2017 Ice Cream Social

Kennebunk Land Trust Ice Cream Social

The Kennebunk Land Trust hosted its annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at the Wonder Brook Preserve in Kennebunk. 60+ people joined in the fun. The event offered two ice cream flavors, raspberry chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, as well as guided walks provided by KLT board members and staff. Thank you to all those who attended and to all the volunteers that made this event possible.

 

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017

KLT’s Vice Chair of the Board, Beth Sandmire (left), and KLT’s Secretary of the Board, Mary Bergen (right),  are pictured above at the town’s first Earth Day Celebration. The event took place on Earth Day, April 22nd, and was  hosted by Kennebunk’s Environmental Action Alliance. You can also find us at the town’s  Farmer’s Market’s on most Saturdays or stop by our office located on 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk.

 

Pratt & Whitney Joins KLT For Day of Caring

Day of Caring With Pratt & Whitney: June 2017

Fifteen people volunteered today to participate in United Way’s Day of Caring.  United Way of York County’s Day of Caring takes place across York County and provides individuals and  businesses a chance to get outside and volunteer in their community.

Members from both Pratt & Whitney as well as the Kennebunk Land Trust focused on trail maintenance at four of KLT’s preserves: For All Forever, Butler Preserve/Picnic Rock, Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Secret Garden. The above photo highlights the portion of the Pratt & Whitney team that was out at the For All Forever Preserve.  Thank you to Pratt & Whitney and United Way! Check out our Photo Gallery for more photos of our activities out on the trails!

 

 

Purple Martin Project at The Marx Preserve

Purple Martin Project At Marx Preserve

 Purple Martins are known as some of the  largest swallows in North America. Purple Martins are known to nest in colonies and are particular about selecting their home base. This makes establishing a new colony  difficult without proper consideration and further emphasizes the importance of fostering and sustaining current colonies.  However, the number of colonies in Southern Maine may increase as a result of a project that the  York County Audubon, Fish & Wildlife, and Kennebunk Land Trust established to install a gourd rack on the Trust’s Madelyn Marx Preserve. It is the group’s hope that the gourd rack will assist in establishing a colony in the area.

 Purple Martins commonly feed high above the ground on various types of insects. Historically, Martins were known to live in a tree’s natural cavity making the racks installed at the Marx Preserve a good possible nesting site.

If you are interested in viewing more photos of this project please visit the KLT Photo Gallery. If you would like to learn more about Purple Martins, The York County Audubon website is a fantastic resource.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!

Kennebunk Land Trust hosted a nature walk on Saturday, February 4th at the Alewive Woods Preserve as part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies throughout the state to celebrate being active outside!

Alewive Preserve is located just off Cole Road, 3.5 miles west of Interstate 95 .The preserve boasts over 625 acres of land and a 45-acre pond at its center, and is ideal for mixed recreational uses. Parking is available at the trailhead. The 2.5 miles of trails can be described as easy to moderate in difficulty.

Maine Guide and KLT staff member, Sarah Stanley, and board member and naturalist, Scott Gasperin, lead the walk and provided guidance on the surrounding area. Walkers observed how the history of the area has affected the forest appearance we see today. They saw  red pine plantations which formed as a result of reforestation after the 1947 fire swept the Kennebunk area. Young stands of regrowth were spotted too and “legacy” white pine trees showing fire scars were also a topic of interest. Older dense hemlock stands that were growing in the floodplain along the stream were also observed; these dense hemlocks survived the ’47 fire due to the wetter soil.

The above courtesy photo displays some members of our enthusiastic group as they reached Alewive Pond!

Paint The Town Red- Soup & Snow Stroll

Kennebunk Land Trust Paints the Town Red!

Kennebunk Land Trust, Boulangerie, a Proper Bakery, and Rambler’s Way collaborated to host a Soup and Stroll event at KLT’s Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the end of Water Street just before the treatment plant. The 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River and is convenient to the downtown area. The trail is 3/4th of a mile one way and can be described as an easy to moderate walk.

The stroll took place on February 21st and was a part of Kennebunk &Kennebunkport’s Paint the Town Red Event which occurred throughout the month of February to celebrate the area’s many unique offerings.  KLT staff and board members offered guidance throughout the walk, indicating different species of trees, various animal tracks, and more! Following the stroll,  participants warmed up with a cup of soup at Boulangerie. To promote the red theme associated with Paint the Town Red, Rambler’s Way graciously donated a red men’s and a red women’s shirt which was raffled off at the event.