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Photo by John Sowles, November, 2011

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New for 2021: Friends of Taunton Bay Webinar Series

Monday, March 29, 2021: Maine’s Native Amphibians with Paul Powers

Maine’s Native Amphibians are seldom thought of but provide a vital role in the stability of our natural resources as an indicator
species. Through this presentation, Maine Master Naturalist Paul Powers explores the life cycles of amphibians, fun facts about amphibians, amphibian’s seasonal activities, the State Status on Maine’s native amphibians and the importance of Maine’s “Big Night” program. Paul is a professional wildlife photographer and Environmental Educator, who donates many of his works to centers and institutions to promote preservation of our wildlife and raise funds for rehabilitation.
Big Night Brigade Event, Late March or Early April
Join a small group using social distancing, or join Maine’s Big Night effort on your own, to help facilitate the safe passage of frogs and salamanders across roadways during their springtime migration to their breeding grounds. If a night happens to be rainy and +/- 45°F, the odds of a true “big night” happening are high— on these nights immense numbers of migrating amphibians move simultaneously to vernal pools. In a few hours, you may see dozens, even hundreds, of migrating amphibians at the right time at the right place. In cooler conditions, to about 32°F, you may still find amphibians migrating in smaller numbers.
To join one of the small groups (8 max.) register at the link provided below. You will be sent a liability form, where to meet, and how to prepare. Please register at least 3 days before the event. To help with this effort on your own anytime April 1 – April 30, become a certified observer by reading the guide, completing a short test, the liability form, and completing a site adoption form, all provided in this Google Drive Folder. Also go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bignightmaine/

Click Here to read ALL of the Friends of Taunton Bay Newsletters 2002–2020

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

Friends of Taunton Bay Founder, Steve Perrin, died February 19, 2019. Donations are requested to Friends of Taunton Bay. Click Here to read Obituary.


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


(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

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.

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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