JEFFERSON — Join Hildy Ellis, recently-retired coordinator at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, as she leads participants on a walk along the margins of the bog at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center on Wednesday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“A 220-foot boardwalk extends into the heart of the wetland, making it possible for visitors to interact with a fascinating, but incredibly delicate ecosystem, and to witness the spring explosion of plant life there,” said KLSWCD, in a news release.
The bog biome is an iconic piece of Maine’s natural landscape, according to the District. These wetlands have been forming over millions of years in a completely unique fashion. Much of the flora and fauna found in the bog is distinct to this area and other places like it. The HVNC kettle hole bog is home to many beautiful flowering plants, including several varieties of orchids, and uncommon bird species like the yellow-bellied flycatcher.
Participants should meet at the HVNC gate promptly at 10 am for an easy 10-minute walk to the bog. They are encouraged to dress appropriately for possible buggy conditions, bring binoculars if desired, and leave dogs at home. A $5 donation is requested for non-members. Register at https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/guided-bog-walk-2/.
Midcoast Conservancy is a vibrant regional land trust that works to protect vital lands and waters on a scale that matters and to inspire wonder and action on behalf of all species and the Earth. The organization works throughout the Sheepscot River, Medomak River, and Damariscotta Lake watersheds. Midcoast Conservancy manages over 13,000 acres in 55 preserves and 95 miles of trails, including Hidden Valley, a preserve with cabin and outdoor recreation equipment rentals and a low-impact forestry program. Community members can get involved in the organization’s work as volunteers with water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, fish passage projects, forestry and oyster farming or outdoor recreation and education. For more information, go to www.midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.