Vinalhaven Land Trust Resource Page

Information Sharing

Often we sponsor a walk or talk that leaves a lasting impression. It is our hope to share some of this useful information when possible.  Links to such information (and more) can be found on this page. 

Marcuse Wetlands Preserve, photo by Norbert Leser

Marcuse Wetlands Preserve, photo by Norbert Leser

Nathaniel Wheelwright

Nat Wheelwright visited us in the summer of 2018 for a walk and talk. He spoke about his new book, The Naturalist's Notebook, and led a walk on the Marcuse Wetlands Preserve. He has a great resource for nature lovers, a weekly short video designed to showcase the natural history of common plants and animals. The link below will take you to these videos, a great way to start your day!

Nature Moments

Native Pollinators: Dr. Alison Dibble

Top Bee Forage Plants for Maine (pdf)


Bumble Bee Guide (pdf)


Bee Pasture Fact Sheet (pdf)


How to construct bee houses (doc)


Conserving the Nature of Vinalhaven

Winter Moths

In 2012, Vinalhaven saw a significant flight of winter moths.  Joe Elkinton, entomologist and researcher at UMass Amherst, breeds the  parasitoid tachinid fly Cyzenis albicans. Joe and Maine State Forest Entomologist Charlene Donahue brought the flies to Vinalhaven, where they were released on the Sands Road on May 21, 2014, the location of the most severe infestation on Vinalhaven. Once the fly is established, it can take as long as 10 years to become well established. Once they are, it has been a great tool in other places to combat the winter moth problem. After 4 years, there has been success in establishing the Cyzenis albicans fly.

Links for Winter Moth Info (pdf)


Parasitic Fly Released to Control Winter Moth (docx)


Winter Moth Info, Maine Forest Service (pdf)


Winter Moth Q & A, Maine State Forest Service (pdf)


Winter Moth Biological control report March 2018 (pdf)


Browntail Moth

Harmful to both plants and humans, read here about this pesky pest.

Tick Prevention

Tick Check

We're not the only ones getting outside and active to make the most of this warm weather. Ticks are plentiful in Vinalhaven, and where there are ticks, there is Lyme Disease. Read more about Lyme Disease here.  Don't forget to perform frequent tick checks on yourself, your friends, and your pets, and follow these rules to help avoid ticks altogether:

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants, and tuck pant legs into your socks
  • Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to spot
  • Wear a hat
  • Stay on the beaten trail to avoid brushing undergrowth
  • Wear insect repellant with DEET
  • Treat clothing with Permethrin (always read directions before using)

Click here to see a guide to tick removal and ID. Click here to read about other tickborne diseases. Click here to read about how you can practice tick prevention and propery management. 

Read here about other types of ticks found in Maine.