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
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!
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.
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:
Read here about other types of ticks found in Maine.