit Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Route 9/Pine Point Road, Scarbor-ough.

• Marsh Cleanup — Oct. 10 and April 24, from 9 a .m.-noon. Trash to accumulates in the marsh and it’s not good for wildlife. Help is needed to clear the area.

Preregistration is required. Call 207-883-5100, e-mail smac@maineaudubon.org, or visit Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Route 9/Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

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