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October 2018

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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February 2019

Cathance River Snowshoe/Hike – Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

February 11

NEW DATE! Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend by joining us for a fun morning winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Preserve. We will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the trails at the Preserve. The trails will lead us down to the river where the ice formations can be magical in the winter. We will follow along the river and do as many trail sections as the group is up to.…

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Cathance River Preserve Snowshoe for the 50+ crowd – GMOW

February 15
CREA Ecology Center, Barnes Leap Loop
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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This outing is geared to active seniors (but open to all) who love to get outside in our winter wonderland. The pace will be geared to the group's abilities as a whole. Ideally some experience snowshoeing or hiking with microspikes is helpful, but anyone with proper gear and ability are welcome. (Snowshoes are available if needed - contact leader to discuss). The group will have a choice of doing the trails along the river or around the heath.  After the…

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Full Snow Moon Snowshoe & Nordic Ski

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Highland Green Golf Club, 114 Evergreen Circle
TOPSHAM, ME 04086 United States
Free

Join CREA for a family friendly snowshoe & ski event under the glowing full snow moon! All ages and ability levels are welcome. "Traditionally, the Moon we see in February is called the Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons. And the Native Americans were right. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National…

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Maine Forests: Using the Past to Imagine the Future

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Free

Using a diverse array of historical and ecological evidence, Professor Barton will discuss the past, present, and future of the forests of New England, with a focus on Maine. Including photos and selections from Barton’s books The Changing of Nature in the Maine Woods and Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests in Eastern North America, this presentation at the Topsham Public Library will discuss the divergent possible paths for the future and the importance of older forests in promoting…

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March 2019

Mt Ararat Student Research on the Cathance River Nature Preserve

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Throughout the fall of 2018, Honors Biology students from Mt Ararat High School made weekly visits to the Preserve to conduct research on a range of topics.  Working in 6 small groups, they chose research questions and collected scientific data. Projects included learning about the heath, the river, salamanders, fishless lakes/vernal pools, mammals, and forest growth. In addition to the guidance of their teacher, Glenn Evans, projects were mentored by local specialists, including Fred Cichocki, Kevin Doran, Kelly Waddle, Daniel…

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Stories from Earth

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College

Fiery volcanic eruptions, earth-shattering quakes, and continents on the move have forged the planet we call home. Take a journey from mid-coast Maine to Russia and New Zealand with geoscientist Rachel Beane. She will share captivating photos from the field, and from the microscope, as we explore the processes that have shaped our planet for millions of years. In so doing, we also will learn how the tiniest of minerals record some of Earth’s biggest stories.  Dr. Rachel Beane, Ann…

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