Volunteers Assist in Survey of Scarborough Marsh

Volunteers at Scarborough Marsh (courtesy of keepmecurrent.com).

Volunteers at Scarborough Marsh (courtesy of keepmecurrent.com).

     This month volunteers are assisting the local Audubon society in their survey of the Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest saltwater marsh. Assessing the state of plants, insects and birds, this is the fifth year the group has employed volunteers to help gather an accurate picture of the marsh’s health. “We found some fun stuff we didn’t even know was here,” said Linda Woodard, director of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. And it isn’t just surveying local groups are concerned with, Scarborough Marsh has a phragmites’ problem. Currently covering around 100 acres, local groups are implementing a four-year plan to reduce the invasive's foothold to about 5% of its current coverage.