EDUCATION AND LEARNING

SPOTLIGHT ON CONSERVING VERNAL POOLS

Posted Nov. 25, 2012, at 3:53 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME

For more information: Cloe Chunn; 338-1147; belfastbaywatershed.org

Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 pm.

Join us at the Belfast Library for a program about vernal pools, “Community-Based Conservation of Vernal Pools,” presented by Dr. Aram Calhoun, Director of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program and Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine.

Dr. Calhoun has been researching vernal pool and wetland ecology and active in management and policy development in New England for over 20 years. During this time her lab has produced over 30 peer-reviewed publications specifically on vernal pool ecology and policy in collaboration with 16 graduate students. She co-edited and co-authored the seminal book on vernal pool conservation, Science and conservation of vernal pools in the glaciated Northeast, and has developed three vernal pool conservation and management manuals for non-scientists, and worked with stakeholders organizing over 100 vernal pool workshops for development and forestry interests and for local governments. Her work and participation in state politics culminated in the passing of the strongest vernal pool legislation in the U.S. (Maine, 2006) and incorporation of her management guidelines into federal regulations for the New England region.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition plans regular outings to familiarize the public with the beauty and unusual features of the Belfast Bay’s watershed, as well as neighboring conservation properties. The watershed covers 69,657 acres and is comprised of four smaller watersheds: the Little River, the Passagassawakeag River, the Wescott Stream and the Goose River. It includes all or parts of Brooks, Frankfort, Knox, Morrill, Northport, Searsport, Swanville and Waldo as well as the City of Belfast.

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