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Free online event: Native Maine Bees with Kalyn Bickerman-Martens, M.A.

To kick off Earth Day (week) we hosted a Native Bee Talk with Kalyn Bickerman-Martens, Pollinator Conservation from UMO. Kalyn's work focuses on the health of Maine’s native bees in wild blueberry fields and her research interests include parasitology, disease ecology, toxicology, and citizen science and science communication. 

Watch the recorded event!

Swarm of Bees

A short documentary about mud puppies in the Belgrade Lakes 

Mud puppies  were accidentally introduced into the Belgrade Lakes in 1939. Learn the full story in this short documentary on Youtube.

Get started with LakeSmart!

LakeSmart is an education and reward program that assists lakefront homeowners manage landscapes in ways that protect water quality. The program is free, non-regulatory and voluntary. Now in its 5th year under Maine Lakes Society leadership, LakeSmart is active in 65 lake watersheds.

The most important aspect of LakeSmart is having a lush buffer garden!


Build a bat box

Use scrap wood from other projects to create a home for these vulnerable creatures! Maines bat population has suffered greatly from human activity. Create a safe home for these natural pest controllers! 

Build a bee hotel!

Bees play a critical role in the health of our ecosystems. Creating a bee hotel can provide an easy place for native bees to thrive near your flower gardens. 


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"Science snacks" for families at home

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Learn a little bit more about the world around you with these "science snacks".. A list of activities and experiments to try at home with things you likely already have! Great way to connect things you see in nature to learning in the home classroom. 

Plant some native shoreline plants

Plant native plants along your shoreline to help protect water quality and provide some habitat for critters that call the Belgrade Lakes home! Check out this list of native shoreline plants from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Our suggestion is blueberry bushes!