Continuing Education Seminars

(More to come – please check back!)

Please review the Continuing Education seminars and consider signing up for one or all. Once you provide the registration information requested, the “submit” button will take you to PayPal where you may pay the fee. Please note that you are not registered until the fee is paid, and we are not able to refund the fee in the event a registrant is ultimately not able to attend.

Ticks: ID, Ecosystem, and Diseases

Saturday, March 31, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (weather date is April 14)

Location:
G. H. Jewett School, 66 Bridge St., Bucksport

Cost:
$15

Maximum Students:
Min. 6; Max. 25

Description:
This lecture by two graduate students at UMaine will include aspects of their research:
Lyme disease transmission in Maine; the intersection of environmental conservation and disease; the effects of timber harvest on Lyme disease transmission; and Lyme disease in Acadia.

Instructors:
Christine Conte and Sara McBride, graduate students in the School of Biology and Ecology at UMaine

Hosts:
Karen Johnson and Karen Zimmermann,  MMNP grads, Fields Pond 2017

Registration Period:
Thru Thursday, March 29

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MDI Geology Field Trip

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (weather date is May 26)

Location:
Meet at the Thompson Island picnic area on the left or eastern side of Thompson island just before you cross onto MDI. On the other side of the island from the picnic area is the National Park’s Thompson Island Information Center. Both areas have bathroom facilities.

Cost:
$15

Maximum Students:
18

Description:
A six-hour trip around Mount Desert Island to explore geology. We will meet at the Thompson Island Picnic area at 9:00am to carpool, make observations and interpretations on the bedrock there and then move on to Bar Harbor, ending the day at Seawall. Emphasis of the trip is how to identify rock types that can be used throughout Maine.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
Hand lens or magnifying glass.

Weather:
If the forecast is pouring rain all day, weather date is May 26. If it is light rain, the trip is a go.

Instructors:
Duane Braun holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and was a Geosciences Professor at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, where he taught Environmental and Physical Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, and Field Geology. He also mapped the glacial deposits of northeastern Pennsylvania for the state Geologic Survey, taught Geology for Acadia Senior College, and revised the geologic maps of MDI for the Maine Geologic Survey.

Ruth Braun holds a M.Sc. degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught junior and senior high school science. She also taught Environmental Geology, Physical Geology, and Historical Geology at Bloomsburg University, and has taught Geology for Acadia Senior College. Duane and Ruth Braun are coauthors of Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. They will have books available for purchase.

Host:
Karen Zimmermann, MMNP grad, Fields Pond 2017

Registration Period:
Thru Thursday, May 10

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Birding by Ear Workshop

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 6 am – (weather date is May 20)

Location:
Sieur de Monts Spring and Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park

Cost:
$15

Maximum Students:
Min. 8; Max 20

Description:
Birds have a complex array of vocalizations. And in the spring, song is used to establish territory and attract a mate. With the array of songs, calls, chip notes, alarm notes, flight call notes, and more, it can be a daunting task to decipher the diverse vocalizations. In this workshop, we will begin to unravel these mysteries, as well as give you some tools to begin learning to identify birds by ear.

We will begin with a session of 3-4 hours in the field, hearing actual birds sing, followed by an indoor session with a audio slideshow, followed by a discussion of tools and resources for learning bird songs.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
Listening skills, a field notebook, binoculars

Instructor:
Rich MacDonald runs The Natural History Center. A lifelong birder, naturalist, and field biologist, Rich has long studied boreal birds and waterbirds for organizations such as Audubon and The Nature Conservancy, led bird tours around the world, and taught ornithology. He is a regional coordinator for the Maine Breeding Bird Atlas 2018-2022. Rich also is author of the Hancock County chapter of “Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide.” You will often find Rich outdoors with binoculars slung over his shoulder.

Host:

Registration Period:
Through Wednesday, May 16

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Seaweeds of Maine

Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:15 am – 1:00 pm (half hour lunch break, BYOL)

Location:
Southern Maine Community College Marine Science Center 47 Slocum Drive, South Portland (parking in rear of building)
map of campus
http://burpee.smccme.edu/docs/Campus_Maps_and_Locations.pdf

Cost:

$15

Maximum students:
Min. 4; Max. 12

Description:
Learn about local seaweeds (marine macroalgae) on the shore and in the classroom. We’ll gather and identify seaweeds, learn how they fit in marine ecology and state economy, taste a few, dabble in their life cycle and, if time allows, press some for your herbarium.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
This workshop will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. If you bring rubber boots (or wading shoes for those who can tolerate the cold) you can gather specimens that grow in the outer low tide. For those not wanting to wade, there are plenty of specimens in the drift and on the beach. In case you get wet, a change of dry clothes will be helpful.

Instructor:
Davida Sky MMNP Falmouth grad with a passion for seaweed

Registration Period:
Thru Wednesday, May 16

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Maine Spiders Workshop

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Location:
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden

Cost:
$15

Maximum students:
Min. 4; Max. 12

Description:
An introduction to Maine spiders, their survival strategies and collection methods for identification.

Requirements & Prerequisites:
Hand lens or magnifying glass. Dissecting microscope if you have one. Held rain or shine. Bring rain gear for the outside portion of the workshop if rain is in the forecast.

Instructor:
Donne Sinderson, MMNP Fields Pond, an amateur arachnologist who started learning about spiders for her capstone project.

Hosts:
Karen Zimmermann and Karen Johnson, MMNP grads, Fields Pond 2017

Registration Period:
Thru Wednesday, June 13

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Marine Algae Field Trip

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 7:30 am – 10:00 am (Weather date, Aug 12 at 5:45 pm)

Location:
Blue Hill Falls by the bridge on Rt. 175

Cost:
$15

Maximum students:
Min. 6; Max. 12

Description:
Low tide is 7:16 am. We will meet at 7:30 am by the bridge on Rt. 175 to explore the various marine algae that can be found along the shoreline.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
Hand lens or magnifying glass; optional footwear: water shoes and/or hip waders to get deeper in the water.

Weather:
If the forecast is heavy rain in the morning, weather date is August 12 st 5:45pm. If it is light rain, the trip is a go.

Instructor:
Jessica F. Muhlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Corning School of Ocean Studies, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME, 04420

Hosts:
Karen Zimmermann and Karen Johnson, MMNP grads, Fields Pond 2017

Registration Period:
Through Wednesday, July 11

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Maine Macrolichens

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:30 am – noon

Location:
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Lily Pond Preserve, Bath

Cost:
$15

Maximum students:
20

Description:
This semi-technical workshop will focus on identification of common & charismatic lichens using only a hand lens. The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to practice using a key by looking at substrate, colors, gross morphology, reproductive structures and other key features with someone who is familiar with many species. We will use Jim Hind’s Simplified Field Key to determine ID. The free key is on Jeff’s website, www.TheDigitalNaturalist.info in several formats and is used as part of the standard MMNP curriculum. The workshop format will include a relatively short field hike, where we will examine species in their normal habitat and figure out what interpretive topics are appropriate for the various genera.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
hand lens; Jim Hind’s Simplified Field Key

Instructor:
Jeff Pengel, MMNP Lewiston grad

Registration Period:
Thru Wednesday, July 18

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Monarchs: Maine Seasonal Resident and Indicator Species

Saturday, August 11, 2018 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (half hour lunch break, BYOL)

Location: 
UUC Community Building, Lincolnville Center

Cost:
$20

Maximum Students:
Min. 6; Max.18

Description:
The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known summer resident of Maine. In this class we will investigate the reproductive and migratory life cycles of the Monarch, its anatomy, predation and diseases, current research findings, and learn about establishing habitat, butterfly triage, best rearing practices, and tagging.

This four-hour+ workshop will include in the field locating Monarchs and other species that live within milkweed patches.

Instructor:
Cyrene Slegona, MMNP South Paris grad

Requirements & Prerequisites:
Hand lens, paper and tools of your choice for observational drawings.
Container for collecting eggs, larva. USB pen drive to download workshop resources.

Registration Period:
Thru Wednesday, August 8

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Maine Bryophytes (liverworts & mosses)

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location:
TBD

Cost:
$15

Maximum students:
Min. 6; Max. 15

Description:
This somewhat technical workshop will focus on basic morphology, charismatic species (those easy to ID based on habitat & morphology), and interpretive topics. Essential terminology and bryophyte morphology will be explained indoors and with some specimens to start the day. Note that the vocabulary and taxonomy can be challenging for some participants.

After the introductory material, the course will move to the field. Participants can expect to learn to identify common and charismatic moss genera and species. Focus will be on naked eye or hand lens characters. Photography and/or collection of specimens is encouraged. Interpretive topics for various groups will also be presented in the field so that students can add to their bag of tricks.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
A 10X minimum hand lens is required. Ralph Pope’s recent book (or McKnight’s guide) will be helpful. Additional information relevant to the workshop will be available to participants through Jeff’s website, www.TheDigitalNaturalist.info.

Instructor:
Jeff Pengel, MMNP Lewiston grad

Registration Period:
Thru Wednesday, September 14

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The Fascinating Kingdom of Fungi

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 am – noon

Location:
Two-Echo Co-housing Community, Echo Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
(approx. 35 minutes from Lewiston, Augusta, and Portland)

Cost:
$15

Maximum students:
12

Description:
As a Maine Master Naturalist, you have become expert with many aspects of animals and plants, but did you know there’s another major kingdom of life that’s vital to the ecology? Did you know that 90% of the biomass of forest soils is fungi? Did you know that at least 90% of vascular land plants (including most of our forest trees) depend upon symbiotic fungi for their health and survival?

In this class, will learn about what makes fungi unique and special. We’ll discuss the vital ecological roles that fungi play, from being the primary decomposers of forest debris to the under-appreciated mycorrhizal symbiosis with plants.

This is a non-technical three-hour workshop, which will be split into two parts. The first half is an indoor presentation and discussion to give you a basic understanding of fungi and mushrooms. The second half is where the real fun begins, when we venture outside to discover evidence of fungi at work in the forest ecology. Among the things we’ll look for the following: mushrooms; “white” and “brown” wood rot; pileated woodpecker excavations; bird nesting cavities, Indian Pipe, and (if we are lucky), the seed pods of Lady’s Slippers. All of these things have remarkable stories to tell about fungi.

Requirements and Prerequisites:
Sturdy shoes for the hike, and your hand lens.

Instructor:
Alan Seamans, MMNP Lewiston grad

Registration Period:
Through Wednesday, October 3

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