Join Mid-Coast Audubon members at the Nelson Preserve in Friendship, Saturday July 26, at 3 p.m. as they dedicate the new sign which honors Linda and Ray Nelson, who donated the 85-acre parcel to Mid-Coast Audubon in 1985.

After a career working for the National Park Service and living in nearly every U.S. state, the Nelsons purchased property in Friendship where they retired in 1971. They were great appreciators of nature, and stewards of the land. Ray passed away in 2002; Linda Lou, at 95, died in August 2013.

In recognition of their lives, the Nelson family initiated a memorial fundraiser for a new sign to more visibly mark the location of the preserve — with the hope of more people enjoying the mossy wonderland of the Nelson Preserve. The Nelson Preserve is devoted to preserving habitat for wildlife and is open to the public for hiking and bird watching. The preserve is located on Route 97, on the left about 1 mile from Friendship Village. For more information, contact Sue Schubel, Mid-Coast Audubon Society,