Welcome to the Friends of Taunton Bay Web Site
Watch the 20-minute presentation by Steve Perrin on the 23-year Retrospective of the Friends of Taunton Bay CLICK HERE
Check out the new Blog Page to report and view recent observations
The Taunton Bay region in coastal Hancock County includes Hog and Egypt Bays, Carrying Place Inlet to the U.S. Route 1 Bridge, and Taunton River to the protruding rock ledge at Tidal Falls, where it joins Frenchman Bay. It is bordered by the towns of Franklin, Hancock, and Sullivan and passes under U.S. Route 1 at the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge. In the past it was the site of Native American ceremonies, Christian baptisms, ship building, copper and silver mining, timber harvesting, and stone quarrying. The region is rich in history, wildlife, scenic beauty, and is the source of income for many residents of the area.
The Friends of Taunton Bay (FTB), a grass roots organization founded in 1990, has been primarily engaged in research, publishing a newsletter, and hosting two annual educational forums for the community regarding the Taunton Bay region.
The Taunton Bay Education Center promotes understanding about the Taunton Bay ecosystem by providing a facility for displaying maps and other information about the bay, an archive of research data about the bay, and a meeting room for educational activities and for use by other groups.
We are grateful to the Maine Community Foundation for grants that have helped us develop our programs, to the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources and RSU 24 for contracts to provide research and educational programs, and to our many contributors!
In addition to humans, here are some of the notable “residents” of Taunton Bay (click on photos to see full size)
The Bald Eagle is present all year. (Photo by Gerard Monteux)
Harbor Seals are frequently seen swimming in the bay and basking on ledges. (Photo by Gerard Monteux)
We have seen several Red Foxes around the Hancock side of the Bay (photo by Gerard Monteux)
Loons in Maine are found in both fresh water lakes and Taunton Bay (photo by Gerard Monteux
We are grateful to the Maine Community Fund for helping fund the creation of this Web site and the Taunton Bay Watershed Stewardship Guide with a grant in 2011 (www.mainecf.org).