Naturalist Perrin Concerned About Sea Level Rise in Taunton Bay

BAR HARBOR — Steve Perrin of Bar Harbor, a naturalist who learned everything he knows by observation, has been keeping an eye on Taunton Bay, which borders Hancock and Sullivan, since 1987. He says the sea level is rising at a faster rate than in years past.


Whether that is due to global warming, says Perrin, is best left to the experts. However, he knows of at least five Hancock homeowners on Taunton Bay who have taken measures to protect their shoreline.

A former photography and humanities teacher, Perrin was a founding member of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy and a founder of Friends of Taunton Bay.

He recently was awarded the Art Longard Gulf Volunteer Award for 2009 by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. One such award is given each year to a citizen worker in a state bordering the Gulf of Maine (Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada).

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