Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach continues an exciting series of beach explorations in August. On Friday, Aug. 3, from 1-3 p.m., one can join this amazing beach exploration to find out why there is no such bird as a seagull. Learn about remarkable and beautiful local seabirds with Seabird Sue. Take a guided walk to observe seabirds at the beach, study bird behavior, and do some sketching. Seabird Sue will bring binoculars, clipboards, and sketch paper.
Seabird Sue is also known as Sue Schubel, assistant sanctuary manager, outreach educator, and decoy project manager for the Project Puffin/National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program.
On Friday, Aug. 10, from 1-3 p.m., one can come to the fun-filled beach exploration called “Lobster Tales.” Find out amusing facts about Maine’s favorite sea creature, the lobster. Kristina Hamrin, marine biologist and the co-owner of a commercial fishing vessel, has researched and harvested lobsters and has many stories to share. There will be a live lobster, along with a trap and some basic commercial fishing gear. The event is for all ages, but children under age 8 should be accompanied by an adult. It will be canceled if it rains.
Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center is a collaborative effort between Pemaquid Watershed Association and the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission. To reach the center at Pemaquid Beach from Damariscotta, take onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel nine-tenths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park. For a complete schedule of Beachcombers’ Rest Beach Exploration programs, go to pemaquidwatershed.org or stop by the Pemaquid Watershed Association office to pick up a printed schedule, at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The beach falso features Touch Tank Tuesdays, courtesy of the university of Maine’s Darling Marine Center.
PWA is a nonprofit land trust that is committed to stewardship and education, clean water, public access to natural places with preserves open for low-impact recreation, and the protection of the beauty of the communities along the Pemaquid River system. For more information about PWA and Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center, go to pemaquidwatershed.org, visit the office, or call 563-2196.