The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat First at Penobscot Marine Museum
SEARSPORT – The Gulf of Maine is an important fish and mammal habitat. On Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m., Mark Dittrick will discuss the Gulf of Maine as a habitat: its past, present, and what might be its future. Mark Dittrick is the founding conservation chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada and spokesperson for North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON (Binational Early Alert Coastal Network), a joint Sierra Club U.S./Sierra Club Canada initiative that monitors coastal activities from Florida to Atlantic Canada. He is also a member of the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, co-chair of the Steering Committee for Right Whale World Year (2016) and a member of the editorial board of Right Whale News. In recent years his main focus has been monitoring plans for developing offshore renewable energy projects along the Atlantic Continental Shelf, especially in the Gulf of Maine. The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat First is part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fish, Wind, and Tide exhibit, and will be in the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over 50 programs and events this season. Its three-acre, 10-building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is open through Sunday, Oct. 19. Admission is free to Searsport residents.
Researchers document 15 years of vernal pool management
ORONO — A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) documents nearly 15 years of vernal pools research and management by the University of Maine’s Aram Calhoun, who is leading an interdisciplinary team at the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), a program of the Sen. George J. Mitchell Center.
In the article, published this week online at pnas.org, Calhoun and three co-authors analyze a timeline of action and scholarship that spans from 1999 to the present. In that time, the professor of wetland ecology and director of UMaine’s Ecology and Environmental Sciences program has collaborated closely with academic colleagues, government at all levels, nongovernmental organizations, landowners, developers and concerned citizens in an effort to create an environment in which these small but significant wetlands can flourish.
Adventure Briefs - 07/23/14
UMaine Extension workshop focuses on microscopes to detect animal parasites
FALMOUTH — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop for farmers on using microscopes to detect internal animal parasites Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.
Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch
NEW YORK - A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp.
Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?
UMaine scientists help create new pepper
Less pungent variety still source of health benefits
ORONO — A new pepper variety has been developed with a high capsinoid content to make it less pungent while maintaining all the natural health benefits of the fruit, according to researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine.
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