Midcoast Conservancy’s Nature Workshop series continues with three upcoming events. On Saturday, June 12, John Hayden, Entomologist/Pollinator Conservationist will lead a Pollinator Hike at the Riverbrook Preserve in Waldoboro from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will go for a walk through different habitats to discover which creatures are visiting what flowers in this diverse preserve. To register for this hike, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/nature-workshop-pollinator-walk/.
Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin College Ecology Professor Emeritus, will lead a morning nature walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center focused on the natural history of the area on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Depending upon the weather, the focus will be on interpreting bird behavior and recognizing their songs. If birds are quiet, participants will observe how insect pollinators and herbivores interact with plants. Dr. Wheelwright is author of The Naturalist’s Notebook (with Bernd Heinrich) and Monteverde, Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest (with Nalini Nadkarni). To learn more or register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/nature-workshop-natural-history-walk/.
Identifying commonly seen ferns is fun and easy. Unlike flowering plants — with leaves, buds and flowers to remember at different times of the year — ferns look much the same all season, so there is just one set of characteristics to learn. On July 17, Hildy Ellis, recently retired program manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, will demonstrate how to identify ferns using the “Quick Guide to Common Ferns of New England,” which she will provide to all participants. In addition to identification tips, the talk and walking tour will cover fascinating fern natural history, reproduction and ecology. The walk will be held at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/nature-workshop-ferns-identification-and-ecology/
For more information, go to midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.