Loons and Littoral Plants
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Maine Audubon Annual Loon Count, 7:00 a.m.
Volunteers will use Bearnstows boats, leaving at 7:00 a.m. sharp, and follow an assigned course on the lake. On a map provided by the Maine Audubon Society, we will chart the time, location, and number of loons observed. We finish the route at 7:30 a.m. Please feel welcome to stay for our buffet breakfast following the Loon Count. For more information, see the Maine Loon Project.
Littoral Walk, 9:00 a.m.
Conducted by Ruth Grauert and Carol Gregory
Stay on after breakfast or join us a 9:00 a.m. for a walk along the trails beside the lake and the brook. Here there is a vast variety of vegetationaccording to one state forester, more than any other site I have visited. Since 1922 the property has been protected, first by Colby biology professor Webster Chester, and then by Bearnstow.
We have a registered State of Maine Big Tree (an Alleghany service berry), erratic boulders, clay subsoil, ground pines, trailing arbutus, five kinds of native evergreens visible from one vista, a path through ledges, reindeer moss, and lichen used to make lavender dye.
The Loon Count is a volunteer event, and there is no admission for the Littoral Walk, but please phone to register for both activities, 207-293-2280 (after June 15). Those participating in the Loon Count may stay on for breakfast and join the Littoral Walk at 9:00 a.m. Or join us for the Walk at 9:00 in the parking lot, and we will proceed from there. If we expect you, we will wait for your arrival.