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September 2018

History of the Cathance River Preserve

September 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Ecology Center

Dana Cary and Susan Sorg will present and discuss key historical activities in the area, beginning with Native American uses of the river, the naming of the Cathance, the early settlement of Topsham, and the importance of waterways to the settlers. They will discuss early business activity in Topsham and the business “boom” in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s related to the timber resources in the area and ship building. They will include information about the feldspar quarry pits…

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Nature Sketching for Everyone

September 11, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ecology Center

This is an introductory workshop for anyone who has thought of capturing nature with simple drawings and keeping a sketchbook for their own pleasure.  NO previous drawing experience is necessary.  Our goal is to learn to see more deeply or in a new way, while experiencing nature. We will be doing some guided work indoors as well as outside, weather permitting.  Bring a sketchbook (no smaller than 6” x 8”), #2 pencil, black pen and eraser; other materials will be…

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Ecology — A New Way to Pose Alternatives

September 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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John Rensenbrink, co-founder of CREA (Cathance River Education Alliance) and Professor Emeritus of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College, will offer a talk on Tuesday, September 18 at the Topsham Public Library, 6:30-7:30 pm. He will speak on “Ecology - A New Way To Pose Alternatives,” drawing from his newly published book "Ecological Politics For Survival and Democracy.” The book at the reduced price of $25 will be available to be signed by the author. Our nation and the…

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Geology Walk

September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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This walk will focus on the local geology of the Cathance River Preserve with an emphasis on the minerals and rocks visible in historic quarry pits. This program will offer a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind the geological features that can be seen close to the trails and along the banks of the Cathance River.  Dr. Rachel Beane is a Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College. Her research uses mineral compositions and textures to understand solid earth…

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October 2018

Exploring Nature with a Camera

October 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Nature photography - what could be easier, when we live in such an impressive place? The ever-changing world outside our door beckons us with its beauty daily. Yet, as anyone knows who’s had the experience of photographing a beautiful sunset only to be disappointed with the end result, making a truly memorable landscape photograph is not easy. Brunswick photographer James McCarthy will share in this workshop 10 ways of exploring nature with a camera — exercises to open up one’s mind and heart…

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Tuesday Walks – October 23rd Heath Trail

October 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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For Those Who Want to Experience the Preserve’s Trails, But Don’t Want to Hike Alone. Join Lisa Durrell in a leisurely hike on the trails of the Preserve. The goals are to enjoy October and to get people out to experience the trails. All walks are about 1 ¼ miles and will include a few natural history stops, based on the interests and size of the group. Lisa Durrell, a CREA Board Member, spent over 30 years in the classroom,…

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The Secret Reproductive Life of Plants

October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Dr. Vlad Douhovnikoff, Associate Professor of Biology at Bowdoin College will present a talk on plant ecology. Did you know that clonal reproduction is widespread and contributes in important ways to the ecology of plants?  Clonal plants are everywhere.  By some estimates they make up 40% to 70% of our planet’s flora. They dominate grasslands, deserts, wetlands, and tundras. They comprise some of our most important crops, some of the most invasive species, the oldest known plants, the tallest trees,…

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Tuesday Walks – October 30th: Cathance River Trail

October 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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For Those Who Want to Experience the Preserve’s Trails, But Don’t Want to Hike Alone. Join Lisa Durrell in a leisurely hike on the trails of the Preserve. The goals are to enjoy October and to get people out to experience the trails. All walks are about 1 ¼ miles and will include a few natural history stops, based on the interests and size of the group. Lisa Durrell, a CREA Board Member, spent over 30 years in the classroom,…

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November 2018

A Scientist and an Artist Met in a Wood

November 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Never before an artist Barbara Snapp began to paint and to write poetry and found that she had a new avenue into nature.  Barbara continues to satisfy her scientific curiosity by participating in Project Feederwatch, serving on the Downeast Coastal Conservancy stewardship committee and CREA’s advisory committee, and teaching science-focused enrichment courses at Midcoast Senior College.  Now her curiosity is also informed by and expressed creatively in art.  Barbara’s talk on Tuesday, November 27 will explore how the two worlds…

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January 2019

Winter Photography Walk

January 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Brunswick photographer James McCarthy will lead a photography trek at the Cathance River Nature Preserve that’s inspired, in part, by Thomas Merton’s  poem “Love Winter When the Plant Says Nothing.” Merton would have been the first to admit, I think, that his poem’s title is somewhat facetious. Even in winter, buried under snow, plants are saying something, even if it’s the equivalent of a quiet whisper, “I’m waiting for spring.” Even in winter, then, there’s much to explore photographically in…

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