Events & Updates

Upcoming Events

April 17, 2024: Bats of Maine

Date: April 17, 2024
Time: 5:00 PM

Organization/Partners: Seven Lakes Alliance
Location: 137 Main St, Belgrade Lakes, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Cory Stearns

April 22, 2024: Monitoring Maine's Great Blue Herons

Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM

Did you ever wonder where Maine's Great Blue Herons go in winter, and what path they travel to get there? Since 2016, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has deployed lightweight GPS tracking devices on Great Blue Herons to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. This technology has revealed impressive migrations sometimes over long stretches of open ocean and for over 60 hours non-stop to Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti! Hear all about these majestic birds, how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 15 years, and how students are integral to tracking their movements within and beyond state lines.

Organization/Partners: Curtis Memorial Library
Location: 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Danielle D'Auria

April 23, 2024: Maine Butterflies: Biology and Conservation

Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 2:30 PM

Organization/Partners: Camden Public Library
Location: 55 Main St, Camden, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Phillip deMaynadier

April 24, 2024: Coastal Habitat Conservation for Climate Resilience (for coastal communities)

Date: April 24, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Corinne Michaud-LeBlanc, Climate Coordinator for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife's Beginning with Habitat program will provide an overview of conservation planning tools and strategies for a changing climate, and suggestions for how to use them. This presentation will highlight salt marsh ecosystems and salt marsh sparrows. Pete Slovinsky, Marine Geologist with Maine Geological Survey, will discuss how climate change is impacting vulnerable dune habitat in the state, and recommend conservation actions for communities with this habitat.

Please join us for this free Zoom event focused on long-term planning tools and strategies that support natural solutions for resilient habitat. These virtual Casco Bay Coastal Academy (CBCA) workshops are brought to you by Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Maine Sea Grant, and R1CC. CBCA aims to build the knowledge base of municipal board members and staff about critical coastal issues and provide skills training to support their project planning and implementation. The workshops are especially targeted to municipal staff, volunteer committee members, community leaders, and organizations providing services to municipalities. Everyone is welcome!

Organization/Partners: Casco Bay Coastal Academy
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Additional Info: To register visit: cascobayestuary.org/casco-bay/municipal-outreach/

April 27, 2024: "Meet a Scientist" on Earth Day

Date: April 27, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Organization/Partners: Hirundo Refuge
Location: Binette Park, Old Town, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Wildlife Biologist Erynn Call

April 30, 2024: Black Terns and Other Marsh Rarities

Date: April 30, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM

The black tern (Chlidonias niger) is the rarest tern in Maine, and nests in just a handful of freshwater marshes in the state. Since 1989, IFW has closely monitored its population watching it wax and wane to its current level of only 30 nesting pairs in the state. In 2021, IFW began marking this state Endangered species with color bands and geolocators to better understand movements between wetlands, return rates to breeding sites, and where they go during migration and winter. Learn about the habits and habitats of black terns and other rare birds that can be found in Maine's marshes.

Organization/Partners: Moore Center
Location: 125 State St, Ellsworth, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Danielle D'Auria

May 8, 2024: Inland Habitat Conservation for Climate Resilience (for inland communities)

Date: May 8, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Corinne Michaud-LeBlanc and Joe Roy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife's Beginning with Habitat program will provide an overview of conservation planning tools and strategies for a changing climate, suggestions for how to use them, and community case studies. This presentation will highlight brook trout, inland flooding, aquatic connectivity, and landscape connectivity.

Please join us for this free Zoom event focused on long-term planning tools and strategies that support natural solutions for resilient habitat. These virtual Casco Bay Coastal Academy (CBCA) workshops are brought to you by Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Maine Sea Grant, and R1CC. CBCA aims to build the knowledge base of municipal board members and staff about critical coastal issues and provide skills training to support their project planning and implementation. The workshops are especially targeted to municipal staff, volunteer committee members, community leaders, and organizations providing services to municipalities. Everyone is welcome!

Organization/Partners: Casco Bay Coastal Academy
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Additional Info: To register visit: cascobayestuary.org/casco-bay/municipal-outreach/

June 6, 2024: Understanding the Unique Natural Resources in the Belgrade Lakes Region

Date: June 6, 2024
Time:

7 Lakes Alliance is hosting Beginning with Habitat Climate Coordinator Corinne Michaud-LeBlanc for a presentation on understanding the unique natural resources in the Belgrade Lakes Region, climate change impacts, and strategies for a healthy, resilient, and connected watershed. This event is in-person at 7 Lakes Alliance, and more details will be posted on this page as the event approaches.

Organization/Partners: 7 Lakes Alliance
Location: 137 Main Street Belgrade Lakes ME
Additional Info: Presented by Corinne Michaud-LeBlanc

Past Events

March 28, 2024: Bats of Maine

Join Kennebec Land Trust for our annual winter lecture series to learn more about Maine mammals and their habitats from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. KLT's winter lectures are modeled on the early New England lyceums that began in 1826 in Massachusetts.

Email Marie at mring@tklt.org or call 207-377-2848 for more information.

Organization/Partners: Kennebec Land Trust
Location: Winthrop High School Auditorium
Additional Info: Presented by Cory Stearns

April 11, 2024: Benefits of Housing Density for People and the Environment

Organization/Partners: South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce
Location: South Portland High School - Lecture Hall 637 Highland Ave, South Portland, ME
Additional Info: Presented by Justin Schlawin