The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg, Maine, is an extraordinary 600-acre property protected for conservation, research, and education–and a five-star favorite destination for Chewonki students and staff. So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that two Chewonki souls, albeit previously strangers to each other, had a chance encounter there this spring.
Former Chewonki President Don Hudson, who serves as a public trustee of the non-profit corporation that oversees the land, was attending a meeting there when he ran into Bates College senior Isobel Curtis (Maine Coast Semester 48).
“Isobel introduced herself and said she’d spent the best four month of her life at Chewonki,” says Hudson, who was delighted by the chance encounter. Throughout her college years, Curtis had regularly visited Morse Mountain to study the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect decimating hemlock and spruce trees in the eastern U.S.