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Opening Celebration of the Weskeag Wildlife Viewing Platform and Trail

Buttermilk Lane crossing the Weskeag Marsh
Buttermilk Lane crossing the Weskeag Marsh
Posted April 20, 2012, at 10:47 a.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 10:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Location: Weskeag Marsh, Buttermilk Lane, South Thomaston, ME

For more information: Georges River Ladn Trust; 594-5166; grlt.org

On Saturday, May 5th at 10 am, join staff of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Georges River Land Trust to celebrate the opening of a newly built viewing platform and trail at the Weskeag Marsh. We will meet at the Buttermilk Lane parking lot. Following a short hike along the trail, adults and youth will be able to view the birds from a safe distance at the viewing platform. Binoculars will be available for children to use, courtesy of National Audubon and Project Puffin. MDIFW staff will also make a short presentation on the migratory bird activity at the marsh.

Following a series of public outreach programs focused on the Weskeag, organized jointly by the Georges River Land Trust and Friends of the Wekseag, it became clear that people were eager to have better access to and interpretative information about the marsh. With grant support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, the State and Georges River Land Trust have been able to develop these important opportunities for the public: safe and unobtrusive access to the marsh, and interpretive materials about the importance of the marsh to the natural ecosystem and the regional economy.

Boy Scouts from the Troup 53 Katadin Area Council built the trail and platform for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which owns and manages the R. Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area. These user-friendly access points will allow visitors to observe the abundant wildlife while protecting the actual saltmarsh and minimizing disturbance to the shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. The trail complements an interpretive kiosk installed by Georges River Land Trust at the Buttermilk Lane parking lot that aids in the understanding and appreciation of this significant resource in the midcoast.

This program and celebration is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s continuing series of activities connecting the public with the vast resources of the watershed and surrounding areas. Upcoming events include two Revelry on the River events, Daffodil Garden Party on May 5th and Special Tour and Tasting at Breakwater Vineyards on May 19th , plus a family Quest on the Thomaston waterfront on Saturday June 9th. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit www.grlt.org, contact them at info@grlt.org, or call 594-5166.

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Saturday, May 5th 10 am. Opening Celebration of Weskeag Viewing Platform and Trail. Join Georges River Land Trust, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Friends of the Weskeag for an outdoor program on the migratory bird activity of the Weskeag Marsh and explore the new viewing platform at the R.Waldo Tyler Management Area. The program is suitable for children, as there will be several kid-size binoculars available. Meet at the Buttermilk Lane parking area in South Thomaston. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo: Weskeag 038.jpg

Photo credit: GRLT

Photo caption: Buttermilk Lane crossing the Weskeag Marsh

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