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Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 28, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, March 28, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, March 28, 2019
Blue Hill Heritage Trust to host annual lecture and hike series

Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host its Annual Spring Conservation Lecture Series throughout April, with the addition of a hike paired with each lecture topic. According to a news release, topics will cover citizen science research and a partnership with the Schoodic Institute, managing your forest for wildlife, and the history of the granite quarries of East Blue Hill.

Lecture & Hike #1 will cover signs of spring, with a lecture on Tuesday, April 2, featuring the Schoodic Institute. Join Schoodic Institute’s Hannah Webber and Libby Orcutt for a presentation on the Schoodic Institute’s Downeast Phenology Trail and Citizen Science initiative researching migratory patterns of birds and their food source as the climate changes, a collaboration with several land trusts across Downeast Maine.

Then join BHHT Volunteer and Maine Master Naturalist Susan Guilford for a guided “Signs of Spring” hike on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry. The preserve is a part of the Schoodic Institute’s Downeast Phenology Trail Network.

Lecture & Hike #2 will be all about wildlife habitat lecture with a lecture on Managing your forest for wildlife on Tuesday, April 16. Join Sandy Walczyk, Conservation Forest Manager for BHHT, for a discussion and presentation on the forest management techniques that can be used to improve and protect wildlife habitat in our local forest.

Then join Walczyk for a guided walk in Kingdom Woods Conservation Area in Blue Hill on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. Learn about the various wildlife habitats on this property and how various management practices might affect or improve them.

Lecture & Hike #3 will be on the history of the granite quarries of East Blue Hill. Join Bob Slaven on Tuesday, April 30, for a presentation on the history of Chase Granite Company of East Blue Hill—then and now. Slaven will discuss what was a thriving granite industry in East Blue Hill, illustrated with historic and current photos of the quarries, railway, maps and more.

Then join BHHT trail stewards Jo Barrett and Bob Sullivan for a guided hike to BHHT’s very own granite quarries from the competing company up the hill on the trust’s new trail on Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at Penny’s Preserve off the East Blue Hill Road. Attendees are asked to arriave and park at the Peters Cove lot.