The Wildlands of Monhegan Island – Virtual Presentation
September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn how science, art and history have informed each other on Monhegan Island through dynamic decades of deforestation, recovery and resilience. Eastern dwarf mistletoe, a diminutive plant parasite, can kill a mature white spruce in a matter of years. Along the coast of Maine, many spruce stands arose after successful recolonization of pastureland abandoned near the end of the 19th century.
On Monhegan Island, artistic luminaries such as Rockwell Kent captured sapling trees experiencing decline in our day, via a causal chain of events we have begun to unravel. Bowdoin Biology Professor Barry Logan will share milestone events in the ecology of Monhegan Island wildlands along with artistic representations down through the ages. He will share his optimism and awe over the dynamic and resilient forests we live in and around. This presentation will be presented via Zoom.