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May 2022

Maine’s Damselflies and Dragonflies by Ron Butler

May 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center, UMF
Free

This presentation will begin with a general overview of the evolution, ecology, and behavior of damselflies and dragonflies (Order Odonata). This will be followed by a brief survey of some of Maine’s 161 known odonate species. Finally, conservation concerns for this important group of insects will be discussed, and resources to facilitate contributions by community members interested in furthering our understanding of Maine’s odonate fauna will be explored. Dr. Ron Butler retired in 2021 as Emeritus Professor at the University…

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New – Bird Walk on Perham Stream Birding Trail

May 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Madird, Maine
Free

Perham Stream Birding Trail, 8:00am, May14th. This walk will be led by Nick Ledley and is cosponsored by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. For further information and directions

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September 2022

Loons – speaker Dr. Mark Pokras

September 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Photo Credit – Margaret Gompper/Audubon Photography Awards Dr. Pokres, a graduate of Cornell and Tufts University will be speaking on new research findings concerning loons: their behaviors, their reaction to environmental stress, and threats to their well-being. A retired member of the faculty at Tufts, he regularly consults for a variety of private, state, and federal wildlife and environmental agencies. He has been doing mortality research on loons since 1987and is widely recognized for this work on lead poisoning. Please…

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October 2022

Snow Birds: Following our Winged Friends in Winter – Dr. Sally Stockwell

October 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Snow Bunting - Photo credit - Nick Leadley This has been rescheduled from 11/9. Dr. Ron Butler will give his talk on lichens now on 11/9. Are you a snowbird? Do you head south during the winter in search of sunny, warm weather with plentiful fresh local fruits and vegetables? Just like human snowbirds, many of “our” birds head south for the winter as well. Come join Sally Stockwell, Director of Conservation at Maine Audubon, to learn about the travels…

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November 2022

Maine Lichens – Dr. Ronald Butler

November 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Photo Credit - Dr.Butler This talk was rescheduled from 10/12 This presentation will provide a general overview of the evolution, morphology, and physiology of lichens. The ecological role of lichens in terrestrial ecosystems with be discussed, and the uses of lichens by animals (including humans) will be explored. A brief survey of some common Maine foliose, fruticose, squamulose, and crustose lichens will be presented, and some key references for lichen identification will be highlighted. Dr. Ron Butler retired in 2021…

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March 2023

Great Blue Herons in Maine – Speaker: Danielle D’Auria

March 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Phote Credit _SherrieTucker Speaker: Danielle D’Auria Did you ever wonder where Maine’s Great Blue Herons go in winter, and what path they travel to get there? Since 2016, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has deployed lightweight GPS tracking devices on Great Blue Herons to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. This technology has revealed impressive migrations sometimes over long stretches of open ocean and for over 60 hours non-stop to Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti!…

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April 2023

The State of Maine’s Lakes and What You Can Do To Help – Speaker: Susan Gallo

April 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Photo Credit shutterstock_1445166614. Maine has over 2,500 Great Ponds. The vast majority of them are in great shape, due in large part to strong shoreland zoning laws that protect fragile lakeside habitat and to motivated homeowners who work to make sure their properties protect lakes. However, many of Maine’s lakes are at risk of losing their clean, clear water and many associated recreational, habitat, and economic values. These lakes are at a tipping point, pushed there by stormwater that carries…

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May 2023

Annual Warbler Walk

May 6, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Whistle Stop Trail Farmington, + Google Map
Free

Join us for this AM walk led by Nick Leadley (www.touchthewildphotos.com) on the Whistle Stop Trail

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Butterflies of Maine

May 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Dining Hall, UMF
Free

The Distribution and Ecology of the Butterflies of Maine This talk will center around the findings presented in the Butterflies of Maine and Maritime Provinces, to be published this fall by the Cornell University Press. This publication is based on a citizen-science project (the Maine Butterfly Survey or MBS) with field work conducted between 2003 and 2019. Many WMAS members contributed to the project. We'll begin with a description of the distinguishing features of the five families of butterflies found…

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September 2023

Owls of Maine and the Maine Owl Pellet Project

September 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Speaker: Zach Olson The Maine Owl Pellet Project (MOPP) is a collaboration between the University of New England, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that aims to engage the public and promote crowdsourced science to better understand the diet of Maine’s owls and the distribution and composition of the small mammal community on which they prey, including the threatened northern bog lemming, to inform conservation efforts. The talk will combine…

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October 2023

Rising Seas and Warming Waters: climate stresses to Gulf of Maine marine species

October 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Speakers: Dr Hannah Baranes, and Andrew Allyn The Gulf of Maine has one of the most biologically productive marine ecosystems in the world. It is also warming faster than 96% of the world’s oceans and experiencing rates of sea level rise higher than the global average. These changes place numerous stresses on Gulf of Maine marine species, particularly colonial nesting seabirds that use Maine’s coastal islands for nesting habitat and rely on marine resources to feed themselves and their young.…

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November 2023

Wildlife Tracking in Maine

November 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Speaker: Charles Hulsey (Chuck) Chuck will share wildlife tracking and species ID tips and techniques that he has used over the years while doing winter wildlife tracking surveys for lynx, bobcat, pine marten, and fisher. These techniques allow for accurate identification of the owner’s tracks, even if of poor quality, which is commonly the case. I took the attached picture will doing Canada lynx surveys in western Maine. The tracks were filled in but could be identified from a hundred…

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