Monhegan Associates Annual Meeting, August 21, 2020

Because of the restrictions on gatherings in the state of Maine and on Monhegan because of the Covid-19 Virus, the annual membership meeting of the Monhegan Associates Inc.  will be held as a ZOOM meeting. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM EDST on August 21, 2020, and will last until about 9:00 PM.

If you are in a household with more than one member attending, please attend together to leave room for everyone. 

We will have a number of legal requirements to get through as quickly as possible (committee reports, etc.) But we do want to get time at the end for open discussion of the membership where we will field questions about the Associates and have open discussion. In general we will have everyone muted except those designated to speak and will be taking requests for speaking through the chat window, which we will explain at the meeting when it is time. 

Thanks in advance for your patience as we do this online for the first time ever!

Frederick W. Faller, President MAI

Here’s the Zoom link.

Volunteers Welcome!

If you are on Monhegan for an extensive stay this season and would like to get involved, consider participating in our “Adopt-a-Trail” program. Weekly trail work by short-term visitors has been put on hold this summer to minimize COVID-19 transmission, but work is still needed to keep trails passable for regular use and for emergencies.


Contact info@monheganassociates.org if interested.

La Nef releases Monhegan Associates Inc. chocolate bar

Exciting News!

Monhegan based chocolate makers La Nef Chocolate just came out with a Monhegan Associates Inc. bar. The bar is 70% Cacao Honduran Dark Chocolate with Peanuts and Dried Cherries. A portion of all sales will go to support our efforts to preserve the 350 acres and 9+ miles of trails that make up Monhegan’s wild lands.

The package features the photography of Warner Taylor and can be purchased through La Nef’s website (https://www.lanefchocolate.com/) and here on the island (when once again it is safe again to travel).

Thank you La Nef Chocolate for your support!

FROM THE MONHEGAN COVID-19 TASK FORCE

FROM THE MONHEGAN COVID-19 TASK FORCE
Effective Immediately, in response to the recent Novel Coronavirus Outbreak:
The Monhegan COVID-19 Task Force asks that all persons planning to travel to Monhegan please be aware that from March 20th through April 1st the Monhegan Boatline is following the recommendation given by Maine State Governor Mills to limit groups to 10 persons or less. Please call the Monhegan Boatline ahead of your arrival date to make a RESERVATION. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
• ALL PERSONS ARRIVING ON MONHEGAN ISLAND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS UPON ARRIVAL.
• PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET WHILE ON MONHEGAN.
• MANY MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE ALREADY IN SELF-ISOLATION OR SELF-QUARANTINE.
• PLEASE WORK WITH US TO HELP PREVENT COVID-19 FROM BECOMING A COMMUNITY TRANSMITTED ILLNESS.
Monhegan has extremely limited emergency response resources.
• There is NO licensed health care provider or advanced emergency care on the island. There are only a small number of volunteers trained to basic first aid & wilderness first aid levels.
• There is NO stockpile of personal protective equipment, sanitation products, thermometers, hygiene products, or provisions.
• There is NO public water supply until mid-April.
For more information go to Monhegan Plantation website to view “COVID19 Resources”:

Bryan Pfeiffer on-island this fall

Greetings, Monhegan Associates trustees, committee members, and friends:
As many of you know, I’m on the island every fall with a butterfly net discovering more about Monhegan’s biodiversity, and tagging Monarchs in the interest of conservation. This fall, starting in earnest on Friday, a few colleagues and I hope to tag more than 200 Monarchs on the island. It means that you’ll be seeing a few of us netting Monarchs — notably at Lobster Cove, at hotspots on the eastern side, and along roadsides. I’m particularly interested in the fate of late-season Monarchs along the New England coast; this tagging will help us learn.
For the most part, our efforts are welcomed by islanders and visitors. But as I understand it, on a few occasions, a Monarch tagger has been reprimanded in no uncertain terms about catching butterflies on the island. To be sure, none of us have any intention to visit private property for this work without permission. But this activity is perfectly legal in Maine — and most everywhere across the continent. So if you might help spread the word, perhaps we can avoid any awkward confrontations as we go about this wonderful citizen-research over the next couple of weeks.
If anyone has questions, please send them my way. Thanks!
Warm regards,— Bryan Pfeiffer
P.S. An essay and a few other links related to Monhegan Monarchs: https://bryanpfeiffer.com/2018/10/25/butterflies-and-joy/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ www.bryanpfeiffer.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SAVE THE DATES for this year’s Ecology lectures

July 17 : Monhegan’s own Andrew Dalrymple will present information about climate change, sea level rise, the meadow aquifer and resilience as it applies to Monhegan. 7:30 pm  at the Schoolhouse

July 24: Dan Kittridge, executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, will present “Nutrient Rich Food and Soil Health”. This should be of particular of interest to those who support our island farm, work their own gardens, and value nutrition. 7:30 pm at the Schoolhouse

July 31: Corey Nelson, a lifetime summer visitor and astronomy enthusiast returns to present his popular evening of Stargazing: Planets, Stars, and Galaxies. This presentation will start at 8:00 pm, with viewing at 8:30.

Aug. 8: Bryan Pfeiffer will present “The Audacity of Monhegan Migration”, which will focus on three of nature’s creatures: birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.7:30 pm at the Schoolhouse

All presentations are $5 for non-Monhegan Associates members, free for members and for children under 12