Our own Dr. Julie Ellis, intrepid SEANET Director, drove up to Falmouth Maine last week to hold a training for prospective Seanetters at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. Though it was blowing a gale here in New England (the SEANET blogger would like to point out that she lost power for 30 hours), about 30 hardy souls came out to learn about SEANET and how they might help. The group even included a Biology Club from a local high school eager to get started on a beach!
SEANET has already been deluged with follow-up emails requesting beach assignments, and we are very excited to work with our newest volunteers! We are also looking forward to a working with the Friends of Casco Bay and their Citizen Stewards Coordinator, Peter Milholland, who was indispensible in organizing this presentation and getting people to attend.
SEANET also wants to thank Gilsland Farm’s staff naturalist, Eric Hynes, for hosting the meeting, staying late, and being all together most helpful.
SEANET also would like to point out the attendance of Doug Suitor, whom many of you know as our Dead Bird Quiz all time champion. Doug was in attendance with his daughter, who, we are happy to hear, will be starting a beach of her own next to Doug’s! Also at the presentation was long time Seanetter Nancy Schwarzel who came out in the horrible weather and provided a voice of experience from someone familiar with the trials and tribulations of beach walking.
Thanks to all who attended, and welcome to all our new recruits; we look forward to seeing what your beaches turn up!