Stories about "Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area"
Caitlin Cleaver named director of Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area and Shortridge Coastal Center

Friday, August 16, 2019 8:28 am

With extensive experience at the intersection of research, education, and conservation, Cleaver is "the right leader at the right time” for Bates–Morse Mountain and Shortridge, said Dean of the Faculty Malcolm Hill.

Ryan Mahoney ’20 Virginia Tech, Environmental Resources Management, working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust which placed me with KELT (Kennebec Estuary Land Trust), posses for a portrait using his photne to lit himself while watching the cosmos from on top of "The Rock" overlooking Meetinghouse Pond at The Coastal Center at Shortridge on July 29, 2019. He states:"As for my little biography, I was born and raised in Reston, Virginia and have lived there my whole life. Now I am going into my senior year at Virginia Tech majoring in 'Environmental Resources Management' and getting minors in 'Forestry' and Watershed Management'. This Summer, I got the opportunity to work with Maine Coast Heritage Trust which placed me with KELT (Kennebec Estuary Land Trsust). I wanted this internship because I knew it would give me experiences in the field of environmental conservation that I otherwise would not have been able to have. Staying at Shortridge this Summer has been an absolute blessing and I will forever cherish my time here forever.""Growing up, I always loved to look at the night sky and stars. When there was a meteor shower or celestial event, my parents would wake me up in the middle of the night and drive me and my siblings out to a field where we could see the sky with the least amount of light pollution possible. Last night at Shortridge was my first time seeing a truly clear night sky with no light pollution and it was absolutely breathtaking. Words cannot do justice for what I saw last night. Looking up, I could see the whole Milky Way, more stars than imaginable, and even space stations or satellites floating in the endless wonder. Standing up on that rock and looking at the intricacies of the universe flushed me with feelings of wonder, astonishment, and excitement. Those moments are the moments I chase in life and I hope to see a sky like that again sometime soon."
Video: What can you see in the starry Maine sky on a summer night?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:41 am

This time-lapse video, filmed at the college’s Coastal Center at Shortridge, kicks off with sun barreling toward the western horizon. Then the show begins.

Professor of Geology Beverly Johnson uses a sediment elevation table to measure the height of the Sprague River Salt Marsh, part of the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area..These data are used to measure the response of the marsh to rising sea level and storm activity, Johnson says. Four years ago, she and her Short Term geology students traveled to the Sprague, where they placed rods deep in the marsh as benchmarks to measure future changes.Show with Laura Sewall (in garnet baseball cap), Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Director of Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area, and Vanessa Paolella '21 of Dingmen's Ferry, Pa., who has been working with Johnson on geology research over the summer.Also present: Clailre Enterline (in green shirt and blue baseball cap), Research Coordinator with the Maine Coastal Program. And (not in selects but wearing a blue baseball cap and blue shirt) Ellen Bartow-Gieelie, Coastal Fellow with the Maine Coastal Program.
Q&A: Laura Sewall on 11 years as Bates–Morse Mountain director

Friday, July 19, 2019 10:30 am

Sewall shares takeaways from the conservation area, including the role of "blue carbon," the toll of climate change, and the value in letting nature take its course.

Curtis ’17 in key role as Bates joins Maine ecosystem project

Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:13 pm

With an alumna playing a central role, Bates College has joined The Nature Conservancy and state agencies in a long-term effort to monitor Maine ecosystems.

Slideshow: Bates photographers’ favorite images of 2017

Monday, January 1, 2018 3:00 am

Welcome to our annual showcase of the favorite images taken by Bates Communications photographers, featuring photographs from three perspectives.

Campus Construction Update: Shortridge goes 100 percent solar

Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:57 pm

A year after the first row of solar panels went atop Bates' Coastal Center at Shortridge, a second row has made the center electrically self-sufficient.

Bates in the News: Oct. 14, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016 8:00 am

The news media tells stories about coastal research, Bates parents of a transgender child, Val Smith '75's second year as Swarthmore president, and teaching 9/11 to students who don't remember it.

Slideshow: Beach morning, marsh afternoon, and starry night for these geology students

Friday, August 28, 2015 12:00 pm

From beach to marsh, geology students did faculty-guided thesis fieldwork in and around the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area, with time for play, too.

For students, finding an invasive insect in Maine is yet another ‘useful’ Bates experience

Friday, May 22, 2015 10:17 am

Finding an invasive and destructive insect is no one's idea of good news. How the insect was found, by a Bates professor and his students, does hit better notes.

Video: Visiting the Sprague Marsh to measure sea level change

Friday, May 2, 2014 9:00 am

Geology faculty and students head to Bates-Morse Mountain to place measurement rods deep in the marsh.

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