Join the Maine Entomological Society and the Kennebec Land Trust at the Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area in Manchester to explore this property and help to expand KLT's knowledge of the insect fauna of this property, which was acquired in 2011. Amateurs and more experienced entomologists are all welcome to join us! With 29 acres of wetlands and vernal pools, mixed woods, 2,765 feet of stream frontage, and 1,600 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Hutchinson Pond, there is a lot to explore!
Bring your bug repellent, collecting gear, lunch, drinks, and anything else you may need for the day. The main trail from the parking lot to Hutchinson Pond is a half mile long and an easy walk. There are five vernal pools, three of which are considered of particular importance as they host breeding populations of wood frogs and spotted salamanders.
We will gather at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot on Benson Road. To get there, take the U.S. Route 202 exit from I-95 and go westwards, towards Manchester. You will pass all the various Augusta auto sales lots (Charlie's, etc.) and rise up a hill, then drop down into Manchester. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Pond Road. Go 3.5 miles on Pond Road, and then turn left onto Collins Road. Take the first right onto Benson Road, and you will find the parking lot about 0.9 miles down Benson Road on the left.
Please contact the KLT office with any questions at 207-377-2848, or visit the KLT website for directions and additional information.
(Photo: Hutchinson Pond, Norm Rodrigue)
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