Peatlands of Maine field trip offered at Orono Bog

Posted May 07, 2013, at 1:26 p.m.
Last modified May 08, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
Orono Bog Walk
Orono Bog Walk

Friday, May 24 to Saturday, May 25, 2013; 6:30 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Maine

Contact: Staff at FPAC; 989-2591


Come explore these unique ecosystems through a two-part program that combines an evening presentation with a hands-on field trip to the magnificent Orono Bog. Learn about the role of peatlands in the biosphere and investigate the Orono Bog from top to bottom (including collecting peat samples from 20 feet under the boardwalk). The presentation the evening before the field trip will cover the basic ecology of peatlands (wetlands that are underlain by peat, including bogs and fens), and will illustrate the various kinds of peatlands, their distribution in Maine and elsewhere, and the important ecological roles they play both locally and globally.

Leader: Ron Davis, Professor Emeritus, School of Biology & Ecology, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

Friday, May 24, 6:30-8 p.m. & Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: $10/member, $15/nonmember. Advance registration required. Please call 989-2591 or register online at Limited to 12 people.