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Photo by John Sowles, November, 2011

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Friends of Taunton Bay To Hold Citizen Science Saturday

Friends of Taunton Bay will host a Citizen’s Science Saturday at Gordon’s Wharf on April 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, rain or shine. This free event is open to all. Participants will learn how easy it is to contribute to ongoing research and how useful data is being gathered from non-scientists. Parents and teachers can learn about projects that students might enjoy taking part in.

Vendors’ displays will open at 9:00 AM. Featured speakers will start at 10:00 AM.

  • Hannah Webber, Research and Educational Projects Manager for the Schoodic Institute, will give a general introduction on why citizen-contributed data is important for both research and educational outcomes.
  • Glen Mittlehauser, Executive Director of the Maine Natural History Observatory, will talk about how citizen scientists are contributing to Audubon’s Maine Breeding Bird Atlas project. The project’s first effort is to map distribution and abundance of species in every corner of the state.
  • The developers of Anecdata, a cell phone application to facilitate collection of citizen science data, will show how anyone can create a project on their software and start crowdsourcing environmental data.
  • Other speakers will report on student and non-scientist data collection and use.

Lunch will be available for a free-will donation. Vendors of monitoring equipment and software will demonstrate their wares from 9:30 to 2:00 PM, including a demonstration (weather permitting) of how a small unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) can be used for low-altitude surveys of eelgrass beds.

2018 Citizen Science Poster

FTB Celebration with Past and Present Board Members

October 25, 2017


Click Here to View the 2012 Edition of Taunton Bay Watershed Stewardship Guide



VIDEO RECORDINGS OF FRIENDS OF TAUNTON BAY EVENTS

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

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

Friends of Taunton Bay Conference on Citizen Science, April  25, 2015

Click to view each talk: part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4

Steve Perrin’s Talk 2013: 23 year Retrspective of FTB

Presentation of the 2012 Steve Perrin Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ime8PrN-VXw

Eagles of Taunton Bay 2007 – Charles Todd

Shore Birds of Taunton Bay – Lindsey Tudor, 2007

HISTORICAL 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



Check out the latest Photos and News from and about Taunton Bay Watershed

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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)

Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is present all year.  (Photo by Gerard Monteux)

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seals are frequently seen swimming in the bay and basking on ledges.  (Photo by Gerard Monteux)

Red Fox

We have seen several Red Foxes around the Hancock side of the Bay (photo by Gerard Monteux)

Loon

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).

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