November 21, 2014
This past Monday I spent a few hours on Cow Island, a 58 acre uninhabited island in the Androscoggin just downstream from our house. I was there on a monitoring visit for the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, which now owns the island. (I’m a member of the Land Trust’s Board of Directors.) We have to visit each of our properties at least once a year to see that the terms of their preservation are being respected and to see if there are any non-man-made changes taking place.
It’s called Cow Island because farmers used to drive cows across the river onto the island at low tide and leave them there to graze. There’s a meadow at the center of the island. There are also towering silver maples and stands of birch trees. Cow Island is now being invaded by honeysuckle and Japanese knotwood. They make the walking difficult. Still, it is a beautiful island, fairly flat and often flooded in parts. Several channels allow the river to cut into the island.