The MLRC runs a full schedule of popular cultural and entertainment events which draw residents to the Resource Center where they are exposed to the programs of our conservation partners. From music festivals by the stream to natural history programs complete with live birds of prey, the MLRC offers a wide variety of programing for the visiting public. From June to September, the MLRC hosts the Belgrade Lakes Market on its grounds every Sunday, from 8 to 1 o’clock. Listed below are some of our upcoming events for this year:
May 28th – 8:00 (AM): First Belgrade Lakes Market. The Belgrade Lakes Market will be starting earlier this season to meet popular demand. Sundays in the Village are some the most festive and exciting. This is much to do with the bustling marketplace set up on the MLRC’s grounds. Fresh, organic produce, Maine maple syrup, handcrafted jewelry, and homemade ice cream are available weekly.
June 3rd – 7:00 (AM): Birding in the Messalonskee Marsh. Join us for a morning birding expedition abroad the 30-foot Melinda Ann. As we make our way toward the wetland, we scan the water and skies for loons, ducks, eagles, and osprey. In the marsh itself, participants are treated to sights of Black Terns, Purple Martins, Northern Harrier, and Sandhill Cranes. All spaces for this trip have been reserved.
June 22nd – 7:00: Banned Plants: Maine’s Most Unwanted Plants. Although invasive aquatic plants regularly take the spotlight here in the Belgrade Lakes, invasive plants threaten our native landscapes. Maine is moving forward with efforts to ban a handful of particularly invasive plants. Gary Fish of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture will introduce these unwanted plants and explain how we can combat their spread.
June 29th – 7:00: Opening Night: Pop-Up Natural History Museum. The MLRC will undergo a sudden transformation into a natural history museum! Working with the L.C. Bates museum, the MLRC will be outfitted with specimens of different bird species associated with our lakes. We will host an opening night complete with refreshments. Your donated admission donation supports the maintenance of the specimens.
July 6th – 9:00 (AM): Bloom Watch Training. Calling all citizen scientists! Are you interested in doing your part to monitor cyanobacteria and algal blooms in your lake? Hilary Snook with EPA will teach participants the techniques required to observe and document these microscopic lifeforms that have serious implications for the health of our lakes.
July 11th – 6:30: State of the Loons. If the postcards, t-shits, and other merchandise are any indication, the Common Loon may well be the most popular lake resident. Join us for an update on the state of our state’s loon population from Susan Gallo, head of the Maine Loon Project at Maine Audubon. Learn about what you can do to help loons continue to thrive in our watershed.
July 15th – 7:00 (AM): Annual Loon Count. An integral part of monitoring the health of our loon population is taking the time to census them! Join the annual effort to count both loon adults and chicks on your lake. For more information, contact Susan Gallo.
July 18th – 7:00: Going Native: Landscaping with Maine Natives. Did you know that planting native plants is one the best ways we can protect water quality and promote wildlife habit? Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project will lead a workshop on how to cultivate these plants on your property. Seeds will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Association.
July 20th – 8:00 (AM): LakeSmart Volunteer Training. The Belgrade Lakes Watershed is home to the country’s most robust LakeSmart program. Each year, trained volunteers visit their neighbors and offer advice on how they can make their property more lake-friendly. Demand is high and volunteers are needed! Come for this fun and informative workshop. Preregistration with the Maine Lakes Society is required.
July 27th – 3:00: Classical Suite on Mill Stream: A New England Music Camp Recital. An annual treat here at the resource center, the talented students of the New England Music Camp play a suite of classical pieces. Each year we are surprised by these student’s mastery of their respective instrument.
August 1st – 7:00: An Evening with Bernd Heinrich: Naturalist and Author. We are delighted to announce that the acclaimed naturalist and author, Bernd Heinrich, will joining us for an evening to talk about his life observing the natural world: from ravens to owls to bees and much more! Bernd, who has authored more than 20 books, will sign books following his lecture. Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Association.
August 3rd – 7:00: Pacific Crest Trail: A City Girl Walks from Mexico to Canada. Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker turned author, Anne O’Regan, will tell the tale of her journey from the Mexican border all the way north to Canada – all 2,650 miles. Anne will have copies of her book, Tamed, for sale and signing after the lecture.
August 8th – 3:00: Owls of Maine. Back by popular demand, Chewonki will return to present Owls of Maine. Attendees will get to meet a number of live, non-releasable owls native to our state. This event is very popular and we recommend that families come early to secure a seat! Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Association.
Our programming is free of charge unless specified otherwise. Donations to promote the continuation of our programs are always accepted and appreciated.