February 19, 2018
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Penobscot Bay Stewards Program to be offered in May

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Would you like to learn more about the Penobscot Bay region and help preserve its unique character and history? The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is again collaborating with the Maine Coastal Program to offer the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program to area residents. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Penobscot Bay region and ways to conserve its resources.
The program will run morning through afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 30 through May 30 (no class May 2). Topics to be covered include Penobscot Bay history, marine life, island ecology, coastal land, intertidal and marine habitats, geology, the Penobscot Nation, fisheries, aquaculture, water quality, conservation issues, and current regional issues with impacts on our environment and human life. Leading authorities in their fields will give presentations and lead field trips.
The program will include classroom presentations, short hikes in nature preserves and state parks, and field trips to Rockland, Blue Hill and Deer Isle, Damariscotta, Indian Island, the Belfast area and elsewhere. Some days will require early morning departures and boat trips. Participants should be prepared to car pool and bring a bag lunch.
The course is free, but participants are expected to volunteer 30 hours to local conservation efforts of their choice during the coming year. Classes will provide an ample selection of possible projects. The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition qualifies as such a conservation organization.
Why should you join the Stewards? As you learn more about Penobscot Bay, the Mid-Coast, and local watersheds, you’ll realize how very important and fragile they are. With this knowledge, you can be part of efforts to preserve and protect this valuable resource.
The course is limited to 20 enthusiastic participants who will participate in the entire program. If you would like more information, contact Maynard at 338-8666 or Karin at 322-5545 or kwttmnn@gmail.com.
An application may be downloaded from the BBWC website: http://www.belfastbaywatershed.org/ The application deadline is April 1.