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July 2019

An Evening with Moths at CREA

July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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David Reed is a retired professor who has rekindled his childhood interest in bugs. With a good macro lens and lots of patience he has photographed and identified over a thousand species of moths. Most of these were found just by turning on the porch light and waiting for the moths to land on the wall. For our Moth Evening , plan to arrive at dusk (around 8:00 P.M.) on July 26 and walk down the path to the Ecology…

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The Fungus Among Us: A Mushroom Discovery Walk

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Most people are familiar with many aspects of animals and plants, but did you know there’s another major kingdom of life that’s vital to the ecology? Did you know that fungi make up 90% of the biomass of forest soils? Did you know that at least 90% of vascular land plants (including most of our forest trees) depend upon symbiotic fungi for their health and survival? Join Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans to explore the mushrooms of Cathance River Nature…

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August 2019

The Magic and Mystery of Honeybees (and Wild Bees!)

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
People Plus, 35 Union St.
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Bees are fascinating creatures! Learn about the magical world of these industrious creatures, what they do (besides making honey) that benefits us, and what it’s like to be a beginner beekeeper with no prior experience! Caroline Eliot lives in Bowdoin where she keeps bees, chickens, and (mostly) native plantings. She loves spending time outdoors and is an enthusiastic observer of nature, but considers herself only an amateur naturalist.  She has worked in land conservation and natural resource planning in Maine…

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September 2019

Exploring the Forests of Lilliput – Elfin World of Lichens and Mosses

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Jeff Pengel was trained as a botanist and geologist at The University of Akron. Jeff taught earth science and biology in an urban Cincinnati Ohio public school. He also worked many seasons as an outdoor educator for Nature's Classroom in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jeff now volunteers as a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club at many of their facilities. He is a Maine Master Naturalist instructor and actively volunteers for that program and at many Maine land trusts. For this…

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October 2019

Lessons from Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center: a citizen’s guide to helping the birds of Maine

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Attendees to this fascinating presentation will learn the common reasons why birds are admitted to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom as well as what public citizens can do to help our local birds.   Laura Suomi-Lecker is Education and Outreach Coordinator and long-time volunteer with Avian Haven. Ms. Lecker will highlight, with slides and videos, the effort and dedication required to rehabilitate eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds. The presentation includes instances of the…

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