The Latest News
Portsmouth Herald encourages "Vote Yes on 2"
Norton at Night
by Gary Mitchell
I've been going out to Norton at night, and it has been interesting to hear and occasionally see what goes on. I've heard woodcock and been reminded of the pleasure of watching the male woodcock mating ritual.
From the ground the male will give his nasally "peent" call, which goes on for several minutes before he bursts into flight. He then ascends rapidly, flying in a wide circle while making a twittering sound. Once the circle is completed, he free falls straight out of the sky until just above the ground where he spreads his wings and glides to a landing where his mating flight began. After watching several of these flights, I realized that his flight path was always the same from one flight to the next, so while he was high up in the sky, I would quickly move to where he would fall from the sky. Eventually I got close enough that if I reached out my hand, I could have caught him. It was quite a thrill.
When I was banding birds at Plum Island, I had the pleasure of retrieving a woodcock from the nets. It was a very strange looking bird with its large side mounted eyes, long rubbery bill and large feet. I was surprised at how big it was. I barely was able to get it in the banders grip. I was also surprised that he smelled of musk since most of the birds we banded had little if any odor.
Bird watching is only one of the delights that places like Norton Preserve offer.
On the heals of Rustlewood Farm effort, KLT tackles Brave Boat
By Deborah McDermott
August 31, 2013 2:00 AM
Guide to Seacoast Maine's Nature Preserves
The fold-out guide features:
17 preserves in Southern York County
Useful summaries of trail conditions
Simple driving directions
Members will receive a complementary copy with this year's membership renewal. If you would like more than one copy or are not a KLT member, maps are available at the new KLT Office (in the East Wing of Kittery's The Community Center) for $3.95. We can also mail you a map for $5, which includes shipping and handling.
The guide was created thanks to The Gateway to Maine Outside collaborative: Great Works Regional Land Trust, Kittery Land Trust, York Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Center for Wildlife, White Pine Programs, Mount Agamenticus Conservation Initiative, and the Choose to Be Healthy Partnership, and The Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm.
Over the last 25 years, these members-supported non-profits, through their grass roots conservation efforts, have created preserves, trails, watershed protection efforts, and wildlife awareness.
“Keeping nature close to home is what we are all about. Aren't we lucky to have such a diversity of places permanently protected and open to all, just minutes from our doorsteps?” says KLT’s Executive Director, Christine Bennett. The guide "demonstrates to our generous supporters the progress we are making in the greater Mt. Agamenticus region."
Mt A to Sea Conservation Initiative
For the past decade, KLT, along with York Land Trust and Great Works Regional Land Trust and in cooperation with seven other local, statewide and national agencies, has collaborated on regional environmental efforts through the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative.
Did you know that Mt A to Sea Conservation Initiative (MTA2C), as it is known, has conserved over 14,000 acres of natural, cultural and recreational resources within the six-towns surrounding Mt. Agamenticus (Kittery, York, Eliot, South and North Berwick, Wells, and Ogunquit)? The MTA2C Initiative is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year.
Additional sponsors of the Guide to Nature Preserves and Water Access Points of Southern Coastal Maine include Kennebunk Savings, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s L. L. Bean Grant Program. Kittery Trading Post is an annual Outdoor Adventure program sponsor. Support for these programs also comes from local organizations and individuals.
KLT Active Partner in Gateway to Maine: Outside
The Gateway to Maine: Outside: effort encourages people to enjoy the natural beauty and health benefits of connecting with nature in southern Maine. The Adventures in Nature Series and Gateway to Maine: Outside web site are cooperatively sponsored by: Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT), Kittery Land Trust (KLT), York Land Trust (YLT), The Center For Wildlife (CFW), White Pine Programs (WPP), Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program (Mt.A.) and Choose to Be Healthy (CTBH). Support for these programs also comes from local organizations and individuals. To plan your next outdoor adventure, visit www.gatewaytomaineoutside.org.