Bruce Trembly imparts some Swan Island history to our tour group
on Friends of Merrymeeting Bay's annual Swan Island Tour.

Photo Credit to Anne Hammond

Summer Outside 2008

Subject:        Field Trip: Glacial Geology of Merrymeeting Bay

Where:        Meet at Brunswick High School         

When:           Saturday August 9, 2008 8:30am-2pm
Contact:       Ed Friedman, 666-3372 or Misty Gorski, 582-5608
Have you ever wondered about the great forces of continental ice and how this immense weight and scouring agent helped shape the Merrymeeting Bay area? Or what Maine was like eleven thousand years ago as the glacier receded? Or what exactly does the fine sand along the Androscoggin have to do with the coarse gravel deposits along the Kennebec in Dresden? To learn the answers to all these questions and more, join surficial geologist Tom Weddle, a 22 year veteran of the Maine Geologic Survey, and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay [FOMB] for an exciting walk back in geologic time. FOMB Chair Ed Friedman will also be along on the walk to describe land protection efforts in the area.  
This walk/ride trip will include several locations around the Bay. The group will meet at 8:30 am in the front parking area of Brunswick High School. Those with scheduling conflicts may leave the trip at any point. Participants should bring food and water and wear sturdy shoes or boots for walking in brushy, sandy and wet areas. Pre-registration is required for this trip. Please register with trip leader Tom Weddle at 729-6122 or
Merrymeeting Bay, at the junction of 6 rivers drains nearly 40% of Maine and is recognized as an internationally significant resource for its migratory waterfowl, anadromous fish populations including sturgeon and salmon, as well as its bald eagles and rare plants. Friends of Merrymeeting Bay works to protect and improve the Bay through land conservation, education, research and advocacy.
The next summer outing offered by FOMB will be a Swan Island Tour on Saturday August 23 from 1:30-3:30 departing from the State boat launch in Richmond. Trip leader will be FOMB member and President of Friends of Swan Island, Bruce Trembly. Pre-registration is necessary and can be done with Misty Gorski at 582-5608 or .
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