Winter Wildlife in St. George
An evening of slides, stories, and wildlife lessons
Join MCHT steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen for “Winter Wildlife in St. George,” an evening of slides, stories, and lessons learned from winter wildlife on the St. George peninsula. The program takes place at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24 at the St. George Town Office, 3 School Street, St. George. The talk is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the St. George Conservation Commission. This is event is free and open to the public.
Winter is a great season to learn about your local wildlife. The leaves have conveniently fallen and are out of the way, distracting mushrooms and flowers are a distant memory, and the chorus of songbirds announcing their territories has been replaced, for the most part, by silence. All but the wind.
Fresh snow captures animal tracks, trails, and tunnels providing lessons untaught during any other season. Owls vocalize and sea ducks converge along the shorelines of St. George. With its varied habitat of woods, fields, and wetlands, the St. George peninsula offers a multitude of observable and trackable wildlife.
Kirk Gentalen has worked for 25 years as a naturalist via environmental education and ecotourism programs in 13 states including Alaska, California, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Gentalen currently works as a steward/naturalist for MCHT with most of his work focusing on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. He also leads walks and talks and outreach programs with schools up and down the coast of Maine for MCHT. Kirk edits a nature blog, the “Vinalhaven Sightings Report” and writes the “Nature Bummin’” column for the St. George Dragon Community Journal. On the side, Kirk does wildlife tracking, and breeding bird and vernal pool surveys.
In his free time, Kirk likes to go outside and look around.
Kirk lives in St. George with his wife and son.