SOUTH THOMASTON — Georges River Land Trust will host Kirk Gentalen, naturalist and environmental educator, on a free early bird walk on the new Bobolink Trail 7 a.m. Thursday, May 16, starting at the Riverview Hayfields trailhead opposite the Finnish Church on Route 131. Please look for signs directing you to parking when you arrive.
This will be an easy walk to look for birds and learn about the ecosystem of hayfields, woods and wetlands on the Riverview Hayfields Preserve that stretches from the banks of the St. George River to the Weskeag Marsh.
Bobolinks are known for their bubbling songs and their striking black and white plumage. They commonly nest on the ground in New England hayfields, forming their homes from twigs and grass. Conserving Bobolink habitat also aids in maintaining populations of other declining grassland birds, which is intricately tied to a healthy agricultural industry.
Kirk has worked for 25 years as a naturalist for environmental education and ecotourism programs in 13 states. He currently works as a steward/naturalist for Maine Coast Heritage Trust with most of his work focusing on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay and leads walks and talks and outreach programs with schools up and down the coast of Maine. Kirk edits the “Vinalhaven sightings report” nature blog and writes the column “Nature Bummin’” for the St. George Dragon community journal and does tracking, breeding bird and vernal pool surveys.
Georges River Land Trust is committed to protecting the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region. For additional activities and more information, visit georgesriver.org or phone 207- 594-5166.