Georgetown, Maine

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Coastal Guide

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Events

Dave Polito to speak about Georgetown’s Invasive Plants

Barberry, bittersweet, knotweed and thistle: how to manage them and why that’s important.

May 21, 7 p.m., Georgetown Historical Society

Tick Group Meeting

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

May 21, 2 p.m., 1119 Five Islands Road (Col/Arledge residence)

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’ll need some help with trail clean up at Ipcar and Round the Cove Preserves following this winter.  Contact us at conserve04548@gmail.com

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 Emerging Now (Early May)

If you see the tiny caterpillars massing on their winter webs you can still destroy them in soapy water.  On the upside this wet miserable spring weather we’re having is bad for them too — good for the fungus and bacteria that’s a natural insecticide.  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.

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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