Kennebunk Plains walk Sept 21

10 AM – 12 noon, Rain or Shine

MMNP will host a nature walk for graduates at the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. The Plains consist of four natural community types: sandplain grassland, pitch pine–scrub oak barrens, pitch pine heath barrens and red maple alluvial swamp forest. The sandy grasslands are particularly notable for being one of the rarest and most threatened natural communities in New England. The Plains are home to most of the world’s population of the northern blazing star (Liatris scariosa) (see photo) as well as several other rare and threatened plant species. Exceptional birds include the upland sandpiper and the grasshopper sparrow.

The walk will be facilitated by Tony Liguori (Master Maine Guide, MMNP Falmouth 2014) and Gordon Collins (MMNP Falmouth 2014). The walk will be informal, allowing everyone to explore and share their knowledge.

The event is free, with donations to MMNP accepted.

Directions to the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area:
From the center of Kennebunk, proceed south on Main Street and cross the Mousam River Bridge. Turn right on Route 9A/Route 99, proceed .3 mile to where Route 99 turns right (Cat Mousam Road). Proceed 4.4 miles on Route 99; the parking lot for the Kennebunk Plains WMA will be on your right (north side of the road) (Lat: 43° 24’ 09” N; Lon: 70° 37’ 30” W).

Please leave dogs at home … Hope to see you there!