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February 2020

GMOW – Cathance River Nature Preserve Snowshoe or Hike

February 17, 2020
Cathance River Nature Preserve, 28 Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, Maine
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Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) by joining us for a fun afternoon winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Nature Preserve, co-sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Mountain Club. Maine AMC's Michelle will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the Preserve trails, one of her favorite hikes in the area. Trails will lead us down to the river where ice formations can be magical in winter. We will follow the river, doing…

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Connecting to the Natural World with Nordic Skis and a Passport

February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Tyler DeAngelis, a Maine native, Bowdoin alum ('15), and CREA Board Member discusses how Nordic ski racing allowed him to explore his own backyard in Maine and the natural world abroad while ski racing across Europe and Asia. In addition to talking about nordic skiing, competitive racing, and travel in the context of nature, Tyler will also discuss what he learned from other cultures' relationships with the environment. This talk will include pictures, videos, and stories from Tyler's racing and…

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March 2020

Spring StoryWalk® Animal Tracks & Track Craft – POSTPONED, to be rescheduled

March 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map

  This event has been cancelled. Please check back for updates - we will reschedule when conditions are appropriate. CREA is posting outdoor and nature-themed activities to do with your children while you sequester at home. Find links to them on our social media and News. Join CREA on Thursday, March 26th for a morning of exploring the forest of the Cathance River Nature Preserve and the CREA Ecology Center with your little(s) from 10am-11:30am. We’ll gather at 10:00am at…

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April 2020

Seabirds to Pollinators: Research and Art at Bowdoin’s Scientific Station on Kent Island ONLINE EVENT

April 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online event United States

This talk will be LIVE-STREAMED with the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. REGISTER BELOW to receive details and a link to watch and participate online on April 28th.   The scientific station on Kent Island (New Brunswick, Canada) was founded by Bowdoin College in 1936. Since then Kent Island has been an active research station involving students and faculty from US and Canadian institutions working on eiders, marine ecology, Leach’s storm-petrels, savannah sparrows, forest ecology, tree swallows, and…

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May 2020

What’s Hiding in Vernal Pools LIVE STREAM

May 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join BSC Group's Senior Ecologist, Matt Burne, on an exploration of the fascinating wildlife that can be found in vernal pool habitats across the Northeast. Wade into the wonders of wee beasties and salamanders congressing, and learn about the biodiversity found in vernal pools. Learn what 'Big Night' is (it's not a movie starring Tony Shaloub!) in the world of amphibians! Matt Burne is a Senior Ecologist with the BSC Group Ecological Unit. For the last 15 years, he was…

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June 2020

CREA Annual Meeting – LIVE STREAM

June 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Join the CREA Board and staff for our annual gathering of the membership to review highlights of the past year, elect Officers and Directors of the Board, vote on revised bylaws, and enjoy some fun and inspiration. We can't gather in person, but we still want to see you! We're planning to enliven the gathering with some interactive nature trivia questions  and, technology willing, short video vignettes from a few members of the CREA family. You'll meet our wonderfully talented…

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September 2020

Fall Nature Photography Walk – FULL

September 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Head of Tide Park, Cathance Road, Topsham Topsham, 04086 United States

Jim McCarthy will lead his popular fall walk for photography enthusiasts on Sunday, September 20 (rain date – Sept. 27). The walk will be held at Head of Tide Park. Jim will lead the group in an intensive photographic exploration of the area around the dam, followed by a short walk on the trail. The walk will be re-scheduled to the rain date in case of a downpour, but will take place in light precipitation. Jim says some of his…

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The Wildlands of Monhegan Island

September 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bowdoin Biology Professor Barry Logan will share milestone events in the ecology of The Wildlands of Monhegan Island along with artistic representations down through the ages.

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November 2020

Common Loons in Maine

November 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates will share his extensive knowledge of loons, beginning with background on natural history and some fascinating loon facts (surprises promised!). Also, learn how citizen science is playing a new and important role in loon conservation efforts in Maine through Lee’s collaborative projects with lake associations. Want to get involved? Citizen volunteers are key to developing a sustainable program. Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are needed and welcome! Lee Attix is Director of Loon Conservation Associates…

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December 2020

Fire on the Maine Landscape

December 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online event United States

We've all watched in horror as wildfires blackened millions of acres out west, leaving many homeless and destroying habitat on an unprecedented scale. Join us to learn what role fire has played in Maine's landscape across the millennia and how it can be used as a management tool to facilitate agriculture, reduce fire danger, maintain rare habitat, and more. We'll also learn whether changes to Maine's climate are affecting the risk of fire and associated need for more active land…

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