Virtual Programs: Calendar and Registration

 Programs will be recorded and posted to our Website and YouTube Chanel. 


Tuesday December 1st at 6:30

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

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library will  co-host this live Zoom presentation titled, “Seasonal Habits of Maine’s Mammals,” by Laura Craver-Rogers.

REGISTER HERE  for the link.

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 as we take a look at the various types of mammals around Sears Island and coastal Maine. Learn how these furry predators and prey interact with each other. Discover what the changes in the season mean for each species- who hibernates, stays active, and who will take long winter naps. There is so much to learn and we hope to open your eyes and increase your knowledge to the comings and goings of some of Maine’s wild mammals.

Laura Craver-Rogers is the Education and Outreach Supervisor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She works with many of the MDIFW staff to create, plan and promote educational programs about Maine’s wildlife and wild places, including several virtual wildlife talks from Maine Wildlife Park. Laura has been an educator and presenter for over 10 years and has a background in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental education, and interpretation. 

For more information about the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife visit and check out our YouTube channel for more educational videos. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit



Thursday December 3rd, 6:30

Virtual Book Launch and Poetry Reading with the Poetry Woodshed

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, Matthew Eichenlaub, Jacob Fricke, Rebecca Jessup, Margie Kivel, Joel Lipman, Catherine Neuhardt-Minor, Susan Reeder Taylor, Ellen Sander, and Lourdes Tutaine-Garcia.  We'll enjoy selected works from wood by these poets along with comments about and recollections of the writing group experience.

Register in advance for the zoom link here



Tuesday December 8th, 6:30

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 an opportunity and some risk, however.  What once served as a largely impenetrable wall of ice protecting Russia’s back has now become an opening avenue, exposing a long coastline with little infrastructure and few population centers. Infrastructure, resource extraction, transit safety and national security all require increased expenditure. But while the Arctic is a critical component of the country’s GDP, it does not provide sufficient resources to fund the rising infrastructure and development needs in that region.

More information here