It’s become a yearly tradition to check on the ephemeral pool at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. We’ll dip small containers and see what aquatic insects we might find, taking a closer look through hand lenses and a field microscope. If time allows, we’ll walk to Otter Rock as well.
This will be a silent walk for some of the way as we’ll check on a heron rookery from a distance. We won’t want to disturb the adults or young as they feed, so we’ll stay hidden among trees and spy on them with binoculars. At the same time, we’ll also note other birds that enjoy the wetland location. Binoculars and bug repellant a must for this hike.
Breeding Birds: The Maine Bird Atlas is a citizen science project that depends on volunteers to collect data. Several of our docents are involved in this important conservation project and they’ll help us hone our birding skills, while at the same time explaining the work they’ve been conducting to help update Maine’s Bird Atlas.
Amazing Wetlands: Join the Lakes Environmental Association and the Greater Lovell Land Trust as we embark on a field trip exploring and comparing different watery places. Wetlands provide a myriad of vital ecosystem functions and unparalleled wildlife habitat but are often considered wasted space or places that need filling in. We will visit a floating bog, forested swamp, vernal pool and other wet places to learn about how they function, how they differ and why they are so special to Maine wildlife and to us. Space is limited. We are going to make a mess mucking about, please come prepared with shoes and clothing that can get wet and dirty, as well as drinking water, snacks and a lunch as we are making a day of it!
Beavers are really important! Believe it or not, some of our country's current problems can be best understood by learning more about these natural architects. We all know a lot about them by witnessing their activities, so we are going to take a different approach. Instead of a lecture, we want to hear your "beaver stories,” and your questions and concerns. We also have some questions for you to ponder as we jointly investigate the popular mythology and search for what is real. Please join us as we pool our knowledge and enjoy the process….
Predators: The Balance of Nature: The Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program will present a program about predators in the context of food webs and natural cycles. We learn some commonly-held myths about predators, and what problems do they face. Discussion of current events will emphasize the importance of predators in maintaining the world’s ecological balance. As a special treat, participants will have the opportunity to study mounted animals and see three live, non-releasable predators.
As part of our wellness series, we’ll explore and reflect on our personal connections to the environment through the elements, seasons, birds and other wildlife. With inspiration from our surroundings, and short pieces in various styles and forms by poets and naturalists, we will draft our writing and share with the group. Adults and teens welcome. This poetry workshop is sponsored by the Greater Lovell Land Trust, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony…
PBS and the BBC Wildlife Unit joined forces last fall to film in New England. Moira Yip helped the BBC team plan their locations, and some of the footage was filmed at her house here in Lovell. The shows were broadcast both in the US and in the UK. She shares her story of how this came about, illustrated with her photos and with some BBC footage
With the help of the Lovell Historical Society, the Greater Lovell Land Trust will share the story of the families who farmed along the Heritage Trail at Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. A peek into their past will be revealed through stone foundations, walls, an old road, and a mystery structure. Those who are feeling even more ambitious may choose to explore an old quarry located on Amos Mountain.
Honoring Lovell's Heritage: With the help of the Lovell Historical Society, the Greater Lovell Land Trust will share the story of the families who farmed along the Heritage Trail at Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. A peek into their past will be revealed through stone foundations, walls, an old road, and a mystery structure.
Moderated by Bob Katz: We all have a deep connection to our agricultural heritage. But . . . have you ever wondered what a typical day is like in the life of a local farmer? What worries and challenges do farmers face? What sustainable agricultural practices do they employ? How do these factors affect the health and productivity of the land? Joining us for a panel discussion will be representatives from four local farms: The Wards of Fly Away Farm; Roy Andrews, president of the Fryeburg Fair; Steve and Jeanne Eastman of Chester Eastman Homestead; and the Westons of Weston’s Farm and Market.
Join us for a tour of a local farm that follows sustainable agricultural practices. Learn what is involved in growing food, and how important farms’ sustainable methods are to the health of the Earth and our Greater Lovell community. The farmers will be available to describe their site and answer questions.
As part of our wellness series, Pamela Moulton, visual artist and Hewnoaks Resident Manager, will lead an indoor/outdoor sketchbook journaling workshop that will offer a peek into Hewnoaks secret places. We will explore nature and Hewnoak’s hidden corners through observation, intentional curiosity, and focused awareness. We will look at inspiring Artist sketchbooks and experiment with mark making using traditional and scavenged drawing materials, so be prepared to forage and get creative. This workshop is open to all ages and no experience necessary. This walk is limited to 15 participants.
As part of our wellness series, we’ll listen to the inspiring poems written by participants of the Hewnoaks Poetry Workshop. Even if you couldn’t attend the workshop, you are welcome to join us and listen, or share a poem of your own. Light refreshments will be served.
Recent censuses show the smallest Monarch butterfly populations in Mexico and the west coast hibernacula in recorded history. Why is this happening? Is there anything we can do? Are drastic declines in the Monarch populations a sign of something more insidious? Come listen to Don Bennett and discover why this is such an important message for all of us.
Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to survive - their caterpillars only eat milkweed and Monarch moms lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll take a walk along a dirt road that abuts a farm field and river, where milkweed grows in abundance and search for Monarchs and other butterflies.
As part of our wellness series, certified yoga teacher Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., will lead us through a gentle to moderate yoga experience under the trees. Ever wonder what it would be like to take your yoga practice outside? Or what it would be like to do a tree pose under a tree? Here's your chance. As this is a gentle class, no yoga experience is necessary and modifications to poses will be offered. All ages are welcomed and all that is required is a willingness to have your body, mind and spirit be in union with nature (the word yoga means union, after all). We will walk, perform some poses, practice reflection, and listen to a poem or two to connect our yoga practice to the outdoors.
Due to the diversity of habitat in the Namibia region of southern Africa, 644 species of birds reside there. We will get to know several of these species and the fascinating behaviors that help them to survive the challenges of their particular habitat. You will leave this presentation amazed and feeling that...just for an hour..."We are not in Lovell anymore, Dorothy." Join us to learn about a bird that stomps to death its prey and another one that imprisons his mate.
The American Chestnut was once an important tree in the northern forest, though it has largely disappeared following the introduction of a fungus blight in the early 1900s. A few chestnut holdouts, however, remain in part due to natural variation and human efforts to bring them back. And the tallest one in North America happens to be located in Lovell. District Forester Shane Duigan of the Maine Forest Service will share the story of how it was discovered. We'll then hike to view some other chestnut trees at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve.
The Sound of the Wild Snail Eating, Author Elisabeth Tova Bailey will read from and discuss her natural history/memoir with us via Skype. “An exquisite meditation on the restorative connection between nature and humans . . . As richly layered as the soil she lays down in the snail’s terrarium: loamy, potent, and regenerative.” —The Huffington Post This event is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the GLLT.
Did you know that the Northern Goshawk is such a fierce hunter who stalks prey on foot and in the air? And yet, its scientific name, Accipiter gentilis, means the gentle hawk. Interestingly, the name derives from Accipiter (accipere: to grasp) meaning hawk, and gentilis meaning noble or gentle. Together, they refer to the Middle Ages when only nobility were permitted to own goshawks for falconry. Join us to see and hear about the many wonders of the remarkable and canny bird.
The GLLT’s Interns and Lovell Recreation’s Summer Campers are our future. We’ll listen to the story of their summer adventures and appreciation of the natural world. The evening will conclude with an ice cream social to celebrate the accomplishments of these dynamic young people.
Due to the diversity of habitat in the Namibia region of southern Africa, 644 species of birds reside there. We get to know the fascinating behaviors that allow at least seven of them to adapt to their particular natural community. You will leave this presentation amazed and feeling that...just for an hour..."We are not in Lovell anymore, Dorothy." Join us to learn about a bird that stomps to death its prey and another one that imprisons his mate.
As part of our wellness series, Sun Style Tai Chi instructor Pam Katz, R.N., will introduce the opening move with its eight parts that are low impact and put little stress on muscles and joints as we circle around Perky's Path at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. Be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing for easy movement. Pam has been teaching Tai Chi in Florida for the past twenty years and Lovell for the last two.
For this evening program, Naturalist Sarah Blodgett will help us explore the lives of these small, furry, flying mammals as we watch a nursery colony of mother bats emerge to feed at twilight. Insect repellant and flashlights or headlamps with a red filter suggested; binoculars may be useful before full dark.
We’ll meet the most common families of mushrooms (fungi) in our area and find out more about their natural history and ecological functions as we walk along the trail. This walk is limited to 20 participants.
*Due to the popularity of this walk, we are offering an afternoon session beginning at 1:00 pm.
As part of our wellness series, Jeanne Christie, a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, will lead a Forest Therapy walk. Forest Therapy Guiding is a practice that is gaining recognition within the U.S. and abroad. There is an increasing body of research identifying a variety of benefits from spending time in nature, especially when all senses are fully engaged. These range from blood pressure and stress levels to increased cognition and creativity. This walk is limited to 16 participants.
Impressions of Painters: Located on the Conway/Chatham border, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust's Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve was once the homesite of American Impressionist painters Thomas Wilmer Dewing & Maria Oakey Dewing. Learn more about this couple, their works, and the land they inhabited.
In celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Week(end) we’ll circle Shell Pond. Periodically we’ll pause to test the temperature and pH level of the brook, springs, pond, and outlet stream as we discuss the differences we observe and how they may affect aquatic life. We'll also take in the mountain views and enjoy lunch along the way. BYOL.
As part of our wellness series, we invite you to join us for a stop-and-go walk where we'll pause frequently to sketch, photograph, ponder and/or write about our observations. The beauty that surrounds us will be our inspiration. Bring a sketch pad, journal, camera, etc.
A sea of autumn awesomeness will await us at the summit of The Mountain at Five Kezar Ponds Reserve. We’ll climb up The Mountain trail and enjoy the views from Tom’s Path as well as the summit. Our journey will then take us down the connector trail to Ron’s Loop. Be sure to pack a lunch, plenty of water and camera for this hike.
Christmas By the Homesteads: As part of the Maine Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt, we'll travel the Homestead Trail and try to spot the tree a local 4-H group in conjunction with the GLLT Homeschool Nature Explorers have decorated. We'll bring along some pinecones, peanut butter, birdseed and other natural goodies to enhance the decorations. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Fourth Annual First Day Hike: Join the GLLT to ring in 2020. We'll warm up with a climb to the summit of Whiting Hill and toast Lovell with hot chocolate and a sweet treat while enjoying the views from Kezar Lake to the White Mountains. Snowshoes or micro-spikes a must.
Sometimes we get to see these quilled creatures, but always we find signs they leave behind announcing that they inhabit Flat Hill. We’ll go on a porcupine prowl and see if we can piece together parts of their story, including hints of others who may also be looking for them (think maybe fisher or bobcat tracks). Join us to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with this afternoon hike. Snowshoes a must.
The Lakes Environmental Association and the Greater Lovell Land Trust will host a fun and sweet snowshoe through the Highland Research forest with your valentine, or you may join us solo and simply declare, “I’m with the trees!” They have lots to share, after all, and they don’t argue much. We’ll spend the morning learning tasty tidbits about our forests, and enjoy some tasty tidbits along the way too! A wonderful way to celebrate your love of the woods with new friends! Please bring layers and snowshoes, if you need some let us know!
Join us as we ring in the New Year. Participants will warm up with a climb to the summit of Sabattus Mountain and toast Lovell with hot cocoa and a sweet treat while enjoying the view from Kezar Lake to the White Mountains. Snowshoes or microspikes required…
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
The Maine Christmas Tree Hunt is a fun holiday scavenger hunt to find decorated trees in western Maine. We’ll search for the decorated tree along the Bill Sayles Loop at the Chip Stockford Reserve and may add a few of our own biodegradable ornaments along the way.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
There is an increasing body of research identifying a variety of benefits from spending time in nature, especially when all senses are fully engaged. These range from blood pressure and stress levels to increased cognition and creativity. The goal of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is to integrate nature and forest therapies into health care, education and management systems.
It’s hunting season and so our journey will take us to a woodland park where hunting is not allowed. Our friends from the Lakes Environmental Association and Loon Echo Land Trust will join us to host a walk through history as we point out key features in the park.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.
A sea of autumn awesomeness will await us at the summit of Whiting Hill. With our friends from Western Foothills Land Trust, we’ll hike up the Hemlock Trail and descend via part of the red loop back to the Gallie Trail. Bring a camera, plus a snack, lunch and water.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate.
Evergreen trees and ferns are just that—forever green. We’ll point out family traits and variations as we examine needles, cones, conifer bark, and fern fronds. If trail conditions are good, we’ll climb to the summit of Flat Hill, otherwise, we’ll circle Perky’s Path.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Join the Greater Lovell Land Trust to ring in the New Year. Participants will warm up with a climb to the summit of Sabattus Mountain and toast Lovell with hot cocoa and a sweet treat while enjoying the view from Kezar Lake to the White Mountains. Snowshoes or micro-spikes required.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate.
Michael Stansky, Forest Insect Ecologist with the Canadian Forest Service, will lead us on a walk along the trail at a private property under conservation easement with the Greater Lovell Land Trust. While we’ll stop frequently to look for insects, we’ll also take advantage of Mike’s knowledge about goldenrods.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.