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Welcome to the Friends of Taunton Bay Web Site

Photo by John Sowles, November, 2011
click on photo to see the panoramic view

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Friends of Taunton Bay/ Frenchman Bay Conservancy 

Joint 2015 Lecture Series

7:00 p.m. Fridays at Gordon’s Wharf,  Sullivan, Maine 

July 10: Salmon Federation Report: 2015 a Great Year for Smelts. See video of presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hv2SJHZcEQ

July 17: Eric Jones, Botany Professor at UMM: Citizen Science. See video of presentation in March here: https://youtu.be/s1D61osHACY

July 24: Linda Welch, Refuge Biologist, Maine Coastal Islands NWR, Sea Birds of Maine and What They Tell Us about Climate Change. See video of presentation here: https://youtu.be/3M2t4fuVD3Q.

August 14Brynna Golden, COA Intern for Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy – Observations on Frenchman and Taunton Bays. See video of presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOJfGQcc-Kw

August 21Alan Gray, Volunteer in photo archive at Penobscot Maritime Museum (PMM), Ship Building and Shipping in Taunton Bay. See video of presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHLpeEVWgaE

Read: Why Protecting Eelgrass Matters from Ellsworth American May 8, 2015

Check here to find the section of Taunton Bay closed for restoration of shellfish

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

The Weather Station at Gordon’s Wharf is back online

Check it out: click on the link!

Watch the 20-minute presentation by Steve Perrin on the 23-year Retrospective of the Friends of Taunton Bay     CLICK HERE

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

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

Click Here to View the Video Presentation of the 2012 Steve Perrin Award

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)

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)


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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