Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host its annual Spring Conservation Lecture Series throughout the month of April, this year with the addition of a hike paired with each lecture topic. Topics this year will cover citizen science research and a partnership with the Schoodic Institute, managing your forest for wildlife, and the history of the granite quarries of East Blue Hill. All lectures are at Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road.
Lecture & Hike No. 1 will cover Signs of Spring, with a lecture 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, featuring Schoodic Institute’s Hannah Webber and Libby Orcutt for a presentation on the Schoodic Institute’s Downeast Phenology Trail & Citizen Science initiative researching migratory patterns of birds and their food source as the climate changes, a collaboration with several land trusts across Downeast Maine.
Then join BHHT Volunteer and Maine Master Naturalist Susan Guilford for a guided Signs of Spring hike at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry. CNP is a part of the Schoodic Institute’s Downeast Phenology Trail Network.
Lecture & Hike No. 2 will be all about “Wildlife Habitat” with a lecture on “Managing your Forest for Wildlife” 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Join Sandy Walczyk, Conservation Forest Manager for the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, for a discussion and presentation on the forest management techniques that can be used to improve and protect wildlife habitat in our local forest.
Then join Sandy for a guided walk at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in Kingdom Woods Conservation Area in Blue Hill. Learn about the various wildlife habitats on this property and how various management practices might affect or improve them.
Lecture & Hike No. 3 will be on the history of the granite quarries of East Blue Hill with a lecture by Bob Slaven 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, on “Chase Granite Company — Then & Now.”He will discuss what was a thriving granite industry in East Blue Hill, illustrated with historic and current photos of the quarries, railway, maps and more.
Then join BHHT trail stewards Jo Barrett and Bob Sullivan for a guided hike to BHHT’s very own granite quarries from the competing company up the hill on our new Penny’s Preserve trail at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Penny’s Preserve off the East Blue Hill Road. Arrive and park at the Peters Cove lot.
All these talks and hikes are free and open to the public and will all be held at the Blue Hill Public Library. The Trust will put out refreshments beforehand at 6:30 p.m. and the talks will begin at 7 p.m. Space is limited on the hikes. Call BHHT to register and for further information at 374-5118.