Dede’s latest memo

The mailing of the Minutes of the Associates – and the all-important membership renewal – has been completed. I do hope you will renew your membership (on line, preferably!) soon.

But equally important, Dede Little’s latest memo is published, and you can read it HERE. And any of her previous memos here.

It’s snowing heavily here in Maine but someday there will be spring, and then we will see you on Monhegan!



Jane Varnum

One of our longtime summer residents, Jane Varnum, died on Thursday, Jan 10, 2013.

Her son-in-law, Glenn Burdick, writes
I regret to announce the recent passing of Jane Varnum. Following her 1941 arrival and ensuing summer gig working at the Island Inn, Monhegan quickly became part of her DNA. Representative of an enduring strength of the Monhegan community, lifelong relationships took root during those youthful years, with other close friendships forged during the next seven decades.

Whether selling raffle tickets for Tea by the Sea from her cart, “Caning with Jane”, hosting a “grey panther” dinner party, or sunbathing with Lucia and Dede in svelte two piece suits at Pebble Beach (I have photos), Jane was intricately woven into the fabric of the Monhegan community. She will be remembered fondly by many for her steadfast determination, courage, and compassion.

Glenn Burdick

If you wish to make a donation to Monhegan Associates in her honor, go here: ?

Trail work! on Fridays

The trails are in serious need of attention. If you can possibly help, please meet at the tool shed on the Meadow opposite Tribler Cottage at 9:00 a.m. every Friday morning.  Tools will be supplied. Thanks!

We’re looking for a summer intern


Monhegan Associates (MAI) Summer Intern

Monhegan Associates Inc (MAI), a non-profit organization formed in 1954, seeks a personable, diligent individual willing to advance the MAI mission of perpetuating the ecology, understanding and enjoyment of Monhegan’s Wild Lands while simultaneously supporting the simple, friendly way of life of the Monhegan community.  Job functions will be finalized upon actual retention of the Intern but are anticipated to focus upon many of the elements below:

  1. Education and Outreach.
  1. Organize and lead minimum of one scheduled nature walk per week for interested parties
  2. Serve as information/greeting resource at MAI information kiosk/garden cart at mid day. Maintain log of comments and interested parties. (anticipated to be up to 90 minutes per day, five days/week including some weekends).
  3. Support MAI Children’s program as appropriate, possibly including special nature walks
  4. Support lecture series (scheduled during four nights) and other MAI events as appropriate.
  5. Handle periodic distribution of MAI materials (event notices, Outreach memos, etc) to Monhegan hotels and businesses.
  • Trail access and enjoyment.
  1. Lead minimum of one trail walk per week on trail of interest.
  2. Support trail maintenance as assigned, including Friday morning trail maintenance gatherings.
  3. Co-ordinate effective implementation of MAI “Adopt a Trail” program
  4. Maintain inventory/access to MAI tool shed.
  • Research (as time and resources permit).
  1. Centralize all Island research that has been conducted by visiting scientists on the topics of:
  1. Invasive species management. Note; has a lot of ins and outs that should be looked at. For example, how we go about most effectively managing the spread of invasives?
  2. Use of a various herbicides.

Format of employment: Independent contractor working on an hourly basis. At MAI’s discretion, the tasks described above may be performed by one or more individuals

Anticipated work period: July and August, 2012. Requisite training to provide information regarding Monhegan Associates, Monhegan Island and anticipated Nature Walks will be provided upon retention.

Anticipated time commitment: 200-300 hours; representing 20-30 hours per week

Compensation: $20/hour

Send expressions of interest and qualifications to:

info@monhegan  attention Clare Durst, Secretary

Copy to: Glenn Burdick, President: Monhegan Associates;

Finally! The dates and topics for the Ecology Lectures!!

The Ecology Lecture Series for 2012

Save these dates and research the topics if you wish!

July 18 – Kristen Lamb, Director, Center for Wildlife, Neddick ME
– The Birds & the Bats; Sharing Ecology of the Sea & Beyond

July 24 – Tristan Vis – Introduction to Permaculture

August 8 –  Lou Perrotti, Director of Conservation Programs, Roger Williams Park Zoo Bringing back the American Burying Beetle to Nantucket

August 15 – John Bunker, apple historian and author of Not Far From The Tree – A History of Apples in Maine.

As always, at the Schoolhouse at 7:30 pm. Monhegan Associates and children free, others $5.

There really IS a beaver!

And very busy he is, too. He has built a dam which has caused a flood on rte 1A between Little Whitehead and Whitehead. This is a very popular trail for those going around the island, but right now don’t plan on being able to traverse it. There will be signs on-island reminding you to ‘take an alternate route.’

Harry J Miller

We regret to share news of the April 13 passing of Harry Miller, a long time supporter and leader of Monhegan Associates who served as President 1999-2003. Harry fully embodied the ideals of the Associates community centric stewardship of Monhegan’s Wild Lands; may his  acumen, grace, wit and dedication to Monhegan continue to help guide us.

Membership Renewal

Hello from Clare – hope your winter’s going well.

You should have gotten your membership renewal by now.  I’ve been having trouble making the on-line MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL donation work right but please try it, email me at if you’re still having trouble. Or just use the Donate button to pay; i’ll put it in the right place.

And now is the time for calendar submissions. As always, send them to the link. I really need some new backside pics this year!  Thanks.