What Am I Looking At?
You are looking at the Batson River. Though you can barely see the river in the summer when it is dry, you can see where the river overflows during wet season and keeps the ground wet. Though this creates many dead trees, they are still great habitats for birds, bugs, and other animals who thrive in this environment.
Signs of a Healthy River
Otters spotted along the river signify that the river has a healthy ecosystem.
Otters are called an "indicator species." This means that the otter is a sign of a healthy environment. Otters are very sensitive and refuse to live anywhere that doesn't have a constant supply of food, or in a habitat that contains pollution.
Otters mostly eat fish, but will also eat crayfish, frogs, salamanders, clams, snails, turtles, birds, and insects. Otters like to eat the brook trout that are found in the Batson River. Female brook trout build nests (called redds) out of gravel on the bottom of streams to lay their eggs in.
Freshwater Brook Trout
The Batson River is located 3.1 miles from downtown Kennebunkport. It runs 6.4 miles long, with perennial streams that total over 15 miles in length. The largest portions of the coastal wetlands are at the mouth of the Batson where it is classified as a minor coastal river.
Courtesy Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Keep your eyes open for beaver trees in the area. See if you can find up to three trees on your way to the next sign!
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