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|August 21, Thursday||Parasitic Wasps: Research, Exploration, Curation - Since its inception, USDA scientists associated with the National Insect Collection have been at the forefront of documenting insect biodiversity and providing research critical to solving agricultural problems worldwide. Two scientists studying parasitic wasps will discuss some of the challenges and techniques they use as part of their jobs.
Dr. Matthew Buffington and Michael Gates are research entomologists with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory of the USDA Agricultural Research Service and adjunct scientists in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution.
|Matthew Buffington and Michael Gates|
|August 23, Saturday||The Emerald Ash Borer and the Wabanaki Basketmakers: Building Resilience and Sustainability while Preparing for an Invasive Species – Darren Ranco will explain the ways that university researchers and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance have facillitated a process to prevent, detect, and respond to the Emerald Ash Borer, a potentially devastating invasive threat to basket resources in the state of Maine.
Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Master’s of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Ranco’s research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the US, particularly, Maine, resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice, and tribal governance.
|August 28, Saturday||The Quest for the World's Largest Calamari – Run Silent, Run Deep. We know that giant squid are real animals, why hasn't anyone ever seen a live specimen in its natural habitat...until recently? After all, they live in all oceans of the world! This talk will take us on expeditions in search of living giant squid into the dark, silent deep sea with high-tech cameras, ROVs and submersibles. Anticipate the excitement! Come along for the dives!
Dr. Clyde Roper, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, specializes in squids, octopuses and cuttlefishes of the world, from tropical coral reefs to the frigid blackness of the deep sea. He is a frequent lecturer at schools, universities, museums and aquaria, as well as on board cruise ships and study tours. His research throughout the world’s oceans on surface ships, in submersibles and scuba diving has been featured in National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Earthwatch Institute documentaries and has earned him recognition by international peers, universities and honor societies.
|August 30, Saturday||Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry – In Maine, there are blueberry festivals and blueberry fairs; there is even a wild blueberry queen. Behind the scenes, scientists like David Yarborough use their expertise to preserve the time-honored tradition. Dr. Yarborough will talk about Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry, starting with the establishment of blueberries when the last glacier receded 10,000 years ago, through the start of commercial blueberry industry in the 1800s and the development of mechanical harvesting and preservation via freezing. He will discuss current challenges faced by the industry, including pests, lack of pollinators, and the ever-increasing cost of fuel, along with possible solutions to these challenges.
Dr. Yarborough is the wild blueberry specialist with Cooperative Extension and professor of horticulture in the School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. He attended the University of Maine where he received a B.S. in resource utilization in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts. His current research focuses on chemical and cultural weed control. He works with wild blueberry growers in Maine and Canada to educate them on best management practices that will enable them to compete in a world market. Dr. Yarborough received the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 and the 35-year Service Award from the University of Maine in 2014.
|September 4, Thursday||Gardening for Wildlife – You can help support wildlife in your area by including certain plants in your landscaping and by avoiding others The lecture will provide information about gardening practices that benefit native plants and animals, and a handout listing of the top ten trees, shrubs and flowering plants for aiding wildlife, which animals are attracted to them, and, what resources these plants provide for animals. The handout will also describe the conditions necessary to grow these plants in your garden. Plenty of time will be reserved for discussion and your suggestions of plants and gardening practices to add to the list.
Marilyn Mayer is not a plant ecologist, but is an ecologist who loves gardening and is keenly interested in what individuals can do on their property to benefit wildlife. One of her proudest accomplishments is influencing the landscaping on her university campus by developing guidelines for gardening to enhance wildlife and working with the university's landscapers to implement wildlife plantings.
|September 6, Saturday||In A Dark Room: Writing as Collection – Gregory Howard will consider the act and art of writing as a mode of collecting—finding images, details, and moment—and the process of arranging them into something deliberate as an act of both meditation and obsession. He will discuss our encounter with the written word as a means of paying attention, seeing and experiencing slowly and considerately, a possibly subversive act in a world that is filled with distraction.
Gregory Howard teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at the University of Maine. He is the author of Hospice (forthcoming from FC2). His work has been published in WebConjugations, Harp & Alter, Birkensnake, and The Collagist, among other journals.
|September 7, Sunday||Gala Community Benefit Supper – Enjoy Eagle Hill's annual gala benefit supper prepared by Chef Christopher Meynell while supporting the following local community efforts: Ella Lewis School, Steuben Little League, Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, Petit Manan Ambulance Corps, and Eagle Hill's local community programs.
Event begins at 5 PM with social hour, silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. RSVP required by September 5, $25 per person. Click here to download printable RSVP form, or call Keith at 207-546-2821 ext. 3.
|September 13, Saturday||Film showing: Chasing Ice – This documentary film by James Balog showcases a stunningly beautiful time-lapse photographic record of glaciers around the world. The film captures the enormous and abrupt shrinkage of glaciers due to global warming, and at least in part, to human activities. Join Dr. Harold Borns for a lively discussion following the film.
Dr. Borns is a glacial geologist. During his 50 years service as a Professor of Glacial and Ice Age Geology at the University of Maine, he was founding Director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, and served as the Program Director of Polar Glaciology for the U.S. National Science Foundation. Harold was awarded a U.S. Congressional Medal for U.S. Antarctic Service and was honored by having a glacier in South Victorialand named “The Borns Glacier”. He is still actively conducting field research with current projects in Denmark, Ireland, and Maine.
|September 20, Saturday||Slow Travel in the Southern Hemisphere – The concept, “the road” guided Martha Barron Barrett and Sandy Lawson in their three-month journey in the relatively raw, young lands of New Zealand (2009), South Africa (2010), and Argentina and Antarctica (2012). On-the-spot planning was driven by eclectic curiosity: What would it be like to_____? Ride a courier van deep into Maori lands, live for 2 weeks in the midst of African buffalo and rhino, skitter on a dirt road to the top of the Andes, bounce through an ice pack in a zodiac?
Martha Barron Barrett received a degree in history from the University of Maine and an MA in International relations from the University of Pennsylvania.She taught writing to adults at the University of New Hampshire and was a visiting professor at the University of Washinton in Spokane. Her novels include Maggie’s Way and God’s Country.
|Martha Barron Barrett|
|September 27, Saturday||Maine Poets and the Natural World: A Different Lens – While most poets write about the natural world, the best ones do so in ways that open their readers’ and listeners’ eyes to the unfamiliar within the familiar. That is, they either describe aspects of nature familiar to us from countless calendars and postcards in ways that let us see them with fresh delight, or they show us aspects of the natural world that too often lurk unacknowledged beneath those misleadingly pretty pictures. Judith Hakola will present examples of both kinds of writing that will expand our vision of the environment.
Judy Hakola received a B.A. from Colby College and and M.A. from the University of Maine. She has taught literature and writing courses at the University of Maine for over four decades.