Members and friends of the Georges River Land Trust will gather Sunday, Aug. 22 for the annual celebration and business meeting in Cushing at the Antolini property, which is conserved under easement with GRLT. The lovely property is on Hyler Cove of the St. George River and protects a heron rookery as well as forest and wetland habitats. A short business meeting will begin at 3 p.m. when members will be asked to approve revisions to Articles V-XI of the GRLT bylaws, which can be reviewed at The board and staff will present updates on the financial status and recent accomplishments of GRLT.

Following the business meeting, Danielle D’Auria and Brad Allen from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will speak about shorebirds and herons. D’Auria currently focuses her work on statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons while Allen coordinates the department’s interests in seabird research and management activities on Maine’s coastal islands.

A picnic potluck will follow the talk and attendees are asked to bring food to share according to the first letter of their last name, as follows: from A-I a main dish, J-S a salad, and T-Z a dessert. GRLT will provide drinks. Bring children, chairs or blankets, walking shoes and Frisbees. Mr. Antolini has opened his trails along the river especially for this event. (Please leave pets at home.)

Directions: From Route 1 in Thomaston, turn onto Wadsworth Street, next to the prison store. From the green bridge crossing the St. George River, continue approximately one mile to McCarter Point Road. Turn left and proceed to the end of the road. Parking will be in the field. For more information call the GRLT office at 594-5166.