Island Heritage Trust takes an annual weekend getaway flight

By Maggie White

Wings, waves of the Island Heritage Trust last weekend returned & Woods Festival, Bird and Bird Celebration, more than 20 events throughout Stonyton and Deer Island from May 20-22. Reason After taking a two-year break Kovid-19, a non-profit organization inviting people to learn from local birds, gardeners, botanists, sea captains and other subject matter on foot, talks, boat trips, food and more.

According to Noel Ruth, who joined IHT Earlier this year, as a military manager, the festival was a way to create excitement and engagement before the start of a full summer tourist season in history. Speak up IHT “The first part of the event was to bring people to support local businesses,” said Julia Zell, executive director of the event.

According to Zel, the event has been going well for more than a decade, with more than half of the participants attending regularly and a healthy percentage (although 50 to 60 percent estimate Zel). IHTPost-event navigation provides some things) It comes from a distance.

Although only a handful of events require pre-registration and attendance — ticketed activities, boat trips, “bird watching” flights, and Saturday evenings — most are free with no booking. It is recommended that a person donate $ 5 per event to cover operating expenses.

Stones, plants and a time of joy

The first physical activity of the festival was a visit led by geologist Anne Hooke on Friday, May 20, through a settlement in Stonington. Hooke shares the story of the famous Deer Aile Granite. (Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy chooses Granite among some celebrities, especially because of her relationship with Rose Feldspar, who lives in Granite, in honor of her late husband and son-in-law.)

Hooke began her talk with a series of scientific charts depicting the geological history of the area, identifying participants for the “snow and ice cover” she traveled through over time, and sharing historical and scientific information — all occasionally with bird views.

Welcome to Good Friday afternoon IHT Val Libby, a former head of landscape architecture and public horticulture professors at Temple University, gave a talk on “Planting for Birds.” An informative discussion by Blue Hill residents included a slide show featuring native plants, trees, and shrubs that should be considered for inviting florists and supporting local birds. The talk ended with a question-and-answer session, and some members of the audience headed for the “night flight” tour.

Early birds and history time

On Saturday, May 21, early birds had a choice of two birds on Deer Island. One of them was inspired by Zel, led by Leslie Clap, president of East Audubon. “I walked with Scott Landing. Our mission is to IHT Isn’t it especially important to protect wildlife, to see the birds, to see their habitat, and to see how many people there are? This is very important. ”

Saturday morning sacrifices continue with more bird trips. After seating in the morning, participants can take a “bird-watching” flight or take a nap with the lighthouse Cruz. Zel was especially pleased with the afternoon story with Captain Garrett Aldrich on the Isle au Haut mailboat Otter. Aldrich read Maine Children’s Book’s Chris Van Dussen Circus Ship.

“We’re trying to include more events like this,” Zel said. “It was a community effort and the local families might feel that the event was for them.” Saturday concludes with a dinner featuring keynote speaker Laura Suomi-Lake.

Sunday’s list includes additional bird and nature walks and Pellagix and Euphine Cruz. Overall, Zel said, “The whole festival feels really bright. Gather together again and respect these things that are most important to us. It was great ”

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