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Boardwalk in the News

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

See the recent segment on our reconstruction fundraising campaign.

WABI TV Interview

And an article from the Bangor Daily News

BDN Article

Boardwalk Reconstruction Campaign Receives Large Donation

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The boardwalk is happy to announce a new, large donation to our reconstruction efforts.  Read more about it here!


Upcoming Nature Walks

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The following nature walks are planned for the remainder of the summer:


Bog Plant Adaptations. Saturday July 8, 9am with UM Professor Emerita Christa Schwintzer


Bog Walk for Kids**. Monday, July 17, 10am with 3rd year UM Ecology and Environmental Studies student and Boardwalk summer intern


International Bog Day, Sunday, July 23, 1pm. Talks and book signings by Boardwalk founder Professor Emeritus Ron Davis and Bangor Daily News reporter Aislinn Sarnacki


Forest Insect Pests, Saturday, July 29, 10am with Allison Kanoti, forest entomologist, Maine Forest Service


Ticks and Mosquiotes. Saturday, August 19, 10am with UM Assistant Professor Allison Gardner, School of Biology and Ecology


Bog Hydrology. Saturday September 9, 10am with UM Professor Andy Reeve, School of Earth and Climate Sciences.


** limit of 8, k-4th grade children. Must be accompanied by a guardian


All of these walks will meet at cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  If you would like to attend any of these walks please e-mail or call 866-2578 to reserve a spot.  If e-mailing, please include a phone number in case of a weather cancellation.

Boardwalk director Jim Bird interviewed by Fox 22 News

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

See the interview here.

Boardwalk News – 3 March 2017

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
A new paper has just been published concerning research at the Orono Bog Boardwalk and the Caribou Bog:  Jennings, Daniel T., Longcore, Jerry R., and Bird, James E. 2017.  Spiders (Araneae) inhabit lepidopteran-feeding shelters on ferns in Maine, USA. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 13: 5-14.



Orono Bog Boardwalk Closing Early for the 2016 Season

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Orono Bog Boardwalk will close at 4:30pm on Saturday October 15th. This is six weeks sooner than normal, but is necessary for phase three of the Boardwalk reconstruction process. Between the mid-October’s closure and next spring’s reopening, 48 more sections of the Boardwalk will be replaced, along with one interpretive station and one wheelchair turnout. The newly-installed sections will be constructed of composite decking with cladded aluminum siding and stainless steel footings as are the 251 sections installed in the past three years. We are currently raising funds for the next 48 sections. We hope to have the funds in place by Spring 2017.

A volunteer staff maintains the Boardwalk and provides information and education for visitors, including school and community groups. The facility is jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the City of Bangor, and the University of Maine. Its operation and maintenance are funded entirely through donations, sales of Boardwalk merchandise, and grants.

For information about the Boardwalk or to volunteer for the October phase of reconstruction or contribute funds to the reconstruction and continued operation of the Boardwalk, visit our web page or our facebook page., e-mail, or call 866-2578.

Update – May 31st 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Hi all,


The annual Boardwalk auction on May 21st was a success!  We made $4,623.62.  Thanks to all the Campaign Committee members who planned, organized, and helped with the auction.  They are Kourtney Collum, Jen and Cason Snow, Cindy Mehnert, Judy Round, Donna and Gerry Dwyer, Jerry Longcore, and Jim Bird.  Thank you to the great set-up crew:  all of the above plus Mary Bird, Becky Van Beneden, Bob Cashon, Chris and Casey Wilkins, and Norah and Will St. Peter (let me know if I’ve missed someone).  Thanks to our auctioneer John Cheney who did a great job.  Thanks to Juan Condori and Ellie May Shufro, “Village to Village”, who provided wonderful music. And last but not least thanks to Sharon Fitzgerald who led the effort (with help from the Friday Fiber Friends) to restore the antique quilt that we raffled at the auction.


On Saturday, June 4th from 7:30-9am, local area birders Paul Markson and Gloria Volmers will lead a bird walk at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Paul and Gloria on what should be an excellent bird walk.


World Wide Knit in Public Day ( is on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm at the cabin area.  Rain date is Sunday June 19th.  Bring your knitting, lunch, and a folding chair and have a great day of knitting and friendship.  We’ll put up a canopy for shade.  Contact for more information.


Christa Schwintzer will be leading a nature walk on plant adaptations to the bog environment on Saturday, June 25th at 9am.  Meet at the cabin area.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Christa on this always popular walk.


Ron Davis’s wonderful new book “Bogs & Fens” will be available for sale at the Boardwalk starting this Wednesday.  The price is $24.95.  We are planning a book signing at the Boardwalk cabin area on June 25th at 11am.  For docents:  Those writing checks for purchase – the checks should be made out to University of Maine with Boardwalk on the memo line.  All other checks (other sales, donations, etc.) should be made out to the University of Maine Foundation with Boardwalk campaign on the memo line.


University of Maine Professor Brian Olsen led a bird walk from the Tripp Drive parking lot and onto the Boardwalk on Saturday, May 21st.  The particpants on the walk heard and/or saw 33 species including a new species for the Boardwalk:  Eastern Kingbird!  The Eastern Kingbird was seen in the open after Station 4.  Also seen was a Gray Jay, only the third time Boardwalk volunteers had seen this bird.  The Gray Jay was seen in the open between Stations 6 & 7.  Other birds seen and/or heard were Mourning Dove, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and American Goldfinch.  It was a great 2 hours of birding at the Boardwalk.  Thanks Brian!!


Thanks to Phil Locke and Karl Hill for all the clean-up work on the interior of the cabin.  The new shelves are great!

Bird Walk – June 4th 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
On Saturday, June 4th from 7:30-9am, area birders Paul Markson and Gloria Volmers will lead a bird walk at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk.  Please e-mail if you would like to join Paul and Gloria on what should be an excellent bird walk.

Fundraising Auction – May 21st

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Auction to Benefit Boardwalk

A Silent and Live Auction will be held on Saturday, May 21st to benefit the reconstruction of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  The event will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road in Orono.  Auction items include a weekend getaway on the Maine Coast, an EPIC Sports gift certificate, a home brewing consultation, concert and theatre tickets, garden tours, beautiful Boardwalk photographs framed with recycled deck boards, hand-tied flies with a fly fishing chest pack, landscape and arboriculture consultations, and much, much more.  A hand-made vintage quilt will be raffled during the event.  Auctioneer John Cheney will be master of ceremonies for the live auction, and from 6:00 to 7:00pm Village to Village (Juan Condori on cello and guitar and Ellie May Shufro, violin) will provide music from around the world.  Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is free; however donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

For more information about this event, the Orono Bog Boardwalk and its programs, or ways to support the reconstruction of the boardwalk, please contact, call 866-2578, or visit

News Update – 6 April 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Our long time tour guide scheduler Kourtney Collum will be leaving the area.  We thank her for all of her volunteer efforts with our tour guides and maintenance and other help over the years and wish her the best of luck.  Kourtney will continue to update our campaign kiosk poster.  Thanks Kourtney!  Long time volunteer Genevieve Smith will also be leaving the area.  We thank her for all of her volunteer efforts with guiding tours, on our maintenence crew and other areas over the years and wish her the best of luck.  Genevieve is currently reviewing our lesson plans.  Thanks Genevieve!


We need a tour guide scheduler very soon.  Please, if you are interested just let me know.  The time committment is about 1 hour/week during the tour season.  She/he works with John Maddaus who schedules our tours.  It is vital that we have a scheduler as the tours will be starting to come in soon.  Basically the scheduler, after learning from John Maddaus upcoming tours dates and times, contacts our tour guides via e-mail to see their availability to do a tour, making sure we have the guides need for a particular tour.  If we don’t get a tour guide scheduler I’m not sure what we will do.


Our auction and dessert potluck is Saturday, May 21st, 6pm at the Keith Anderson Community House in Orono.  Part of the auction will be live and auctioneer John Cheney has agreed to be our volunteer auctioneer.  I have a attached a list of items we have in hand, that are promised, or items that have been requested by e-mail or letter.  Juan Condori (cello) and Ellie May Shufro (fiddle) will perform from 6-7pm.  Please take a look at the attached list and get additional items.  Once you have something please just let me know so I can keep the master list.  You can check with me to see if the item has already been requested.  We typically make between $1,500 and $1,800 at our auction.  Let’s try to double this!  This year we will also have a raffle for a nice old quilt that Boardwalk volunteer Sharon Fitzgerald is restoring.


Work will start soon on the Boardwalk.  We have to level about 55 sections and tighten the bolts on 48 sections.  It should be about 3-4 days of work.  Once that is done Steve Merriam our contractor from Great Northern Docks will come up and measure the 12 angles where there are turns.  It should take him 2+ weeks to manufacture these angles.  Once done he will bring them to the Boardwalk and it should take about 1 day or less to install.  Phil Locke has agreed to be our maintennce corrdinator again this year.  If you are interested in working on the maintenance of the Boardwalk contact Phil (  You will receive e-mails from either Phil or me informing you of work days.


We have the help of a 5 member team from University of Maine Professor Amber Roth’s forestry class.  Starting in mid April they will be working on the hemlock part of the Boardwalk, replacing broken and/or rotting deck boards and railings and straightening and leveling sections.  Please, if you are out at the Boardwalk before May 1st leave the deck board replacement and straightening and leveling to these students.  This is part of their course work.


The Boardwalk will open on Sunday, May 1st.  We will open even if the angle pieces are not in place yet.  We will just close that part of the Boardwalk.  Bob Duchesne will be our honorary opener at noon that day.  We will have a soft opening at 7am and Bob will be leading a bird walk then.   We will be sending out a press release about our opening and Bob Duchesne’s bird walk.  If you want to sign up for Bob’s walk please let me know.  There will probably be much interested once it is publicized in a couple weeks.


If you are interested in being a docent this year please let BOTH Al Larson ( and Nancy Larson ( know.  Docents do a variety of things including opening and closing the Boardwalk and staff the cabin area, answer questions, and sell Boardwalk merchandise.   If you would like a refresher on being a docent or haven’t been a docent before and would like to be please contact our docent trainer Paul Markson (


Our nature walks series and other events are taking shape.  We have the following events scheduled:


May 1 – Bob Duchesne – migratory birds

May 14 – Rad Mayfield – bird banding demonstration

May 21 – Brian Olsen – migratory birds

June 18 – Bog KIP – knit in public day – Mary Bird

June 25 – Christa Schwintzer – plant adaptations

August 20 – Allison Kanoti – forest health

October 15 – Jim Hinds – lichens

September – date/time not yet scheduled – David Batuski – star walk


Others in the works.


The  Boardwalk had an information/sale both at the 78th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show in March.  We made $288 at the event.  We had a raffle for one of Al Larson’s wonderful photographs and made approximately $115.  Our winner from Hampden was very happy!  Thanks to Donne Sinderson, Al Larson, Jen and Cason Snow, Lynn DeGrendier, Genevieve Smith, Fred Kirchesis, and John Maddaus for staffing the both and thanks to Jerry for faciliting.