Monthly Speaker Series

The programs are open to the public. A $5.00 donation is suggested. They take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity. For more information, please contact or 948-3766.

Wednesday, June 14.

“Lessons from Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center: A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine.” Laura Suomi-Lecker, education and outreach coordinator, will discuss common reasons why birds are admitted to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom and what citizens can do to help our local birds.  We’ll discuss the facilities and recent cases at Avian Haven.  2016 admissions include orphaned and injured eagles, owls, hawks, water birds, including gannets, loons, guillemots, petrels, and ducks, and many species of songbirds.   Laura Suomi-Lecker is the education and outreach coordinator and long-time volunteer with Avian Haven and also the Technical Director at Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, where she does a variety of bird-related education and outreach.

Wednesday July 12

Native and Invasive Water Plants
John McPhedran of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will join the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on July 12 to discuss native and invasive aquatic plants.
No one has their eye on aquatic plant communities like McPhedran. As the DEP’s Invasive Unit Leader, he has spent a career investigating threats to aquatic ecosystems and educating citizens on how to stop or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. McPhedran’s engaging and interactive presentation will include samples of native plants and invasives. A slide presentation and hands-on workshop will help everyday paddlers identify and be able to weed out unwelcome aquatic invasives.

This event pairs well with another upcoming SRLT event. A community paddle scheduled for July 22 at the Stetson Preserve will have aquascopes on hand to help participants view aquatic plants and the rich natural ecosystems in which they thrive. Sign-up for the paddle is requested.

Wednesday, August  9.

 “What’s the Buzz About Bees?”

Talk description: What types of bees are found in Maine? Why are some bee species in decline? What can we do to protect bee populations in Maine? What plants encourage bees in our landscapes?  Jennifer’s talk will focus on understanding basic bee biology, nesting requirements, and foraging behavior in order to answer these and many other common questions about bees.

Bio: Jennifer Lund is the State Apiculturist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.  The Apiary program helps prevent the introduction and spread of regulated honey bee diseases, parasites, and undesirable genetic material in resident and migratory honey bee colonies. It also helps facilitate the movement of honey bees for crop pollination and honey production.  Jennifer Lund has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Maine and almost 20 years of entomological experience.  Jennifer is passionate about honeybee health and helping beekeepers succeed.  Aside from managing the honeybee inspection program and helping Maine beekeepers, Jennifer also has several of her own hives that she maintains on her farm in Arglye Township, Maine.