May 6, 2021
The trail bridge crosses the Spurwink Marsh as a connector between the Town Center Trail and the Gull Crest trail system. The roughly 200-yard span provides a connector between the Town Center Trail and the Gull Crest trail system as well as a close-up view of a tidal salt marsh ecosystem. From this central lookout point, the marsh stretches east towards Cape Elizabeth High School and west towards Spurwink Marsh and the Town Farm field. The river rises and falls with the tides and is surrounded by salt hay and cattails. Photos from the bridge will be used to monitor seasonal change in the ecosystem and capture marsh migration as sea levels rise in the coming years. This bridge is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth as a connector between the Town Center Trail and the Gull Crest trail system.
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.