Past Projects

Penobscot River

Penobscot River Baseline Wetland Assessment (2006, 2007, 2008, and future summer/fall field seasons). We preformed an assessment of the Penobscot River coastline. This work presented data to the professional scientific community, contributing to active conservation monitoring in Brewer. Club members worked from canoes and on foot in estuary, emergent, river channel, and forested wetlands. We gained real world field experience in canoe navigation, vegetation identification, GPS use, photography, tide work, and all the fun and challenges that came along with it.

Libby School

Teaching wildlife and conservation biology at the Libby School in Milford, Maine. 2004, 2005, and 2006 Club members taught biology lessons in the Milford woods, including at the school and nearby Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Lessons included such topics as mouse live-trapping mark-recapture surveys and …

Children's Water Festival

Helping at the Children’s Water Festival. Club members helped grade-school kids work with microscopes as they observed live specimens of invertebrate animal life (whelks, periwinkles, etc.) from the rocky coast and helped their frazzled schoolteachers steer the kids around the campus.

New England Aquarium

Trip to the New England Aquarium (2006). Chapter members convened in Orono at 3:55 in the morning for an all day trip to the New England Aquarium. This trip was at no cost to the members and included a behind-the-tanks look at how the Aquarium runs and maintains thousands of fish, invertebrate, marine mammal, and bird species in captivity as well as the nearby wildlife habitats amongst Boston Harbor’s many islands.

Acadia

Birding at Acadia (Various trips). Members traveled down the road to Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor on the Maine Coast for a day of birding and exploration along the rocky shore.

Sunkhaze

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Milford ME. Members traveled with Dr. Bill Glanz of UMaine’s Biology and Wildlife Departments for a fall birding trip to Sunkhaze (www.sunkhaze.org), on the edge of the wilderness and only a 10-15 minute drive from campus along The County Road towards The Stud Mill Road. Sunkhaze has diverse upland and wetland habitats including cedar swamps and a complicated network of peat bogs that support many endangered species.