Annual Merrymeeting Bay
Saturday, May 23rd, 10:00am-2:00pm
Abagadasset Point, Bowdoinham, ME
Removing an abandoned smelt camp.
This month, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB)
kicks off its Outside! 2015 series with a chance
to get some sun and clean an important local
landscape. On Saturday, May 23rd from
10:00am-2:00pm, volunteers of all ages will
convene for FOMB's Annual Spring Cleanup of the
Merrymeeting Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on
Abbagadassett Pt. in Bowdoinham.
Participants will scour the shores for trash and
debris and remove it for recycling. Classes,
churches, and social groups of all kinds are
welcome to attend. Kids are encouraged to take
part so they have a chance to experience the Bay
firsthand and learn the importance of
Merrymeeting Bay is the confluence of six rivers,
forming a tidal riverine inland delta draining
nearly 40% of Maine. Trash removal helps keep
fragile habitat vibrant, healthy, and safer for
the native bird, plant, and fish species, many of
which are endangered or threatened.
In previous cleanups, dedicated FOMB volunteers
have removed common trash items like bottles,
shoes, and fishing lures, as well as larger items
like tires and smelt shacks. Cleanup efforts
assist with FOMB's mission to protect and improve
the quality of life in this area through
conservation, research, education, and advocacy.
The event will take place at low tide, so
volunteers are encouraged to dress accordingly for
the mud. Boots, gloves, and drinking water are
necessary, as well as what you will need to stay
comfortable in the sun (suntan lotion, hat,
sunglasses, insect repellant).
Pre-registration is required. Please contact
Kathleen McGee, Coordinator/Organizer at 666-3598
Visit www.fomb.org to see full event schedules,
become a member, and learn more about how you can
help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.
Friends of Merrymeeting Bay: Celebrating 40 Years!