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March 2019

Forests of Lilliput – The Miniature World of Lichens and Mosses

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Join CREA and Presenter Jeff Pengel at the Topsham Public Library for a talk on a variety of natural history topics on lichens, mosses and similar plants. While these organisms often go unnoticed, they occur in surprising abundance, especially in Maine. Featuring closeup photography, topics will explore these organisms' unique, and sometimes startling, adaptations that have allowed them to survive for many hundreds of millions of years in some of the most extreme conditions on earth. Jeff was trained as…

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April 2019

Protecting Maine’s Environment: An Insider’s View of Progress & Challenges

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Join CREA for a presentation about the most significant environmental opportunities and challenges facing Maine at the state and federal levels. Pete Didisheim, Natural Recourses Council of Maine’s Advocacy Director, will provide an insider’s view on environmental policy being discussed in the Maine State House. He also will describe challenges we face from proposed rollbacks of environmental safeguards. Didisheim is one of Maine’s top experts on environmental policy, with more than two decades of experience at the Natural Resources Council…

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Population & Consequences to the Environment

April 24 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Highland Green Community Center, 7 Evergreen Circle
Topsham, ME 04086
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John Seager is President and Chief Executive Officer of the national organization Population Connection and an expert on environmental issues.  Today there are over 7 billion human inhabitants of our planet; by 2050 there will be 10 billion.  John's talk will detail environmental impacts of expanding human population. His extensive background includes work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a Congressional aide. Seager served under seven-term U.S. Representative Peter Kostmayer of Pennsylvania, succeeding him in 2005 as President of…

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May 2019

Cathance River Education Alliance: Annual Meeting

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St.
Topsham, ME 04086
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Wildflower Photography Walk

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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What can we learn from a wildflower? That’s the common interest of Lisa Durrell and James McCarthy, who will lead a spring wildflower walk along the Heath Trail within the Cathance River Nature Preserve in Topsham on Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Heath Loop Trail, which is just under a mile and is mostly flat, encircles the preserve’s unique 30-acre heath preserve. At this time of year it’s likely to offer opportunities to see lady slippers,…

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Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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The Center for Wildlife will present Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night.  Beautiful owl ambassadors show off their adaptations for night hunting.  Learn about the variety of New England species, their habitats, diets, calls, and tips on how to spot them in the wild.  Educators will also focus on their importance in balancing prey populations, current challenges, and how to help. Using amazing non-releasable animal ambassadors and interactive displays, the phenomenal adaptations of owls will be explored and discovered.  This hour long…

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June 2019

Cathance River Nature Preserve: Invasive Species Walk

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Come learn about invasive plants with Margaret Gerber at the Cathance River Nature Preserve and beyond during a guided walk where we will identify and learn about invasive plants at the Preserve and discuss ways to manage and remove them. Margaret Gerber is the Stewardship Manager for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT). When not on the job mapping, managing, and removing invasive plants on BTLT lands, Margaret battles the invasives in her own backyard and volunteers as a Plant Conservation…

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Fiddleheads and Fronds: Looking at Ferns

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Join Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel to explore the ferns of the Cathance River Nature Preserve. Jeff will emphasize the natural history, ecology, and unique biology of the ferns and allies we encounter. He will also give identification tips for the various species encountered. Be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking gear. Cameras welcome! 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.…

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Water: What it Has to Teach Us

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Fascinating under-water creatures surround us. CREA (Cathance River Education Alliance) and Ferda Farms, LLC team up in a mother-and-son presentation -- both are dedicated to preserving our local waterways and using them to teach.  Pat (Friedman) Bobker will share amazing facts about the fresh water component of CREA's beloved enviro-classes for kids K-8 and grownups of all ages. CREA’s ecology center is located in the stunning Cathance River Nature Preserve at Highland Green, open to the public.  Ferda Farms, LLC…

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July 2019

Intro to the World of Birds & Birding (for Youth!)

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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​Join Bowdoin College student and lifelong naturalist Brendan Murtha for an introduction into world of birds and birding, learning some of the local species you might see or hear in the Topsham area. This walk will focus on developing basic bird identification skills and understanding what you see and hear. The process will be broken down into simple components, teaching beginners how to keen in on useful clues in plumage, sound, behavior and context. Walk is tailored for elementary and…

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