Environment

Chicken Hatch Part 5 - They're HERE!

Chicken Hatch Part 5 - They're HERE!

The chicks are here!  They arrived one day early!  All four hatched out with the most beautiful of hues and markings.  They are Auracana's so they don't look anything like their surrogate mom.  It is such a blessing to watch this miracle of life unfolding right before our eyes!  Broody accepted them right away and is doing a nice job mothering them and taking care of them!  Enjoy the video!  It's priceless!

WELLS RESERVE HOSTS LAND CONSERVATION LECTURE

In an era of declining public funding, volatile financial markets, and growing social needs, conservationists will be challenged in the coming years to create and maintain an adequate network of important landscapes across the country. To help communities in southern Maine meet this challenge, Jay Espy, executive director of the Sewall Foundation, will present "Effective Practices in Funding Land Conservation for Impact" on Wednesday, February 8, from 5 to 7:30 pm in Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call Annie Cox at 207-646-1555 ext 157 or email acox@wellsnerr.org.

Espy will discuss some exciting and creative new approaches to land conservation.

York County Shelter Program

The York County Shelter Programs, a homeless services provider in Alfred, Maine, has been dedicated to environmental issues for many years.

Clay Hill Farm Partners with Cardagin Networks to Host Giveaway Voting on Mobile App

The Green Wedding Giveaway is every couple’s dream – an environmentally-sound occasion in a breathtaking setting for 75 guests would make any bride and groom giddy, but add the not-so-small detail that the whole affair is free and you’ve got a grand slam; and for the first time, voting for the winner will not just take place online but also on Cardagin Network’s mobile app.

Award-winning restaurant and bird sanctuary, Clay Hill Farm, has partnered with Cardagin Networks, a mobile loyalty and advertising leader, to promote the annual giveaway via locals’ smartphones.  After the initial nomination process, which is occurring through January 2012, anyone can partake in the process of crowning the 2012 winners during public voting inFebruary.

Mobile voters simply download the Cardagin app and click on the “Green Wedding Giveaway from Clay Hill Farm” mobile storefront to vote for the finalists.  As the votes are tallied, finalistsaccumulate points through

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.

WELLS RESERVE HOSTS KELP FARMING LUNCH N LEARN

Join Paul Dobbins for "Kelp Farming in Maine," an introduction to kelp cultivation and seaweed product development, to be held at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on January 11 at noon. Bring your bag lunch and a $2 donation to Mather Auditorium. FMI 207-646-1555 or

Join Paul Dobbins for "Kelp Farming in Maine," an introduction to kelp cultivation and seaweed product development, to be held at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on January 11 at noon. Bring your bag lunch and a $2 donation to Mather Auditorium. FMI 207-646-1555 or www.wellsreserve.org.

In 2009, sea farmers in 28 countries cultivated and harvested 17 million metric tons of seaweed in nearshore waters. In 2010, the United States became the 29th country to farm seaweed with the installation of the first U.S. kelp farm in Maine waters.