Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will be holding a hike on Saturday, July 18 as a part of the Nature Explorations educational series called Woodland Flowers and Ferns at Doyle Preserve. Explore the trail leading to Pemaquid Pond for woodland delights with Steve O’Bryan, PWA Preserve Steward, and Nancy Holmes, DLWA naturalist. Meet at the PWA Doyle Preserve parking area by 10 a.m. Directions: From Damariscotta, take the Biscay Road 2 miles and turn left onto Egypt Road (just before Pinkham’s Plantation, a landscaping business located on the right). Travel 1.7 miles and turn right on to Castaway Cove Road. Preserve parking area is 0.1 miles down on the right.

In 1994, the Doyle-Finnegan family gave Pemaquid Watershed Association 16 acres with 1200 feet on Pemaquid Pond, which created the Doyle Preserve. THE FIRST sponsors the Doyle Preserve as part of PWA’s Adopt-a-Trail Program. There is just over a mile of trails which are in excellent condition and are relatively flat. The southern loop of the yellow trail, about one-fifth mile long, is on private land and is used with the owners’ generous permission. The forested woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife such as pileated woodpeckers, red fox, raccoon, eastern painted turtles, wood ducks, wild turkeys and osprey. Mushrooms, lichens and fungi are abundant. Along with the summer wildflowers, many ferns can be seen such as interrupted fern, sensitive fern, bracken fern and cinnamon fern.

There are other interesting hikes and events in the PWA Nature Explorations series through the summer and autumn. This series was put together by the newly re-formed PWA Education Committee, dedicated to fulfill the educational part of the mission. Check the PWA website for more information. A convenient card has been created with all the PWA Nature Explorations events listed. Stop by the PWA office to pick one up. There are also wonderful educational events planned for PWA’s Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach Park. There is a flyer available with all the wonderful offerings at the Nature Center this summer which lists all the workshops and events. Stop by to pick up one of each.

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