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July 2019

An Evening with Moths at CREA

July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

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, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

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

Meet and Greet!

August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Duck Pub and Restaurant at Highland Green, 114 Village Drive
Topsham, ME
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Join us at The Duck Pub and meet CREA's new ED, Caroline Eliot. Get updated on CREA programs and support them at the same time. Ten percent of food and drink sales at The Duck support CREA programs on Tuesdays in August!

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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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Free

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! Bring your lunch to this Lunch & Learn gathering. Event is free but call 729-0757 to sign up so People Plus can plan for space needs. Caroline Eliot lives in Bowdoin where she keeps bees, chickens, and (mostly) native plantings. She loves spending time outdoors…

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Dedication of Rensenbrink Way

August 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map

The road to the Ecology Center is getting a name – Rensenbrink Way – to honor CREA’s Co-Founder, John Rensenbrink and celebrate his birthday! The community is invited to the Ecology Center as we formally dedicate the road at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 27. Learn about CREA’s roots and what we’re up to today. If you’ve never visited, it’s a great opportunity to tour the Ecology Center – our base for outdoor teaching and learning. After the dedication, join…

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September 2019

Nature Cruise on Merrymeeting Bay and the Kennebec River

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St
Bath, ME
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Cruise the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay with CREA              Our Cruise is full! Additional tickets may be available from Maine Maritime Museum's website. 

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Bogs and Fens and Mires, Oh My: The Ecology of the Heath

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Did you know that Topsham has a ‘heath,’ related to the moors found in Great Britain? Master Naturalist Fred Cichocki will describe the ecology of the 12-acre heath located at Cathance Rive Nature Preserve in Topsham and other sphagnum moss wetlands. Enhance your fall excursion to Topsham's Heath by learning about this unique ecosystem. Fred Cichocki (Ph.D., University of Michigan) has investigated and taught evolutionary biology and ecology at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, with an…

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October 2019

Mushroom or Toadstool? Introduction to the world of macrofungi (no matter what they’re called!)

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States

Learn about the basic physiology and ecology of forest fungi in this walk designed for 'beginner mushroom enthusiasts.' Our leaders will introduce participants to methods for identifying fungi as we observe them and collect specimens. Leaders Delmar Small and Teague Morris have been observing and identifying mushrooms for over ten years. They have been active in the Maine Mycological Association and serve as part of the fungi recording team for the annual conference of the Northeast Mycological Federation. The walk…

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

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

This event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather from Saturday, September 7th to Sunday, October 6th, 2019. 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…

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CREA Fall Photography Walk

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States

NEW DATE due to rainy forecast!  Join CREA Photographer Laureate James McCarthy for the latest in a series of popular outdoor photography experiences. With early fall colors brightening the Cathance Preserve, Jim will share his secrets for creative nature photography. Whether you are new to the art of photography or an old hand, there is always something new to learn and the natural world at the Preserve is always changing. Please read Jim’s excellent guide Photographing in Nature here and…

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