Volunteer Work Day at Parsons Family Preserve and Philbrick Woods

This Saturday the 5th SWT held its first volunteer work day.

What a difference a day makes to our preserves when so many hard working volunteers show up for five hours of work-with-good-company! Thank you!

We thank Catherine Dufault and her friends from University of Maine Farmington and trustees Warren Shay and Davida Barter for weed pulling and wildflower seed planting at Parsons Family Preserve. It's one reason why we might want the arrival of winter's snow to provide aprotective cover over our wildflower seeds but we will be even more eager for spring to warm the ground to begin germination of our seeds

AND for great resilience and successful water bar construction, tree cutting and leaf blowing, we give hearty cheers to Liza Russell, Tom Hendricks and Sam Horine (third picture below), Wayland Magoon (our chainsaw guru), Patty Van Horne and Liz Allen (our leaf blower extraordinaire). We also thank the City of Skowhegan Park and Recreation Department for lending us their leaf blower and other tools. I'm looking forward to a good hard rain so that i can watch our water bars in action!


What's fun to do if you belong to Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Gamma Pi at University of Maine, Farmington? WEED and PLANT wildflowers at Parsons Family Preserve in Skowhegan on Malbons Mill Road! Thanks so much to our volunteer students: :
Catherine Dufault (a previous SWT summer intern) 
Danica Lamontagne
Kyle Reynolds
Colby Stevens
Abbie Hartford
Tessa Walsh
Emily Hartford
Michaela Wright
Kelsey Dunn

Seeds planted around the Parsons' memorial were Purple Coneflower, Lupine, Black Eyed Susan and Shasta Daisy natives. 
AND a very special thank you to Doug Harlow, reporter for the Morning Sentinel, who donated a large box of milkweed seeds which were spread across the field.