Now Available: Teacher Materials for 2020 Theme Where Would We BEE without Pollinators?

Download the materials for the National Association of Conservation Districts 2020 Theme on pollinators here. The District has a limited supply of printed copies, so please contact us to request these if you are ready to teach this theme, or would like to talk to our staff teacher about teaching about pollinators. We will be sending a sample packet of these materials and other resources to all K-8 teachers in Waldo County (look for yours in late October), and you can also request a packet from us on the contact form.

If you would like to participate in the 2020 poster contest on pollinators, see this link for more information, and contact us to get started.

Downloads

Notes:

The Educator’s Guide is for teachers of all levels, and the Pollinator Big Book is the “text” for all grades.

Activity books are one for each level 1-4: Level 1 is for Grades K-1, Level 2 is for Grades 2-3, Level 3 is for Grades 4-5, Level 4 is Grades 6 and up.

Educators_Guide

Pollinators_Big_Book

NACD_Pollinators_Level 1 Booklet

NACD_Pollinators_Level_2_Booklet

NACD_Pollinators_Level3Booklet

NACD_Pollinators_Level4Booklet

Pollinators_Placemat

Fish Lead Free Tackle Exchange Station at Unity Pond

As part of our Love Our Lakes program, we have erected our first lead tackle disposal receptacle at the boat launch at Unity Pond (Lake Winnecook). Lead tackle can be deposited in the receptacle and will be disposed of properly, and you can pick up free lead-free tackle in exchange. Just call our office on Tuesday or Wednesday to set up a time to come and select your free tackle. You can also get a fishing kit for children as a bonus. The program  isn’t necessarily a one-for-one exchange, and there is a great variety of  non-toxic tackle to try.

We hope to set up the stations around the county, so let us know if you know of a fishing hot spot on a large pond or lake that could use one.

Why get rid of lead tackle?

Lead commonly found in fishing tackle is highly toxic, and hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Wildlife species are affected by ingesting lead fishing tackle, particularly the common loon. Loon bodies and behavior make them susceptible to lead poisoning.

What better time than right now to clean out your tackle box, making  fishing safer for you, your children, and Maine’s wildlife?

Meet Our New Administrative Director

Tom Mullin comes to the District having worked in Waldo County for over two decades as an Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources at Unity College. His professional work experience includes work within the New England land trust community, municipal park agencies, and statewide environmental education programs. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Horticulture, and has a Master’s degree from George Mason University in Business Administration, Public Administration and Education.

Stay Aware on EAB

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect now present in Maine that kills ash trees. Ash trees are important in our forest products economy, our ecosystems, and as a shade tree frequently found in our yards, parks and street areas. It is important to keep an eye out for signs of this destructive pest, which could appear anywhere in Maine!

For Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, ash trees are tagged to help people become aware of this pest, and to learn about the value of local ash trees (see image below). Look for tagged trees in your area.

 

Signs of EAB

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