This #LovetheLand moment, Salt Pond Preserve in Hancock, is brought to you by Dennis King Masonry—thanks for your support! Dennis King Masonry is a long-time FBC Business Member, supporting the Revitalize Tidal Falls campaign and the annual Autumn Trail Race. Thanks for supporting the cause of local land conservation! To add your business to our list of supporters, visit our website: http://frenchmanbay.org/business-members/
Here's another one of Jeff DiBella's awesome photographs from Hog Bay, where Frenchman Bay Conservancy is working to conserve undeveloped shoreline and wetlands that provide wildlife habitat. For more information, visit www.frenchmanbay.org/Hog-Bay
Local historian and metal detectorist Stanley is at it again! These were found near our Taft Point Preserve in Gouldsboro. Everybody knows about horseshoes, right? Well... what about ox shoes, or rather, oz ques? Maine settlers preferred oxen over horses. They could pull heavier loads for longer periods of time. The rule was eight hours. They could also eat a wider range of vegetation, saving time, money and extra crops. So, an ox was qued (instead of shod) generally only on the hind claws (that's right, claws). Because oxen have difficulty standing on three legs, they were placed into a small, fenced in space, called a press or a crush, with a sling under them to take off the weight. A claw would be tied off and qued using more nails than a horseshoe. Thanks for the find and the background, Stanley! #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation
This #LovetheLand moment, Loons on Little Tunk Pond, is brought to you by Hammond Lumber—thanks for your support! Hammond Lumber/EBS is a long-time FBC Business Member, supporting the annual Autumn Trail Race. Thanks for joining the cause of local land conservation! To add your business to our list of supporters, visit our website: http://frenchmanbay.org/business-members/
We're reposting this seasonal photo from a few weeks ago to give an update on 2018 volunteering. Last year, volunteers contributed more than 569 hours to clearing trails, hosting events, leading hikes, and more! From everyone at FBC, THANK YOU for your hard work protecting and advocating for the places we all love. If you want to get an early start on volunteering in 2019, join us for a community day of service at Blunts Pond in Lamoine tomorrow at 10am. We're planning to clear the pond for ice sports. There will be hot cocoa, a bonfire, and ice skating fun! Bring warm layers, a mug, a favorite tool, and your skates.
FBC plans to conserve approximately half of the tidal estuary in Hog Bay through land purchases and voluntary private easements. Follow the link in our bio to learn more. Photo: Jeff DiBella
We're hosting a community service day on Blunts Pond with the town of Lamoine this Saturday at 10am. Join us for a bonfire, hot cocoa, and clearing the pond for ice skating! Message us or visit our website for more information. #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation #January5ServiceDay
Great news! FBC was awarded $94,500 to protect a 17-acre waterfront parcel on Hog Bay in Franklin. These rich intertidal mudflats provide valuable habitat to birds and other wildlife and we're excited to provide public access and work to conserve more of this important estuary. Follow the link in our bio to current projects to learn more.
The new pavilion at Tidal Falls Preserve looks good in that December sunlight. #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation
Friendly neighborhood volunteers do a lot for us. This weekend Larissa, Brian, Jeff, and Rich helped clean up the Simon Trail in Lamoine. Thank you! And thank you to everyone who walks the trail and picks up branches as they go. It's not easy to maintain trails in the winter and we really couldn't do it without you!
Have you visited Schoodic Bog Preserve in Sullivan yet? The views of the bog and Schoodic Mountain are incredible. Find directions and trail information on our website. #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation
Some neighbors stopped by Tidal Falls Preserve this morning to see historic photographs now displayed in the conference room of the Exploration Center. They include shipwrecks, explosions, and giant lobsters—if you're near Hancock during the week, come take a look!
Local metal detector hobbyist, Louis Stanley, just sent us this photo! What is it? A shipwreck spike he found at the beach at Taft Point Preserve in Gouldsboro!Louis says these spikes were used to fasten ship's planks to the timbers and were normally 4 to 6 inches long. The spikes were hand wrought and curved so they were less likely to come out of the wood! Louis' question: Where's the rest of them? This had to be a large ship. Did it sink? Maybe it just pulled into Taft Point to make repairs. A mystery indeed. He also says that like any good outdoorsperson, a good detectorist will leave virtually no trace of their ever being there. Meanwhile, most people don't realize that much the history we don't know about is right under their feet.....literally. Great find! #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation
The new pavilion at Tidal Falls is really coming together!
This #LovetheLand moment, glistening maple leaves, is brought to you by Hawkes & Quirk—thanks for your support! Hawkes & Quirk is a first-time FBC Business Member. Thanks for joining the cause of local land conservation! To add your business to our list of supporters, visit our website: http://frenchmanbay.org/business-members/ #conservation #Maine #VisitMaine #TrueMaine #DowneastAcadia #SchoodicByway #communityconservation
🌲Photo caption below! 🌳 Thank you to everyone who donated to the trail stewardship program for yesterday's #TrailTuesday #GivingTuesday! We're still looking for more 🌟 NEW donors to give $10 for trails to support the ongoing stewardship of the over 28 miles of trails (and counting) that provide places to escape and explore. If you've never given to FBC before--don't worry! It's easy and you get a trail map, decal, and twice-annual newsletter updates on trails and other conservation projects in our area.🌞 Here's a photo from a summer preserve walk led by our board president on the Corea Heath trail -- a trail that is in need of some additional funds and volunteering to repair part of the trail that was submerged when beavers added to their dam on the property! If you care about this trail and others, please consider visiting our website or using Facebook's donate button to help repair this trail. Thank you! 😁