Georgetown, Maine

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Coastal Guide

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Events

More on Invasive Plants

Call 442-8400 to register or click on title for link

If you missed Dave Polito’s excellent talk on invasive plants at GHS in May, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is offering two more this summer on bittersweet, knotweed, and others, and how to eradicate them.

Saturday June 8, 10 a.m. Schulten Farm, Woolwich

Saturday, Aug 24, 9:30 a.m., Sewall Woods, Bath

Tick Group Meeting

2019 plans to address tick population and decrease the incidence of tick borne diseases in Georgetown — working group, all welcome. See Resources under Tick Borne Diseases FMI

Tuesday, June 25, 2 – 4 p.m., 1119 Five Islands Road (Col/Arledge residence)

Bonus Antlerless Deer Permits Proposed for Georgetown and Arrowic in 2019

See this message from The Tick Group regarding July 1 comment deadline:

“Please show your support for the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s new rule that aims to restore the deer herd to a healthy size, reduce tick- borne diseases, deer-vehicle collisions, and damage to our forests, indigenous plants, and gardens. The rule establishes Georgetown and Arrowsic as a sub-district Wildlife Management District (WMD) 25a and allows bonus permits that can only be harvested in our sub-district. Please write 1-2 sentences and email it to Georgetowntickgroup@gmail.com no later than June 28. We will combine all of these messages into a single file and email that file to DIF&W, as per their request.

If we work together as a community we should be able to direct most of those bonus permits to local hunters and have a safe and productive hunting season.

The specific rule states:

Subunits and Bonus Antlerless-only Permit Allocations (1) Subunit 25a: 270 permits. The island towns of Arrowsic and Georgetown, bounded by the Kennebec, Back, Sasanoa, and  Sheepscot Rivers in WMD 25. Islands surrounding Arrowsic or Georgetown that are considered  part of WMD 29 are not considered part of subunit 25a

For those of you with limited time, you can write something short and sweet along these lines:

“I support DIF&W’s plan to allow bonus antlerless deer permits in Georgetown and Arrowsic. I live in Georgetown[Arrowsic] and am concerned about the overabundance of deer and its impact on our community and ecosystem.”

You can follow updates on the Tick Committee on Nextdoor Georgetown Island

Thank you,

Nananda Col, on behalf of the Georgetown Tick Committee”

Volunteers Needed

Culvert Project

Can you help Georgetown plan for potential flooding by taking pictures following exceptionally heavy rains?  Volunteers still needed on Robinhood and Jewett Roads for the culvert planning project!  Data will be analyzed by UNH civil and environmental engineering students under the supervision of Professor Nancy Kinner of the Georgetown Conservation Commission in this assessment project begun in 2015 in coordination with our Road Commissioner.  To volunteer or learn more about volunteering, email the team at georgetownculverts2019@gmail.com

On Saturday, April 27 the UNH student engineering team presented their findings so far to Charlie Collins, Road Commissioner, plus members of the Georgetown Conservation Commission and culvert measurement volunteers.  Culvert Project.

Trail Maintenance

Like to be outdoors?  Have a chainsaw (or a handsaw)?   We always need help with trail maintenance at Ipcar and Round the Cove Preserves.  Contact us at conserve04548@gmail.com

We’ll be having a work weekend to replace bog bridging at Round the Cove Preserve in September.  Stay tuned!

Seasonal Notices

Turtles Crossing

Turtles that mated in our wetlands in March and April are now out and about, looking for the best spots to lay their eggs.  Where you see a ‘Turtle Crossing’ sign (this year’s were painted by young Georgetown artists and naturalists over school vacation week), please slow down and watch for turtles.  Five of seven Maine turtle species are ‘of concern’ or higher on the endangered list, so saving the life of even one turtle could be important.Turtles Crossing

Browntail Moth Caterpillars Are Active (Late May/June).  GOOD NEWS, the cold wet spring appears to have encouraged deadly fungus and bacteria to decimate many winter webs in our area.

We are not seeing nearly as many active caterpillars as was expected from the number of winter webs in trees: it looks like fungus and bacteria have done us a huge favor.  There are still active spots in Georgetown where more have survived and are feeding, so the population could make a comeback later in the season, but there is reason for cautious optimism.

Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry published this excellent FAQ sheet:

For a lot more information on browntail moths in Georgetown, click here Browntail Moth

DACF 2019 risk map is on the right:  red indicates severe infestation areas, cross-hatching shows observed defoliation from aerial surveying including Georgetown.

Also lots of great information in this Portland Press Herald article from May 12, 2019:

Deer Ticks Are Out

Remember to check yourself regularly for deer (black-legged) ticks.  The nymphs are tiny, most active in early spring, and may carry five different diseases in the Midcoast.  Wearing Permethrin treated clothing can help repel them.  Tick Borne Diseases

Wood (or dog) tick, left, is much bigger than the deer (or black-legged) tick, right. It’s the deer tick that transmits diseases.

And friendlier arrivals…

Hummingbirds got here last year on April 28th.  Any guesses on this year’s first sighting?

Breaking News!  First reported arrival in Georgetown — May 5, 2019

2019 Coastal and Estuary Water Quality Monitoring Has Begun

Georgetown volunteers will be measuring temperature, salinity, clarity, dissolved oxygen, and pH (acidity) at nine locations around our coastline during biweekly high tides from May through October. Water Quality

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