Farewell to Summer 2015: A Reflection in Photographs
As summer ends and fall begins, the staff of the MLRC would like to thank all of the visitors who came to our programs, stopped in to ask questions, and contributed to our cause. Thanks to you, Summer 2015 was another successful and fun-filled season. Until next year, we will be keeping busy working on the Water Quality Initiative and planning for next summer. Though our hours will change, we will continue to be open to the public year round and will be hosting of variety of exciting programs throughout the fall, winter, and spring.
Here are a few highlights from the MLRC gallery and grounds gathered throughout this past summer.
The vibrant blooming of the Day Lilies were a sign that summer in the Belgrade Lakes region was beginning.
Several families of ducks raised their young in the stream behind the MLRC. These Wood Duck ducklings were a regular sight with the onset of summer.
Eastern Chipmunks regularly scurried up and down the path to the public docks – cheeks loaded with seeds gathered in the gardens.
Many species of butterfly (like this Great Spangled Fritillary) foraged on the variety native and native friendly flowers species in the MLRC buffer garden.
This dedicated crew of Colby students worked on the lakes and in the community as part of the ongoing Water Quality Initiative.
Weekly water quality data collected by Colby students was available to the public in the MLRC gallery and was presented at the weekly farmer’s market.
Visiting artists used the backyard of the MLRC as a muse for their watercolor paintings.
Moments such as these illustrate the diverse use this space sees throughout the year.
Expert Birder, Louis Bevier, taught attendees “birding basics” at the MLRC this July.
Bevier also lead the first MLRC birding outing this summer. Despite rainy weather, a determined group visited the Messalonskee Marsh where we saw this Virginia Rail.
The BRCA’s adopt-a-shoreline program used the gallery as a training space. Property owners were taught how to patrol their shoreline for invasive aquatic plants.
Crowds gathered by the stream for the annual Fourth of July boat parade. Hundreds of visitors stopped in to explore the MLRC and get updates on the ongoing conservation efforts.
We were fortunate to welcome back the students of the New England Music Camp.
We welcomed back Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program for another series of lectures.
Matt Weeks, a presenter with Chewonki delighted visitors with a program on “Owls of Maine”.
Great Horned Owl
A visit from Chewonki means hands-on learning!
This summer the MLRC displayed native fish, invertebrates, and plants in our new Littoral Tank (Pumpkinseed sunfish pictured).
Kathi Wall, Program Director, introduces musician Jud Caswell. Caswell performed as park of the Seven Lakes Concert Series.
There’s no word yet on if the “Long Pond Mermaid” was ever found. Logan will be on the lookout while gathering water quality data this fall!
Dr. Whitney King addressed a room crowded with community members at our Water Quality Community Meeting this August.
As we transition out of summer and into fall, we are preparing a diverse series of programs that we’re excited to share with you. We hope you enjoyed the your summer in the Belgrade Lakes!