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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)
UUC Community Building, Lincolnville Center
Min. 6; Max.18
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.
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.
Thru Wednesday, August 8
Maine Bryophytes (liverworts & mosses)
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Min. 8; Max. 20
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.
Jeff Pengel, MMNP Lewiston grad
Thru Wednesday, September 5
The Fascinating Kingdom of Fungi
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 am – noon
Two-Echo Co-housing Community, Echo Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
(approx. 35 minutes from Lewiston, Augusta, and Portland)
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.
Alan Seamans, MMNP Lewiston grad
Through Wednesday, October 3