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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 31, 2014
Island Heritage Trust events feature sandhill cranes, medicinal plants

Sandhill Cranes and black terns, two of Maine’s rarest bird species, will be the focus of an Island Heritage Trust expedition to the Belgrade area, led by birder and IHT Executive Director Mike Little, Thursday, August 7. A pair of cranes was first spotted in Maine, at Messalonskee Lake, in 1996. Since then, sandhill cranes have returned each year to successfully raise young at the lake, according to a news release. Prior to that time there had been no record of the cranes nesting in Maine.

Plan for an all-day expedition with an approximate two-hour driving time from Deer Isle. Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Heritage House to carpool, and be sure to bring binoculars and your lunch. Call 348-2455 to register.

Join Brighid Doherty, herbalist and gardener, Wednesday, August 6, 10-11:30 a.m., for a walk at the Tennis Preserve. Discover local medicinal plants such as dandelion, yellow dock, burdock and Queen Anne’s lace, and learn how to prepare and use them for everyday health. The walk will proceed rain or shine. Preregistration is requested: 348-2455.

Meet authors Kathie Fiveash and Anneli Carter-Sundqvist at the Heritage House Barn, Tuesday, August 5, 6:30 p.m., as they present a slide-show and book talk. Carter-Sundqvist, homesteader and co-owner of the Deer Isle Hostel, will read from her book, A Homesteader’s Year on Deer Isle. Fiveash, a life-long naturalist who lives on Isle au Haut, has been writing a naturalist column for Island Ad-Vantages since 2010. She will read from her book, Island Naturalist, and answer questions about the stunning natural world of the Maine coast and its islands.

Bring your budding naturalists to the Lily Pond Beach, Tuesday, August 5, 9-10:30 a.m., for IHT’s Frogs, Fish and Friends activity for toddlers (ages 2-4) and pre-K-third grade students (programs for each to run concurrently). Home-schooling mom Malinda Curtis and IHT Environmental Educator Martha Bell will lead an hour of exploring and games. The Friday Craft and Story Time at the IHT Barn from 9 to 11 a.m. features a book about the natural world and an accompanying craft.

Programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public. For registration and additional information, call 348-2455 or visit