What do you get when you mix insectivorous plants, volunteers, boardwalks and bonfires? Earth Day, Maine style.
Yesterday, at The Nature Conservancy’s lovely and otherworldly Saco Heath Preserve, a cadre of volunteers descended to celebrate Earth Day. But this wasn’t a simple bird walk!
Here’s a video of the day, from a charming young lady who wields both crowbars and species identification with aplomb.
You see, since Saco Heath is a raised bog, the only way through it is on a 1-mile boardwalk. The wooden boardwalk had become a maintenance headache, so our intrepid stewardship team has been working hard for a few years to replace it. Starting this year, visitors enjoy a a completely new boardwalk of modern, hybrid planks that will better withstand time and the elements.
But yesterday, our brave volunteers helped us begin to get rid of the old boardwalk. These generous (and courageous) folks gathered up the various piles along the way and enjoyed a hot (and permitted) bonfire at the end of day.
Hats off to staff and volunteers for kicking off field season in style.