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March 2021

“Predators: The Balance of Nature” – a program by Chewonki

March 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

<strong><a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TXggChZwSFinhZAiI0VsOA">Register</a></strong> Scary, disgusting, wicked, vicious: predators have a rough reputation in our society. Chewonki’s program, “Predators: The Balance of Nature,” explores the many commonly held myths about predators and works to dispel them. Highlighting the remarkable adaptations that help predators find and consume their prey, the presentation will engage participants with a vivid slideshow and lively discussion. Chewonki’s presenter will use the lens of food webs and natural cycles to explore problems faced by predators in our world, including…

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April 2021

Saving Seabirds: New Lessons From Puffins Speaker: Dr. Stephen W. Kress

April 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

Register Worldwide, about one third of all seabird species are now globally threatened because of effects of invasive predatory mammals, marine pollution, coastal development and effects of climate change. Against this grim background, Dr. Kress’s presentation about the restoration of Maine seabirds offers hope and inspiration that people also have the capacity to bring seabirds back to some of their historic nesting places and to be better stewards of nesting islands and the essential forage fish which seabirds require. The…

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May 2021

Peregrine Falcon restoration in Acadia National Park and Highlights of the Cadillac Mountain Hawk Watch Speaker: Ranger Patrick Kark

May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Register As one of the first locations chosen to recover peregrine falcons, Acadia National Park has a storied history in the recovery of peregrine falcons. Join Ranger Patrick Kark as he discusses the success of the recovery project within the park and the reach Acadia’s falcons have had far outside Acadia’s borders. Acadia also hosts the Cadillac Mountain Hawkwatch which will be entering its 27th counting season in 2021. Learn more about the experience of hawkwatch on the highest mountain…

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September 2021

What You Should Know About the Threat of Aquatic Invaders in Maine – Speaker: Roberta Hill

September 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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What makes an organism invasive? What threats do invasive organisms pose to Maine’s native ecosystems? How do invasive aquatic species impact humans? What are the drivers behind introduction of invaders to Maine and the vectors exacerbating their spread within the state? What are some of the invasive species we are most concerned about here in Maine? What is Maine doing to address these concerns? Importantly, what can WE all do to help? In her talk, Roberta Hill, Invasive Species Program…

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October 2021

Ethical Questions for the Outdoor Naturalist – Speaker: Doug Hitchcox

October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Birding, and other wildlife observing, provides an intimate connection to nature that makes us better stewards of the environment and even provides us with wellness and mental health benefits, but through our pursuits, are we doing more harm than good? In this program, Maine Audubon’s Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will talk about many of the ethical issues that we confront as bird watchers, and dispel some of the myths that exist in our relationship with nature. Topics will range from:…

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November 2021

Unique Characteristics of Trees – Speaker: Patty Cormier

November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Why do trees have individual characteristics? Why is some bark smooth and some rough? Some light colored and some dark? Why are some leaves lobed and some smooth along the edges? Patty Cormier will answer many of these questions and more. This is, she says, one of her favorite topics. Patty Cormier was appointed as Maine State Forester in 2019. For the previous 20 years, she was a District Forester for the Maine Forest Service first in the mid coast,…

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March 2022

Invasive Plants in Maine by Hunter Manley

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center, UMF
Free

Hunter will be discussing invasive plants in Maine with a focus on their impact on wildlife and forestry. The growing prevalence of any of these species threatens the health of their host ecosystem, so identifying them early and planning for treatment is essential for maintaining productive habitat and forests. For the most common invasive plants in Western Maine photo examples of infestations and treatment will assist attendees in learning to identify and prevent the spread of these species. Hunter is…

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April 2022

Gardening to Please the Birds and the Bees by Gary Fish

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Classroom 101, Roberts Learning Center, UMF Farmington, ME 04938 United States + Google Map
Free

If you have read Dr. Doug Tallamy’s books Nature’s Best Hope, Bringing Nature home and The Living Landscape you understand the importance of incorporating native plants into our landscapes. Many of our gardens are filled with plants from Asian and Europe which our native insects do not recognize as food sources. The lack of these insect resources impacts the ability of our birds to raise their young. Gary will give an overview of these concerns and provide resources and ideas…

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May 2022

Annual Warbler Bird Walk

May 7 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Whistle Stop Trail Farmington,
Free

Whistle Stop Trail, 7 AM, May 7th, rain or shine. Meet in the parking lot at the trail head across the street from the West Farmington Post Office. Drive in a short distance to find the parking area. This year lead by Nick Leadley, wild life photographer and accomplished birder

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Maine’s Damselflies and Dragonflies by Ron Butler

May 11 @ 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 @ 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 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, UMF, 173 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
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Free

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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