Welcome to the Friends of Taunton Bay Web Site
Photo by John Sowles, November, 2011
Rock’n Taunton – Children’s Summer Camp:
Be sure to check our Facebook page for any updates!
Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Joint 2016 Evening Lecture Series
7:00 p.m. Fridays at Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, Maine
Click on Topic to View Video of the Talk
July 8 – FTB Members Meeting and report on State of Taunton Bay – Frank Dorsey, Former President, Friends of Taunton Bay
July 15 – Ken Cline, Professor, College of the Atlantic – Paddling the Union River and Frenchman Bay Watersheds
July 22 – Jessica Muhlin, Professor, Maine Maritime Academy – Rockweed reproductive ecology: How two intertidal seaweeds may respond to changing climate
July 29 – Harold Borns, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine – Sea Level Rise and the Ice Age Trail
August 5 – Heather McCargo, Director Wild Seed Project: Grass root seed propagation of native plants
August 12- Aaron Dority, Executive Director Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Bob deForrest, Maine Coast Heritage Trust – Protected Lands in Hancock and Washington Counties
August 19 – Melissa Malmstedt, Director, Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) – What is Happening at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR)
VIDEO RECORDINGS OF PAST FRIENDS OF TAUNTON BAY EVENTS
Friends of Taunton Bay Conference on Citizen Science, April 25, 2015
Presentation of the 2012 Steve Perrin Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ime8PrN-VXw
Salmon Federation Talk, July 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hv2SJHZcEQ
Sea Birds of Maine Talk, July 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M2t4fuVD3Q
FTB Intern Report, August 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOJfGQcc-Kw
Shipping & Shipbuilding on Taunton Bay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHLpeEVWgaE
State of Taunton Bay 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQm_qHIwj0
University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, August 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS1s0tkz0_w&feature=youtu.be
HISTORIAL VIDEO RECORD OF TAUNTON BAY EDUCATION CENTER
(with maps of the Taunton Bay Study)
Taunton Bay Education Center, 2009, Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqghG7ZXvo
Taunton Bay Education Center, 2009, Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OapfDJ5f4cI
The Weather Station at Gordon’s Wharf is back online
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).