A Company of Girls’ Citizen Artist/Scientist Project at Gilsland Farm

This past fall, A Company of Girls embarked on a yearlong Citizen Artist/Scientist project at the Audubon wildlife sanctuary of Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.  We are so excited and grateful to be collaborating with Maine Audubon in this initiative which aims to give these urban girls an opportunity to create art and build friendships in nature.  

 

Each of the ten girls, aged 11-14, marked a quadrant of field or woods with yarn (about 8’x8’) in the West Meadow, with the Presumpscot River estuary as a constant, epic, backdrop.  

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April 8, 2018

 

We saw, while driving in, Chris the biologist who studies woodchucks and Davida the beekeeper, two definitive signs of Spring at Gilsland Farm!  

Upon arrival, the girls dispersed to their quadrants to make notes in their logs regarding the seasonal changes they could...

February 14, 2018

On February 14 we ventured into the woods at Gilsland Farm with the citizen scientist mission of conducting a conifer count.  

We chose one trail to focus on and divided it into five mapped out sections.

The girls formed research teams of two. Each group, equipped with...

January 29, 2018

On January 29 the girls revisited their quadrants and recorded their phenological observations in their field logs.  They also did shadow drawings, tracing the outline of plant shadows captured on paper under the sun. Photography played a large role in this visit....

November 29, 2017

Today the girls revisited their plots to notice the seasonal changes, aka phenology.  

Ceiba and Hana took photographs of the landscape and fellow Citizen Artist/Scientists, while Alyssia made an impromptu Andy Goldsworthy-esque nature sculpture hanging from a tree in h...

October 23, 2017

The girls continued exploring, and then each girl chose the quadrant of land they will be observing.


Rosie's Journal Entry - 10/23/17
 

They then created pastel drawings of their impressions of the landscape.

Ceiba's Journal Entry - 10/23/17
 

Stella's - 10/23/1...

October 18, 2017

Today we kicked off our year-long project/collaboration with the Maine Audubon.

[Ceiba's 10/18/17 Journal Entry]
“Today was October 18.  It was warm and sunny, we went on a nature walk.  

Then we were going to set up our areas, but we were too tired

so we just went...

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