Great blue heron are focus of aquatic inhabitants lecture series in July

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 7:45am

“Maine Creatures Great & Small” lecture series is a collaboration between Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy. The four-part series looks at four organisms important to our state’s aquatic habitats. The first talk was on Restoring Atlantic Salmon.

On Tuesday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Bath at the Freight Shed, the topic will be the Great Blue Heron. Attendees will get a glimpse into the interesting lives of great blue herons and the Heron Observation Network of Maine with Danielle D’Auria, wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Phytoplankton & Red Tide will headline the talk on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Bath at the Freight Shed. Listeners will be introduced the wonders of phytoplankton, including information on their types, impacts, and distribution in the Gulf of Maine and across the globe with Dr. Jelena Godrijan, a scientist at Bigelow Laboratory; and Bryant Lewis, from the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

The final lecture, sponsored by The Waldo Theatre, will focus on the American Eel Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Waldoboro at the BugTussle Annex. American eels are a fascinating species that migrates between the freshwater rivers and the sea, and Maine is the only state a significant eel fishery. Speakers will include Dr. Gail Wippelhauser, expert biologist from Maine Department of Marine Resources and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; and Abden Simmons, a director with the State Association for Elver Fishermen.

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