Director of Education and Community Science Sarah Gladu and cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of Salt Bay Chamberfest, explore the intersection and interplay of music and nature.
Ms. Smith shares music videos from a project entitled “Harmony on Land and Sea” that she embarked on during the COVID lockdown with cinematographer Joseph Zizzo. In the videos, Ms. Smith performs solo cello music in beautiful settings you might recognize: Seal Cove Shore Preserve, Round Pond Harbor, and Pemaquid Point.
Join Coastal Rivers for an online discussion with “Beaver Believer” Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Goldfarb, an environmental journalist, discusses the history of this world-changing species; how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change; how we can coexist with this challenging but vital rodent; and how our modern conception of a healthy ecosystem is flawed.
Join author and terrestrial ecologist Tom Wessels for an online program on interpreting the history of the woodlands — whether they were once open agricultural land, impacted by wind events, fires, or logging — as well as unique plant adaptations and interesting coevolved interrelationships among the woodland species we might encounter.
Beavers are great engineers whose constructions create wetlands that provide habitat for many other species. But how do we prevent them from causing damage to human property? With Skip Lisle of Beaver Deceivers International.
What role can we play in the restoration of the American Chestnut? Dr. Don Davis joins us online to explore the fascinating ecological and cultural history of this stately tree as well as potential for its future.
Join Aliesha Black to learn about her day-to-day work as a Forest Ranger. Whether dangling from a helicopter rescuing a hiker on a remote peak, using infrared technology to search for wildfires, enforcing natural resources laws, or on patrol in Knox and Lincoln County, work is never dull for Aliesha.
Join Ag Allies program staff Laura Lecker and Maeve McGowan for a presentation about Maine’s grassland birds, the threats they face, and how farmers, landowners, and land trusts can help protect them. Laura and Maeve touch on the life history of Bobolinks and Savannah sparrows, population trends, and the dynamic relationship between grassland bird conservation and agriculture.
Though our in-person event was not to be this year, we celebrated in style with an online event. One great benefit of the online format is that we have a recording for those who missed it!
Board President Joel Russ and Treasurer Bob Barkalow offer some brief remarks, followed by a slideshow presentation by Executive Director Steven Hufnagel. Hear about highlights from the past year and a half as well as projects we’re working on right now.
Our volunteers are what make our work possible. We couldn’t do nearly as much as we do in land conservation, water quality monitoring, and education without the many passionate people who give their time.
In this recorded program Coastal Rivers staff run through the variety of volunteer opportunities available and how to sign up. There is a job for every interest, whether it’s monitoring water quality, stewardship, handy-work, hospitality, nature education, or photography!
New lessons from puffins and terns Hear from Dr. Stephen Kress and Dr. Don Lyons about seabird restoration in Maine. The story of how a colony of Atlantic puffins was restored off the coast of Maine offers hope and inspiration at a time when many seabird species worldwide are threatened because of invasive predatory mammals, marine pollution, and the effects of climate change. Dr. Kress provides examples of how methods he developed for bringing puffins back to Maine are helping to create new colonies of endangered seabirds around the world. Dr. Lyons shares how restored colonies of puffins and terns are …
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