On Monday, July 27, 2020, we invite you to join us for a special online event.
Celebrating Water – 30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay A Film, A Poem, and A Conversation with Gary Lawless
We each feel connected to Casco Bay in different ways. As we continue celebrating 30 years of Friends of Casco Bay’s work to protect water quality in the Bay, this event highlights connections between artistic endeavors and the Bay.
Register now to join us online on Monday, July 27, at 5 pm, to see our 30th Anniversary Film and our conversation about the importance of place with bioregional Maine poet Gary Lawless as he shares a special poem. We expect this event will last for 45 minutes.
In this 30 second video, Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell invites you to join us to celebrate 30 years of working with you to keep Casco Bay blue!
In honor of this auspicious occasion, we are hosting a couple of online events, and we want you to join us for the first, on Tuesday, June 16. You will hear from our Congressionals, vote our Board of Directors into office, share in our collective successes, and hear about our plans for the decade ahead.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 5 to 6 pm. While the event will begin at 5 pm, please log on and join us earlier as we gather together online, a little before 5 pm, for a special slideshow celebrating 30 years of protecting the health of Casco Bay.
Who should attend: You! Our Annual Meeting is open to the entire community: our members, volunteers, supporters, professional colleagues, and all who love Casco Bay!
Thirty years ago, a small group of concerned citizens formed Friends of Casco Bay after a report identified the Bay as one of the most polluted regions in the nation. Since then, we have used a science-based, community-oriented approach to improve the health of our coastal waters. Our work goes on. And we don’t do this work alone – thank you for your input and support. We look forward to seeing you online on June 16.
A sold-out audience embarked on an adventure with Friends of Casco Bay as we hosted the 12th Annual SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, November 2nd, at the University of Southern Maine/Portland.
Since 1989, Friends of Casco Bay has been working to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay through advocacy, research, and community engagement. The event is a chance to share our enthusiasm for the environment—and inspire action and activism—with 500 other friends of Casco Bay. This event is the conservation organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, thanks in large part to show sponsors 98.9 WCLZ, Ocean Navigator, Knack Factory, Yelp Maine, TD Bank, and Eddie Woodin & Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, Inc.
This year’s festival featured heroic firefighters battling a massive blaze that consumed 50,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest, a lonely bicyclist who set his sight on traversing Canada from Montreal to the Arctic, and biologists tramping through marsh and muck to trace one of the few remaining wildlife corridors across Florida.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. The festival’s name recognizes the status of 39 miles of the South Yuba River in California as a Wild & Scenic river, a designation that guarantees it will be preserved in its free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Many thanks to the volunteers, donors, and sponsors, the supporters who made it possible for us to host our 12th SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Hope to see you again next year!
Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, Inc.
BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
Martin’s Point Health Care
Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts
Brunswick Dental Health Associates
Coffee By Design, Inc.
Maine Conservation Alliance/Maine Conservation Voters
Poole Group of Companies
Bath Savings Institution
Bayview Rigging & Sails
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Dale Rand Printing
Points East Publishing, Inc.
Scott Simons Architects LLC
Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.
Starboard Advisors LLC
Water Resource Protection, City of South Portland
Yarmouth Boat Yard
Wild & Scenic is a festival with a purpose as we bring together story-tellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation for the natural world. The Festival is a benefit for Friends of Casco Bay’s work to keep Casco Bay blue.
Dimensions: 8’ x 6” pintail The custom-shaped board features Maine white cedar and accents with wood from Allagash Brewing Curieux barrels. The fin will be made by Neto Shapes and it, too, is made in part from Allagash Curieux barrel wood.
Valued at: $2,500
This specific board was specially made by Grain in conjunction with Allagash Brewing Company and Neto Shapes to support Friends of Casco Bay’s efforts to protect the coastal waters we all love.
Aptly named to represent where Grain began, the Root continues to be one of the company’s most popular boards. This nimble pintail is a performance-style longboard, meaning it is designed with speed generation and maneuverability in mind, while remaining a super fun cruiser of mellow surf. The Root excels in a myriad of conditions, having the speed and control to handle zippier beach breaks or the bigger stuff — plus the volume to catch all the waves you want on a small day. While Grain has grown quite a bit from its roots, this Root remains a dominant classic.
Climate change is affecting the health of Casco Bay faster than anyone could have predicted. Warming temperatures and increasing acidity threaten the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on the sea. Research is showing that changes in our coastal waters from climate change are putting lobstering, clamming, and aquaculture at risk.
Friends of Casco Bay invites you to attend Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, a free event, open to all.
Staff scientist Mike Doan will talk about the warning signs we see in our monitoring data. Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca will share some of the impacts to our marine species and how Mainers are working together to respond to these threats. They look forward to your questions following the presentation.
Healthy marine waters are vital to Maine’s economy and quality of life.This is such an important issue that we are hosting this presentation at three locations in the coming weeks: Portland, South Portland, and Brunswick.