May 28, 2021
Pond Cove is a quaint rock beach on the right side of Shore Road. The cove is about 100 yards long and is home to large tide pools at low tide and large waves at high tide. This ecosystem is teeming with life, including a thick bed of rockweed, lots of marine organisms, and visiting waterfowl. A 2015 report from Casco Bay Estuary Partnership identified Pond Cove as one of two sections of Cape Elizabeth's rocky coast that are most likely to impacted by rising sea levels. Photos taken at this post will help to document changes in tidal patterns as well as the ripple effects of those changes. In particular, this post will help record changes to habitat, such as marsh migration. The section of Pond Cove adjacent to Shore Road is owned and protected by Cape Elizabeth Land Trust as part of Robinson Woods Preserve. Learn more at https://capelandtrust.org/.
The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust maintains four photo monitoring stations to enable citizen science monitoring of environmental changes in our local ecosystems. Through these locations and accompanying education programs, we hope to foster climate change literacy, scientific engagement, and connections to nature in our community. This project began in 2021 with financial support from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. CELT is part of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative Climate Change Observatory (CCO) Network, a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long‐term climate change trends. The program brings people with various perspectives and knowledge together to co‐learn about climate change and adaptation.