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September 2020

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program on Zoom

September 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Calling Upon Tree Medicine with Suzanne Stone Click here to register in advance for this meeting. From Forest Bathing to Pine Needle tea, from Birch twig baths to sitting with one’s back against a mighty Oak, Trees offer many forms of medicine. This program will honor some of the Tree Allies we are sharing this land with, talk of some of the gifts they offer, how to harvest thoughtfully and ethically, share some Tree medicine recipes and some thoughts on…

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October 2020

Coyote Lives in a Democracy

October 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The expression Keystone Carnivore is used to describe our Coyotes in Maine, but its meaning often is not fully understood. In this presentation coyote will be introduced to you in this context, and how their important role affects us and the landscape of Maine in vitally important ways. We are all inextricably connected. But our Coyotes are being prevented from freely and effectively acting in their capacity as a Keystone. What is the cause of this? Please join this virtual…

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“A Solo Canoe Trip on the Penobscot River: Reflections on Philosophy and The Environment.”

October 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and the Belfast Library on Thursday evening, October 15, at 6:30 pm for this Zoom presentation by Alejandro C. Strong. In this presentation Strong, a Registered Maine Guide and philosophy professor, recounts a recent canoe trip he took in Maine’s North Woods. Alejandro mixes stories from his recent trip, memories from 20 years of leading canoe trips, and philosophical reflections on nature and our place in it. Alejandro is the founder of Apeiron Expeditions, and…

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Belfast Garden Club Zoom Program

October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Indigenous Names Along the Penobscot River Paddling Trail with Cloe Chunn Click here to register in advance for this meeting After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Cloe Chunn will show pictures of paddling the Penobscot River. She will tell us about seeing firsthand the meanings of Wabanaki place names along the way and also about creating the Penobscot River Paddling Trail. Cloe Chunn, former high school and college teacher, is a naturalist,…

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November 2020

“Creative Journaling: The Organizational Planner Meets The Expressive Journal”

November 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The workshop is now full. Look for another one to be scheduled in early 2021. Workshop with Rita Swidrowski, art teacher, sketch artist, and avid journaler. In this Zoom workshop participants will learn about Bullet or Dot Journals, Travelers’ Notebooks, Daily Pages, and Expressive Art Journaling in order to design their own unique journal. Bullet Journaling is a flexible system for creating, recording and tracking ones individual goals, ideas, thoughts, experiences and days. Rita will present reasons for adopting this…

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Camden Conference Community Event

November 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“China’s Interests in the Arctic”-talk by Matt Ward The Camden Conference and the Belfast Free Library will present Matt Ward on November 10 at 6:30pm for a discussion on China’s interests in the Arctic. This event will be open to all on Zoom. Please register HERE . Matt Ward made a career of foreign diplomacy, having served the United States from 1967 to 1996 in several countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Haiti, Iran, Thailand, and China. He pioneered the refugee processing…

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Belfast Garden Club Zoom Program

November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Planting for a Changing World with Aleta Mckeage Click here to Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

November 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join BBWC and the Belfast Library for a Zoom program: "Winter Bird Count Warm Up: Preparing for the annual Christmas Bird Count" with Seth Benz. Register here for the link If you have ever wondered what a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is all about, look no further. Seth Benz, our local North Penobscot Bay CBC coordinator, will cover the basics of the Christmas Bird Count, including where, when, and how to get involved. Do you have backyard bird feeders? You…

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December 2020

Zoom-In: Seasonal Habits of Maine’s Mammals with Laura Craver-Rogers

December 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library will be co-hosting a live Zoom presentation titled, “Seasonal Habits of Maine’s Mammals,” by Laura Craver-Rogers, on December 1 st at 6:30pm. The northeast has a diverse population of mammal species, and coastal Maine is no different. From deer to fishers, snowshoe hares to bobcat, there are many types of mammals in Maine. Each species has their own survival strategy and different ways to react to the changing seasons. Join us…

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Virtual Book Launch and Poetry Reading with the Poetry Woodshed

December 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

wood is the first anthology from the Belfast writing group Poetry Woodshed. Woodshed, founded by former Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander and Joel Lipman. the first Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio. The group has been meeting in Belfast, Maine since the summer of 2015. The mission of Woodshed is to advance works in progress and the collaborative critiques of the weekly meetings have informed and conjoined the poetry in wood. The poets of wood are: Avery Booth Stone, DiTa,…

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Camden Conference Community Event

December 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Russia's Interest in the Arctic a talk with Dick Topping The Camden Conference and the Belfast Free Library will present Dick Topping on December 8 at 6:30pm for a discussion on Russia’s interests in the Arctic. This event will be open to all on Zoom. Please register HERE. Russia’s surge of Arctic activity reflects the economic significance of the region and the impact of shifting climate patterns offering the prospect of an extended maritime frontier. The thawing coastline provides both…

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“The Maine Climate Council’s Action Plan: What Does it Mean for Belfast?”

December 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Overshadowed by the pandemic, but much worth celebrating, Maine’s first-ever Climate Action Plan launched December 1. On Monday, December 14 at 6 pm, The Belfast Free Library will host a zoom presentation with Brian Ambrette, from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, entitled “The Maine Climate Council’s Action Plan: What Does it Mean for Belfast?” Ambrette will describe the plan’s recommendations overall, and look at ways for Belfast to coordinate and collaborate with the state on its…

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January 2021

Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series

January 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Doug Welch, Executive Director of The Maine Island Trail Association is set to show his “To Row and Let Go” film. Join Doug as he takes up ocean rowing, builds a boat at the legendary Wooden Boat School, and explores 34 islands on the Maine Island Trail. Please register here After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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“Microplastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments” with Abby Barrows

January 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On Thursday January 14th, at 6:00pm, the Belfast Free Library and Friends of Sears Island will co-host a virtual presentation with Marine Scientist Abby Barrows titled, “Microplastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments.” The program will be offered live via Zoom. Click here to register for the link. Microplastic pollution is considered an emerging issue of international concern. An estimated 8-10 million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans each year. They have been found in all the world’s oceans, in…

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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program

January 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Increasing Biodiversity on a Landscape Scale: Invasive Plant Removal and Native Shrub Planting at the McLellan-Poor Preserve and other Coastal Mountains Land Trust Properties Speaker: Jack Shaida Pre-register for the zoom link here. More information can be found at https://belfastgardenclub.org/  

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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

January 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, and Melanie Sturm, Director of Forests and Wildlife, of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, on NRCM’s work to Protect Maine’s Forests and Wildlife. Register in advance here  

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Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series

January 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Maine Wild Blueberry History with David Yarborough David Yarborough will describe the establishment of the wild blueberry plants as the glacier receded 10,000 years ago and the beginnings of the industry in the 1800’s. He will follow the utilization of wild blueberries and the production which was first picked fresh, then canned but is now principally frozen and used as an ingredient in products. Register here for the zoom link.  

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Maine Whaling: To the Arctic and Beyond-talk by Charles Lagerbom on Zoom

January 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Camden Conference, Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Belfast Free Library will present Charles Lagerbom speaking on “Maine Whaling: To the Arctic and Beyond.” This event takes place on Thursday, January 28th and will be open to all on Zoom. Register here for the zoom link. The history of American whaling is most frequently associated with Nantucket, New Bedford and Mystic. However, the state of Maine also played an integral part in the development and success of this important industry.…

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February 2021

Paul DeOrsay presents Arctic Exploration, Science, and the Inuit

February 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Camden Conference, Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Belfast Free Library will present Paul DeOrsay on Thursday, February 4th at 6pm for a program on Arctic exploration, science, and the Inuit. Register for the zoom link here. For more information...

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Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series

February 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“Boats Light Up My Day” a presentation by Art Paine. A 76 year old sea dog describes his lifelong love of designing, building and restoring boats. Art gushes about beautiful boats, and maybe gives a few hints on how to get the best out of whatever boat you own. He will also present a beautiful 12 minute film on one of his recent projects, “TRIES: ANOTHER HUNDRED YEARS. A LUDERS 16 RESTORATION.” Register for the zoom link here.  

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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program

February 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Pond life: Under the Ice From Winter Into Spring with Edwin Barkdoll Do you ever wonder what hides under the ice of a frozen Maine pond? Have you ever witnessed close up the springtime explosion of amphibian life that follows winter? Join Maine Master Naturalist and photographer Edwin Barkdoll for an evening of exploring life under the ice culminating in the annual amphibian emergence and migration. We will examine many creatures, from nearly microscopic crustaceans to the shy salamanders and…

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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

February 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Upstream Solutions to Recycling and Plastic Pollution Chrissy Adamowicz, Natural Resource Council of Maine Sustainable Maine Outreach Coordinator, will speak about how/why our broken recycling system is contributing to a plastic pollution crisis. Learn about upstream solutions, and Maine's latest efforts to fix recycling. Chrissy has been working at NRCM for 2.5 years, providing education and outreach to communities on waste solutions. Register for the zoom link here

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March 2021

Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series

March 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rowing To Wild ~ with Leigh Dorsey and Damian Colbry In August 2018, Leigh Dorsey & Dameon Colbry rowed the entire coast of Maine in 10 days, starting in Kittery and ending in Lubec. Carrying everything they would need in their 21' open row boat, they camped on a different island each night along the way. Join them for a day-by-day account of their journey accompanied by their photos of the lovely and wild Maine coast. Register for the zoom…

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Frozen Obsession Film Screening with Panel

March 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Camden Conference and Belfast Free Library will present the film 'FROZEN OBSESSION' Monday, 15 at 6 P.M. This is a special opportunity for Camden Conference, as the film will be shown on PBS later in the year. 'FROZEN OBSESSION' documents the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the Canadian Arctic aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden. The film highlights the research done by scientists and students as they work to understand the consequences of changing climate in the…

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Garden Club Daytime Program

March 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners with Vina Lindley Interested in growing your own vegetable garden this year? Harvesting and eating fresh home-grown veggies can be a rewarding and healthy hobby but it can also feel a little overwhelming or downright discouraging if you've tried and had failures. If you've been wondering where to start, join this interactive session to learn more about deciding what, where and how to grow your first (or second or third) vegetable garden. This workshop is being…

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Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

March 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What’s New in the Penobscot River? Danielle Frechette, fish biologist, will give an overview of diadromous fish restoration in the Penobscot River as a result of the Penobscot River Restoration Project Danielle is a Marine Resource Scientist for the Department of Marine Resources, Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat working on the Penobscot River Restoration Project. Please register for the zoom link here.

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Garden Club Evening Lecture Series

March 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Gardens of Use and Delight with Speaker: Anne Perkins Anne Perkins will describe her large market garden in Owls Head, Maine. She will talk about topics of interest to gardeners with emphasis on the intermediate and advanced vegetable gardeners, such as planning for the growing season, recordkeeping, succession planting, crop rotation schemes, cover cropping, design of garden and plant combinations. Gardeners will have the opportunity to ask questions! Anne Perkins is obsessed with vegetables. On Headacre Farm, an old salt…

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Special Program on Browntail Moth in Waldo County with Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

March 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Don’t miss our Browntail Moth program by Tom Schmeelk, State Entomologist. Responding to the acute infestation in Belfast and surroundings, we will learn about how to protect ourselves, and how as a community we can work to curb the problem. The program is cosponsored with the Belfast Library, Belfast Garden Club, and Friends of Belfast Parks. Register in advance for this program here.  

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Getting to Carbon Neutral: a panel discussion

March 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is a virtual program, please register for the zoom link here

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April 2021

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

April 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Running Silver! Landis Hudson, Executive Director of Maine Rivers, will talk about what it takes to restore river health. How can you fix a river? What is the relationship between rivers and the Gulf of Maine, and how are dam removals shaping the future of river restoration efforts in Maine? Landis will draw on her experiences leading the Alewife Restoration Initiative to restore fish passage to China Lake by removing dams and installing fishways to bring back an annual run…

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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program

April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration: What we are learning, what they need to survive as a species. Speaker: Cyrene Slegona Cyrene Slegona, of Belfast, will present a talk about Monarch butterflies, the mysteries of their North American migration and what we can do to help save these butterflies for future generations. Cyrene will review the life cycle and behaviors of each metamorphic stage, predation and disease, as well as current and future research about Monarchs. She will also discuss the milkweeds…

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“Stranded! Marine Mammal Response in the Northern Half of Maine” by Rosemary Seton of Allied Whale

April 27, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rosemary will discuss the logistics of stranding response in the region Allied Whale covers, which is mid-coast Maine (Rockland) to the Canadian border. She will present the usual suspects of marine mammal species we find on and off our shores, what to do if you find a marine mammal in distress, and will also include a few cases from Sears Island with which she has dealt over the years. Since seals make up the preponderance of Allied Whale's stranding response,…

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May 2021

Tick Talk: Lyme Disease 101

May 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a virtual tick talk with Dr. Bea Szantyr. This presentation will cover the essentials of prevention and early recognition of Lyme disease. Register for the Zoom link here. Spring has sprung! And with warmer temperatures come more opportunities for close encounters – with TICKS! Do you know how to avoid tick bites? Can you recognize the rash of Lyme disease? Did you know there are steps you can take to protect you, your family and your favorite…

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Challenges and Solutions for the Belfast Bay Watershed: a summary of the year’s research by students at Belfast Area High School.

May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and the Belfast Library for this zoom presentation with students from the Belfast Area Highschool. Register for the zoom link here. The program will highlight student research on current environmental issues in the Belfast Bay Watershed. Students Grace Hall, Jonah Lovejoy, and Chelsea Gaiero, will make separate short presentations about research they have conducted over the past year as part of the Maine State Science Fair as well as citizen science projects. Topics include effects…

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June 2021

Sea Level Rise, Storms and Citizen Science

June 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In June the Belfast Free Library will launch “All of Belfast Climate Dialogues” (ABCD) a community memory project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Science. The goal of this project is to convene conversations around climate change and to document resident’s reflections about this critical issue. To accomplish this the library will host a series of programs on climate change with follow up sessions with time for reflection and conversation. The first program, “Sea Level Rise, Storms, and…

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An in depth look at the Belfast Bicentennial Banners

June 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Megan Pinette, Belfast Historical Society, for an in-depth look at the “Belfast Celebrates Maine’s Bicentennial, 1820 – 2020” photographic banners project. These extremely visible banners serve as a celebration of Maine and the City of Belfast and provide an opportunity for viewers to reflect on the rich history of both the City of Belfast and the State of Maine. Register for the zoom link here. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission,…

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August 2021

August 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a Climate Conversation about extreme heat: HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? It’s going to get hotter. We are hosting a public discussion on Thursday 8/26 to hear how you have gotten through the extreme heat this summer, and to hear your concerns and suggestions for the future. Do you or someone in your family suffer medically from the heat? Are you concerned about a neighbor or friend? Do you have air conditioning? Can you get to a cool…

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Hot Enough For You? A community discussion on extreme heat

August 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a Climate Conversation about extreme heat: HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? It’s going to get hotter. We are hosting a public discussion on Thursday 8/26 to hear how you have gotten through the extreme heat this summer, and to hear your concerns and suggestions for the future. Do you or someone in your family suffer medically from the heat? Are you concerned about a neighbor or friend? Do you have air conditioning? Can you get to a cool…

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September 2021

Storm Surge in the Penobscot Bay and River: Observations and Lessons Learned

September 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A presentation with Preston Spicer, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maine Register for the zoom link here Storm surges can be a threat to life and property in coastal regions during tropical and mid-latitude storm events. The State of Maine is most prone to storm surges resulting from mid-latitude winter storms, typically called “nor’easters”. When nor’easters track far enough inland, there is often a strong wind directed from the south over coastal Maine which enhances surge in…

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October 2021

Belfast Poetry Festival

October 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

2021 Schedule & Details Saturday, October 16th Afternoon Workshops 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Body of Language: A Generative Poetry Workshop with Julia Bouwsma via Zoom Listening for Revision: A Poetry Editing Workshop with Maya Stein via Zoom Mining Words: A Generative Poetry Workshop with Judy Kaber, IN PERSON at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast Evening Showcase on Zoom: Register here for the link 6:30 pm – 8 pm Poetry, Performance, and Visual Arts Multimedia Show Reading of the…

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Belfast Garden Club Program

October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Winterizing Gardens with Jean Vose After a bountiful season, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter - and ensure a beautiful and vibrant spring! This program walks one through what should be done to get your property including gardens ready - from cleaning out the vegetable garden to protecting trees and shrubs. Instructor Jean Vose, Nobleboro, has two passions in life - gardening and beekeeping. She is an experienced Master Gardener of more than 25 years and provides horticultural…

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In Conversation with Bob Keyes and Paul Doiron

October 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for this conversation about Bob Keyes' new book, The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana Please pre-register for the zoom link here

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Maine Won’t Wait: How Maine is Taking Action on Climate Change with Dr. Cassaundra Rose

October 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Cassaundra Rose is a senior science analyst and the Maine Climate Council coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (link). Dr. Rose will talk about how climate change is expected to affect Maine, the state climate action plan, Maine Won't Wait (link), and how Governor Mills and the Legislature have advanced significant, bipartisan legislation and funding for climate action this year. Register for the zoom link here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email…

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WHY ARE WE SO DIVIDED AND WHAT CAN WE DO? with Dick Snyder

October 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On January 6 the world witnessed the unimaginable: the storming of the United States’ Capitol by enraged and disaffected people demanding that the results of the presidential election be investigated or even overturned. Long after the current President has left office, the rage and distrust continue. We are a nation divided. These terrifying events have caused many to wonder who we are and what we can do to end the unraveling. A Future Without Walls: Confronting Our Divisions by T.…

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Zoom-In- Nature’s Nightshift: Nocturnal Animals

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library for a live Zoom presentation titled “Nature’s Nightshift: Nocturnal Animals” with staff and live animals from the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine. Register for the zoom here This event will be a wonderful introduction to Maine’s creatures of the night. How does a bat find thousands of tiny mosquitoes in the dark? Why would an opossum choose to lumber around at night? How does a porcupine defend himself…

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November 2021

Belfast Garden Club Program

November 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moving Forward, Travel Tales and Wildlife Photography with Shelley Lance Fulk and Jacklyn Amtower Join two sisters as they share their passion for travel and photographing wildlife around the world and share enlightening and often humorous stories of their adventures. Register for the zoom link here. Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jacklyn Amtower are sisters living in Beaver Cove, a few miles north of Greenville, Maine. They have been traveling and photographing wildlife around the world since their teens. They have visited…

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An Update on the Penobscot River Paddling Trail With Cloe Chunn

November 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cloe Chun will brief us about recent developments on the paddling trail, as well as what she has learned about Wabanaki place names from studying and seeing them, firsthand, along the river. Register for the zoom link here BIO-Cloe Chunn, former high school and college teacher, is a naturalist, nature journal keeper, and Registered Maine Guide. She is a cofounder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her book, Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), has been a standard…

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December 2021

Camden Conference Community Event

December 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

United States-Europe-Russia. Is the West Over? a presentation with Seth Singleton Register for the Zoom Link here Since the second world war the Atlantic alliance of Europe and North America – the West – has been the bedrock of world affairs. Within its area it brought peace and prosperity. The Atlantic alliance did not exist before 1945 and is now under stress. “The West” no longer dominates the world economy as it once did and argues about China – geopolitical…

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January 2022

Come Boating Winter Adventure Series

January 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dory Woman Rowing with Nicolle Littrell The 2022 Come Boating Winter Adventure Series kicks off with a presentation by Nicolle Littrell of DoryWoman Rowing. Register for the Zoom link here. Nicolle is an avid rower and coxswain rowing in the six person Cornish Pilot Gigs with Come Boating in Belfast.  At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when all rowing was canceled Nicolle took a leap and bought her own boat, a 19.5 foot Swampscott dory, Sorciere.  She rowed throughout…

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Growing Resilience: local farmers respond to climate change.

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion with farmers from three Waldo County Farms: Bahner Farm (Belmont), Daisy Chain Farm (Belfast) and Dickey Hill Farm (Monroe). As outlined in Maine’s Climate Future report (UMaine Climate Change Institute 2009 and 2020), extreme weather events due to climate change pose particular challenges for Maine’s farms. Warmer temperatures harm vegetables, reduce fruit production and stress livestock. More intense rain events cause run-off and wash-outs and don’t replenish the water table. The longer and drier…

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Maine’s climate future: The role of carbon management in farms and forests with Ivan Fernandez

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library,  will focus on the effects of the Climate Crisis on our forests, farms, gardens and food supply. Register for the zoom link here This presentation will address three main topics.  First Ivan Fernandez will summarize key findings from climate assessments focused on Maine, primarily the Maine's Climate Future reports and the assessment report of the Maine…

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February 2022

Browntail Moth and Emerald Ash Borer in Waldo County

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tom Schmeelk, State Entomologist, will be back with us again to discuss the acute browntail moth infestation in Belfast and surroundings, how we can protect ourselves, and how we can work as a community to curb this problem. He will also discuss emerald ash borer and other forest invasive pests. Register for the Zoom link here This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and the ABCD project of the Belfast Free Library.

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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Preventing and Addressing Plant Diseases in the Garden with Caleb Goossen. Join MOFGA’s Crop Specialist, Caleb Goossen, for a discussion on organic management of plant disease in the garden. Caleb will start by sharing strategies used to minimize the presence of disease from the outset based on the disease triangle of a conducive environment, a susceptible host, and a pathogen. But sometimes diseases show up anyway, despite our best efforts or during particularly challenging growing seasons. So, Caleb will also…

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The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative:

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

How Maine is Charting Our Own Course with Stephanie Watson. In this presentation, Watson will provide an overview of the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative established by Governor Mills in 2019, with a focus on the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap. The Roadmap is an economic development plan currently underway with broad stakeholder engagement. The goal of the Roadmap is to identify the best course for Maine to maximize benefits of the rapidly growing offshore wind sector to meet clean energy and…

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Growing Food and Ornamentals in a Changing Climate with Haley Jean and Sara Keleman

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is the second in the Belfast Garden Club's Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library: This presentation will give an overview of global climate change, with special attention to effects in Maine and the Northeast. Haley and Sara will discuss the local effects of global weather patterns and the challenges that they may pose to those who grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers in our region, and will…

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March 2022

Belfast Garden Club Program: The RSU 71 School Garden Collaborative

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The RSU 71 School Garden Collaborative With speakers: Sara Hallam, Danee Voss, Lindsey Schortz, David Wessells The collaborative includes five vibrant school garden programs across the RSU 71 school district. The vision is to cultivate ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable gardens that connect students, staff, and the broader community. Speakers will describe the garden programs at Nickerson and East Belfast Elementary Schools, Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS), Troy Howard Middle School (THMS), and the Belfast Community Outreach Program (BCOPE).…

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Come Boating Winter Adventure Series

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The History of Front Street Shipyard with JB Turner. Register here for the zoom link

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Monarch Butterflies: Their Magic, Revealed Secrets and Our Part with Cyrene Slegona

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monarchs continue to be one of the most extensively studied insects. Ongoing research reveals the complexity of mating, stages of metamorphosis and migration. How to conserve the epic annual journey of both the spring and fall generations is an ongoing challenge. This presentation by Cyrene Slegona, Maine Master Naturalist and avid Monarch student will address current recent research in Monarch biology, ecology, and conservation. She will also address community science efforts and best practices for creating and enhancing native pollinator…

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Deep Woods: How Climate Change Impacts Forests & How Forests Slow Climate Change with Mark Berry and Nicholas Fisichelli

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This is the third and final program in the 2022 Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project that has focused on the affects of the Climate Crisis on our farms, gardens and forests. Join Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli, President of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and Mark Berry, Forest Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, for a presentation and discussion about the interactions between Maine forests and climate change. The…

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April 2022

Belfast Garden Club Program

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Perennial Garden Design with John Fromer This presentation will cover the basics and methods of successful perennial garden design, which are scalable to fit a wide range of interests. Topics will include site selection and appropriate plants, soil management, and ways to create designs. A successful design also includes the ability to properly maintain the garden, so John will also discuss challenges and solutions for garden maintenance. Register for the zoom link here John Fromer has been a gardener all…

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Troy Howard Middle School Seed Program

April 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

David Wessels is the garden coordinator at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast where he and his students manage a 1/3 acre garden and year-round greenhouse. The garden provides fresh veggies to the cafeteria and serves as a living laboratory for ecological inquiry. Each year, students take on the responsibility of stewarding an extensive seed collection, growing out beloved heirlooms, forgotten food crops, bumblebee curated gene pools and other wonders. These seeds are carefully cleaned and packed by students and…

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May 2022

Living With Thin Ice: Past Perspectives on Climate Change in Belfast, Maine with Emma C. Moesswilde

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

How did Mainers experience climate change in the past? What might this history tell us about the present and future in light of the current climate crisis? This talk recounts the history of climate change and its impacts on Maine’s people and landscapes. Using the example of Belfast and mid-coast Maine, Moesswilde will highlight  how and why climate history can offer valuable perspectives on climate change today, and what lessons the past might hold for current climate change conversations. Register…

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Once They’re Gone, They’re Gone for Good: Indigenous Shell Heaps, Climate Change, and Confronting Heritage Loss through Citizen Science.

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr Bonnie Newsom and Dr Alice Kelley

Maine is home to roughly 2000 coastal Indigenous archaeological sites known as shell heaps or middens. These sites are rich heritage spaces that preserve a long record of past Indigenous lifeways and environments. In this presentation, Dr. Bonnie Newsom and Dr. Alice Kelley of the University of Maine will discuss these important places highlighting their cultural and research value. They will also discuss the University of Maine’s Midden Minder’s program—a citizen science initiative designed to monitor and record shell heaps…

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