Day in the Life of a MCC Field Crew [Video]

Last month Reggie Clark’s team was in the Vaughan Woods Homestead in Hallowell, Maine. This video is a representation of some of the work they did on the property.

[UPDATE]:

During the month of June we announced the American Great Outdoors Month. We wanted to follow up with the activities of our members during National Trails Day on Saturday, June the 6th. On this day our members Jordan Tate and Hannah Colbert took part in events at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. The events for that day included trail walks, volunteer trail maintenance with Ranger Michael Frey, and a talk on Leave No Trace presented by Hannah.

At Vaughan Woods State Park our Environmental Steward, Wesley Ham, and park staff took part in educational tours and walks on History and Natural Science at Vaughan Woods State Park and its sister park, Fort McClary.


This post written, filmed and prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator, Editing and proofreading
  • Jordan Tate: AmeriCorps Member & MCC Environmental Steward
  • Wesley Ham: AmeriCorps Member & MCC Environmental Steward

The New England Cottontail Rabbit

NEC historic RangeOver the past few decades, Maine’s only native rabbit, the New England Cottontail has experienced major population declines. Historically, the Cottontail’s range included eastern New York, all of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, southern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. This range has decreased by about 86% since 1960. Today, the remaining Cottontails are found in only five small, disconnected populations within the historic range. The New England Cottontail is listed as endangered in Maine and New Hampshire and is under consideration for federal listing under the Endangered Species Act. In Maine, current estimates place the New England Cottontail population at about 250-300 individuals.

The Cottontail’s decline is due to the fact that it is a habitat specialist. New England Cottontails need young forests and shrublands for food and cover. The reforestation of New England over the past century combined with development has been the biggest cause of habitat loss/fragmentation and population decline. The Cottontail thrived when disturbances, such as beaver activity, storms, wildfires, and agricultural land-clearing were more common. Within 10 to 25 years after such an event, these areas would become prime habitat for the rabbits as shrub thicket and young forest was generated. Nowadays, natural disturbances like these are suppressed as a part of human development.

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Photo by Tom Barnes

Although New England Cottontail populations have a long road to recovery, a lot is being done to help them out. In fact, at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, work to rehabilitate the New England Cottontail is a year round affair. This includes removing mature trees, creating brush piles, planting native shrubs, controlling invasive plants, and more.

During the winter months, refuge employees seek out suitable habitat and attempt to find signs of Cottontails in the snow. The best time to find Cottontail tracks is a day after a snow fall. In addition to tracks, other signs include twigs gnawed at a 45° angle and brown pellet-shaped droppings which stand out in contrast to the snow. In the spring and summer, Maine’s New England cottontail restoration coordinator, Kelly Boland, meets with landowners and discusses plans to convert land to early successional forest or thicket habitats. Spring is also the time to work in the refuge greenhouse to propagate and grow native shrubs to plant in areas to rebuild and sustain shrubland habitat. In the fall the plants grown in the greenhouse are planted in fields or other suitable sites.

For More information on the New England Cottontail please visit:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Management Guide For Land Owners


This article was written and prepared by:

 Liz Deletetsky: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Environmental Steward at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Greg Mulcahy: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Environmental Steward at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Thanks to Tom Barnes and Kelly Boland who provided photographs.


Currently the Maine Conservation Corps has two Environmental Stewards at the Refuge. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge hosts volunteer events on the third Friday of every month and our Stewards are active participants. If you’re interested in volunteering, please feel free to contact, Dylan Cookson, at Dylan.Cookson@maine.gov or call me at 207-624-6092.

Jake Head, June Volunteer of the Month!

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“He’s been volunteering with us since Wednesday and stayed through Friday; [he] is likely to come back to help us again next week!  He’s a real trooper! Works very hard and never complains.  Already feels like a member of our crew!”

Jake is 16 years old and is from Bowdoin Maine. He enjoys being a part of a team and is a lover of the outdoors. In his spare time he likes fishing and four-wheeling. Jake attends Mount Ararat High School where he maintains a place on the school’s honor roll and plays football, basketball and lacrosse.

MCC loves having volunteers of all ages! If you’re interested in joining one of our teams for a few days, please feel free to contact me, Dylan Cookson, at Dylan.Cookson@maine.gov or call me at 207-624-6092.

This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator


This article was written and prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator, Editing and proofreading
  • Chantelle Hay: MCC Trail Crew Leader
  • Tammy: Jake’s mother

Water Water Everywhere but Treat Before You Drink!

Hiking soaring mountains, camping near crystal blue lakes, and enjoying a meal under a green canopy of trees are staples of the Maine outdoor experience. One thing that is easy to take for granted when surrounded by the soaring majesty of natural beauty is your own health and safety.

Backpacking can be physically demanding; when engaged in strenuous physical activity it is important to stay hydrated. Like any other kind of intense exercise, you need water to keep your muscles limber, balance your body fluids, and replace what you lose through perspiration. A good rule of thumb, according to L.L. Bean Outdoors Online, is to carry three quarts of water for each hiker, per day.

If you happen to be camping, and expect to be gone for more than a couple of days, it can be difficult and impractical to transport all of the water you need for the duration. Maine has abundant natural sources of water nearly everywhere you might go. You may be tempted to replace your water from a babbling brook or from a lake. However, doing so may put you in contact with harmful pathogens.

Surface waters can be contaminated with parasites, viruses, and bacteria. In Maine, people have been known to contract Backcountry diarrhea; a common name for illnesses such as Giardia and Cryptosporidiosis. Giardia is known to cause severe diarrhea, gas, severe abdominal cramps, dehydration, and nausea. Cryptosporidiosis is also known for similar symptoms but can also cause fever and weight loss. The parasite that causes it, Cryptosporidium, is also known for being highly resistant to chlorine treatments, like bleach. Other pathogens are attributed to backcountry diarrhea including E. Coli. If left untreated these illnesses can be life threatening and are also a source of great discomfort while traveling in the back country.

Before drinking water from the trail there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself:

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The oldest and most time tested method for treating water from the outdoors is to boil it before you drink it. Extreme heat will kill most any pathogen and boiling water is easy with a camp fire and some common cook ware. Heat the water until you have a brisk rolling boil and cool before drinking.

Chemical Treatments

Chemicals can be used to sanitize water as well. Bleach and Iodine are the most common chemicals to use. When treating water with bleach, which is a chlorine compound, add two drops of bleach per quart of water and stir for 15 minutes before drinking. Iodine can be purchased in dissolving tablets like Polar Pure: one of these tablets can treat 1 quart of water after being allowed to dissolve for 15 minutes.

CAUTION: Only use chemical treatments in recommended ammounts. Bleach and Iodine can be toxic in large quantities.

CAUTION: Chemical treatments aren’t perfect. As stated above Cryptosporidium is highly resistant to chlorine based treatments.

Filtering

Currently, there are a wide variety of sanitizing water filters available for outdoor recreation. Some of the more common designs include bag filters and small hand pump filters. These filters allow you to refill water bottles and canteens from natural sources while excluding harmful microorganisms. This is one of the most convenient ways to refill water on the run or just before leaving camp in the morning.

Taking a few simple precautions is all that is needed to keep yourself and your friends safe when enjoying the beauty of the Maine Wilderness.


This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator

Camden Hills State Park gets a New Bridge!

Camden Hills State Park lies just north of Camden, Maine. It is picturesque woodland with rolling hills, rocky slopes, and scenic vistas. From on top of Mount Battie there are matchless views of Penobscot Bay, its Islands, and the City of Camden. On May 30th trail crew leader Chantelle Hay and her trail team began a bridge building project on the Jack Williams Trail at Camden Hills State Park. The lumber for the new bridge was dropped off at the parking area outside the Nature Trail.

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The team was joined by several volunteers including Chantelle’s own parents, Alicia and Brandon Moreau from Whitefield, Maine. Also among the volunteers present were four AmeriCorps Alumni, including Carmen DeMartis, Laura Fringes, and Laura Biren. All three of these outstanding young women have previously served with the Maine Conservation Corps. They were also accompanied by another AmeriCorps Alumnus formerly with the Southwest Conservation Corps.

The hike to reach the Jack William’s trail is not particularly long or challenging on a regular day. On this day however, Chantelle’s team and her volunteers were surmounting forest trails and rocky slopes while carrying varying lengths of pressure treated lumber.

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Carmen DeMartis MCC Alumnus

The volunteers took two trips in four hours. On their first trip they carried 12 foot boards for the bridge frame to the work site. After returning to the parking lot they stopped for a lunch break and finished off their task by carrying up planks for the bridge’s decking.  Once the materials were transported to the site, Chantelle’s Field Team bid the volunteers a thankful goodbye and set to work completing the bridge.

Chantelle and her team have since finished their project: as of the end of their second hitch with Camden Hills State Park, they have a completely built bridge. We at the Maine Conservation Corps would like to thank our volunteers for their sweat and tears, and congratulate Chantelle and her team for completing their project. Thanks to all of you, our friends at Camden Hills State Park have a brand new bridge that will last for years to come!


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This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator
  • Chantelle Hay: MCC Field Crew Leader who provided photographs

June is American Great Outdoors Month!

This month, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage joined President Obama and 49 other Governors in declaring June 2015 Great Outdoors Month. This month-long celebration is meant to bring people together into the great outdoors and encourage natural stewardship. Great Outdoors Month includes several different celebrations by various agencies all across the country: there are sure to be many more activities, but see below for a sampling of all the great activities going on Nationwide.

This year, National Trails Day took place on June 6th and was organized by the American Hiking Society. National Trails Day was first established in 1993 and is a nationwide celebration of America’s Trail system that takes place on the first Saturday of every June. Organizations all across the country sign up with the American Hiking Society and organize events on their lands and trails. The event is meant to encourage appreciation for and stewardship of America’s trail system.

National Get Outdoors Day takes place on June 13th and is a project of Get Outdoors USA!. The event has a long list of partners including federal agencies, private corporations, and non-profits. Their goal is to reach out to first time visitors to public lands and youth and encourage greater participation in outdoor recreation.

On June 19th, our friends at The Corps Network will be hosting the Great Outdoors Day of Service in the Nation’s Capital. Participants will start their day at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and will have the opportunity to do various service projects around Washington D.C.’s parks and landmarks. The event will host several guest speakers, including the Corporation for National & Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. This will be the second annual Great Outdoors Day of Service: The Corps Network started this tradition in recognition of Great Outdoors Month in 2014. Those not in the area of Washington D.C. are encouraged to participate in volunteer service in their local areas and sharing photos of their activities on social media.

The National Wildlife Federation will be organizing the Great American Campout on June 27th. For each person that pledges to campout on this date, the National Wildlife Federation will receive $1 from their sponsors in support of ongoing efforts to protect America’s great outdoors. Those who make the pledge can spend the night under a tent in their own backyard, in RVs, cabins, or treehouses anywhere in the country that camping is allowed.

Maine Conservation Corps Members organized and participated in events on National Trails Day this past weekend. A followup to this article will appear in a future blog.


This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator

May Volunteer of the Month 2015

The Maine Conservation Corps is happy to announce that May’s Volunteer of the Month is Paige Le Duc of Mount Desert Island, Maine. She was nominated by Anna Farrell an Environmental Steward at Mount Desert Island Biological Labs.

Anna had this to say about Paige: “Paige is a junior at MDI High School. She has been volunteering with the Community Environmental Health Lab for many years. Paige is willing to help out with anything, from collecting eelgrass in chilly, May waters, to making grids and filling sandbags. She recruits other volunteers, and works efficiently and well. We couldn’t do it without Paige!”


This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator
  • Anna Farrell: MCC Environmental Steward

Ticked in Maine

An issue of increasing importance to Maine’s outdoorsy residents is ticks. Maine is home to several species of ticks; two of these, dog and deer ticks, will feed on humans fairly commonly and are often picked up during outdoor activities. The following information is summarized from the Maine CDC and University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s website (links below).

Dog ticks are more commonly found in open fields and lawns than other tick species due to being more resistant to dehydration. Dog ticks are known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever but there has never been a case confirmed to have been contracted in Maine.

Deer ticks also feed on humans, and are known to carry several diseases, the most common of which is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a very serious infection and can cause partial paralysis, fatigue, joint pain and neurological impairments if left untreated. Early infections can potentially be diagnosed by a bull’s-eye shaped rash, fever, migraines, and fatigue. Deer ticks are most common near the coast and in southern Maine, however their range has been extending northward and they have been found in northern Aroostook County.

There are several steps you can use to prevent ticks from attaching themselves to your person. First off avoid areas with thick tall grass and stick to the centers of trails in areas where ticks are common. The Maine CDC makes other recommendations for avoiding tick-borne infections on their Prevention of Tick-Borne Disease page.

  • Wear light colored clothes
  • Tuck pant legs into socks so that sticks cannot crawl into your pants
  • Use DEET based repellents on clothes (Avoid ingestion or direct contact with skin).
  • Permethrin based repellents can be applied to clothes and will last several days

Most importantly you should check yourself for ticks on a daily basis. Ticks must be attached for at least 24 hours before transmitting Lyme disease. Checking every day and removing any ticks you find will more than likely prevent you from contracting the illness. Ticks can be removed by tweezers but at the Maine Conservation Corps we prefer to use brand tick removal spoons. These little plastic spoons can be easily attached to key chains and we often pass them out at career fairs.

Here are some instructions on how to remove a tick with these little spoons:

20150519_143931Once the tick has been isolated, is clearly visible and free from obstruction:

  • Place the wide part of the notch on the skin near the tick (hold skin taut if necessary).
  • Applying slight pressure downward on the skin.
  • Slide the remover forward so the small part of the notch is framing the tick.

Continuous forward sliding motion detaches the tick.

For more information on ticks check out Maine’s ticks check out the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s website. For more on Lyme disease please visit the Maine CDC’s website.


This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Krista Rogers: MCC Community Leader and Environmental Steward Program Coordinator
  • Sara Maloney: MCC Field Crew Member who provided the tick featured in this articles photographs.

Bog Bridge

Maine can be a very wet state- we are famous for our lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. All of these places are very big parts of Maine culture and contribute to the appeal of our natural landscape. Less well remembered are our bogs, our mud holes, and the wet areas that hikers sink into during their travels.
Water is always a concern for building trails in Maine. On slopes, water bars and grade dips are used to slow erosion. In low areas trails need to be built so that hikers can comfortably traverse through wet areas. One of the simplest trail structures one can build is a Bog Bridge.

Bog bridges are a quick, easy way to make a good walking surface in a wet area. They have some disadvantages; they won’t last as long as stone or gravel, but they can be built from wood in areas where stone is not available or where gravel would wash away. Since 2011, the Maine Conservation Corps has been responsible for the construction of more than 19,000 feet of bog bridging throughout the state of Maine.

Bog bridges are built with sills and stringers. Sills rest on the ground and support the stringers. The stringers are staked to the sills and provide the walking surface. The dimensions of the building materials affect how well the bridge wears: sills need to be large enough to provide buoyancy in moist soils but small enough so that the bridge is not difficult to step up onto. Stringers need to be thick enough so that they do not flex when an adult hiker is walking on them. If they flex too much they may be prone to breaking after a few seasons.

It is important to use wood from species that are more resistant to rotting. Cedar is best because it can last for more than two decades in wet conditions without succumbing to rot.  Hemlock and Red Spruce are good options too and can last more than 12 years.

Here are some photos of some of the Maine Conservation Corps more recent bog bridging projects.

Photos are from Deidrah Stanchfield, VCL Training Coordinator

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This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to the article made by:

  • Deidrah Stanchfield: Community Leader Training Coordinator and MCC/AmeriCorps Alumna who provided photographs

Content derived from instructions written by Lester Kenway

Feathers Over Freeport

Henry David Thoreau once said: “The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever!”

Naturalists and recreationists celebrate every year when springtime returns to Maine. Spring brings the return of warm weather, deer come out of their wintering grounds, smaller animals wake from their torpor, and migratory birds return from their seasonal homes in the south. ‘Feathers over Freeport’ is the first birding festival of the year in Maine and takes place on the last weekend in April. This year Hannah Colbert, a MCC Community Leader hosted at Wofe’s Neck Woods State Park, had the opportunity to take part in Maine’s celebration of the return of our feathered neighbors at ‘Feathers Over Freeport.’

Feathers Over Freeport is held at Wolf’s Neck Woods and Bradbury Mountain State Parks, and is cosponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, and Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Bradbury hosted Saturday’s events and Hannah was there for the day to help organize the event and run some of the activities.

First thing in the morning, Hannah joint-lead a children’s bird walk with Janet Mangione of Ferry Beech State Park. The walk took a group of children and their families around the trails next to the parking area. She and Janet did a good job of keeping the children engaged, often shifting the focus when the children started getting restless.

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Hannah and Janet address parents and kids before the walk.

The kids were bright and enthusiastic; they often competed with each other to see who could answer a question the fastest. Using photos and plush bird toys, Hannah and Janet gave kids a look at any bird they didn’t get to see up close, and quizzed them on the names of birds using photographs. Live and recorded bird calls and wild nests in trees were also used as teaching aids for the crowd of youngsters.

After the tour, Hannah spent the rest of the day teaching kids about the materials at the bird table display.  She said: “I like interpreting the bird table for the kids. There’s a lot of really interesting stuff over there: the eggs and the bird calls and the ’What’s It’ boxes.” A ‘What’s It’ box is frequently used for interpretive programs in Maine. It is a box that has a folding lid with a hole and a rubber curtain. Children then reach inside and try to guess what object they are feeling. The ‘What’s-It Boxes’ at Hannah’s table contained feathers, gummy worms, and a replica of an egg. There were other materials at the table including some props related to bird anatomy and biology, for instance a skull from an Osprey. “The skull is always popular.” Hannah said.

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Park system staff were very busy organizing the weekend’s events. In addition to the activities and workshops, attendees were treated to free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and coffee from Birds & Beans®. Birds & Beans® is a company that produces coffee certified to be bird friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. After co-leading the bird-walk with Hannah, Janet helped the program wherever she could. She engaged kids at the interpretive bird tables and served ice cream. This was Janet’s third or fourth year attending Feather’s Over Freeport. She was enthusiastic about the program and the smile never faded from her face the entire morning.

Derek and Jeanette Lovitch are the owners of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, and are also a pair of experienced birders. They have been leading Hawk watching programs at Bradbury for years. Derek has been bird watching for as long as he can remember, while Jeanette began just after graduating college while working as a biologist in Colorado. Feathers Over Freeport has its origins five years ago, when Derek was having a conversation with park management. “After the parks had an idea for a ‘bird day,’ I suggested we broaden the scope of the event and it just began to snowball from there.” Derek said. The couple leads and organizes workshops for hawk watching and bird walks at the event.

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I really wanted to see that bird.

Fritz Applebee and Andy Hutchinson are the Park Managers of Bradbury Mountain and Wolfe’s Neck Woods, respectively. Andy, was in charge of organizing children’s activities and the volunteers and staff that help make the event happen. He had Teresa Torrance from the Maine Coastal Program helping the kids at the free-form arts table. Andy also commented that the program had “Gary Best, the Assistant Regional Supervisor for Southern Region Parks building bird houses. That’s pretty cool, helping kids build bird houses they can take home with them.”

Gary Best was pleased with the bird house activity: “It was a great way for the kids to learn about habitat for wildlife right in their back yard and improve [that] habitat.” The kids’ painting station was placed beside the station for building bird houses for the first time; it gave the kids the chance to paint the bird houses before bringing them home. Gary commented:“[It] was really rewarding, and I’m sure the kids had a great time too.”

Fritz revealed that the bird houses were his favorite activity. He also had encouraging words about the event’s attendance, which has grown since the festival started in 2010. “We have seen the activity pick up. There is a lot of interest in it this year. . . . I think we are having a very good turnout… Word is getting out.” He noted.

When speaking of plans for future years, Derek said he wished to continue growing the event. This was the first year that Leica Sport Optics had been involved in the event. They co-sponsored the hawk watch and displayed some of their products. “They have some ideas for next year as well, so we look forward to that, and always, adding some new and different events and workshops.  Personally, I would like to explore the possibility of re-adding a Saturday evening Keynote presentation as we did in the first two years of Feathers over Freeport.”

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Wind Over Wings

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Aiden the Kestrel

A very special event happened in the early afternoon on both the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. At 1 pm a crowd gathered around the picnic tables. Most of the programs attendants were present, holding cameras anxiously waiting for the event to begin. A presentation was being given by Wind Over Wings, a nonprofit wildlife education organization based in Dresden, Maine. Wind Over Wings houses and cares for birds with debilitating injuries. They run education programs and presentations with these birds as their Keynotes.

Each of the birds in Wind Over Wing’s program have had to overcome great personal hardships; most were severely injured due to human activity: Tansy the Eastern Screech Owl lost one of her eyes in a car collision; Aiden, the American Kestrel, suffered severe head trauma in 2012 and has a displaced lens in his left eye.

The two most impressive birds were Chaplin the Red-Tailed Hawk and Skywalker the Golden Eagle. The birds were much larger than their little companions. While Aiden and Tansy perched on their presenters fingers, Chaplin perched on the wrist of a gloved hand. Hope Douglas, President of Wind Over Wings, had to support her hand with a cane while holding Skywalker.

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Skywalker the Eagle

Chaplin and Skywalker share a similar history: Chaplin was accidently shot on a shooting range. and Skywalker was shot out of the sky by an unnamed poacher. Chaplin’s wing healed improperly and he is unable to fly more than a few feet at a time. Skywalker had to have his entire injured wing amputated and is unfortunately permanently unable to fly.

At first, SkyWalker was highly suspicious of people. During his recovery however, he began approaching the staff of Wind Over Wings and showing signs of curiosity. Over time he developed a special rapport with Hope Douglas. She demonstrated their personal connection by singing to Skywalker in front of the crowd and to everyone’s delight, Skywalker sang back. Every few verses of Hope’s song about friendship, Skywalker would open his beak and produce a soft Eagle cry. Hope commented on how Skywalker’s story tends to resonate with people. During a presentation at a Special Olympics event a child jumped up and exclaimed: “He’s just like me!”

The crowd was very energized and eagerly took pictures of the feathered visitors. One man from the audience commented that he had attended ‘Feathers Over Freeport’ before and that the presentation from Wind Over Wings was always his favorite part. The birds arrived and departed in wooden carrying cases with affixed brass name tags. Wind Over Wings was scheduled to present again on Sunday at Wolfe’s Neck Woods.


This Post Written and Prepared by Dylan Cookson: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Volunteer and Outreach Corrdinator

Contributions to made by:

  • Hannah Colbert: AmeriCorps Member and MCC Environmental Steward with DEP Volunteer River Monitoring
  • Gary Best: Assistant Regional Supervisor for Maine’s Southern Region Parks
  • Fritz Applebee: Park Manager of Bradbury Mountain State Park
  • Andy Hutchinson: Park Manager of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
  • Derek and Jeanette Lovitch: Owners of Freeport Wild Bird Supply
  • Janet Mangione: Park Ranger of Ferry Beech State Park
  • Whitney Bushey: MCC/AmeriCorps Alumna who provided photographs for this post

An AmeriCorps State Program