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, October 11

“Maine Land Use Issues  for Climate Change”

“What will happen to Maine’s land and ocean resources as climate changes in the twenty-first century? What likely climate scenarios are there for Maine? What will most likely happen to our weather and to sea level? How should we best respond? What mitigation and adaptation strategies are most likely to work? In fisheries? In forestry and agriculture? Which ones are likely to lead to yet more problems down the road?”

Dr. Michael Womersley, Professor of Human Ecology/ School of Environmental Citizenship at Unity College
Mick has a PhD in Environmental Policy Analysis from the University of Maryland Policy School,. He focused on US cultural acceptance of climate policy. His current research is in the political economy and geopolitics of climate change and he uses classical and modern political economy to analyze climate scenarios and policy preferences.

Wednesday, November 8

“Monitoring Maine’s Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders”

In Spring 2016, five Great Blue Herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti!  Hear about herons and the project from Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past nine years. In 2016 she incorporated students from eight schools in the tagging effort and hopes to get students of all ages across the state following Maine’s Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds’ habits and the wetlands they depend on. She will present the results from the heron movement data collection, and how it ties in with what we have learned thus far about the natural history and current status of Maine’s Great Blue Heron population.

Danielle D’Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine’s coast.

(Working on December and January -stay tuned)

Wednesday, February 7

Diadromous fish of the Kennebec River Basin:  A look into the past, present and future of these species in central Maine.
This talk will explore the history of Diadromous fish in the Kennebec River basin in central Maine.  An emphasis will be placed on fisheries restoration work.

Nate Gray, veteran fisheries specialist at the Department of Marine Resources. His specialties are stock enhancement, alewife, and shad.  Nate is well known to SRLT as a founding member of the Alewife Restoration Initiative  and as the wise guru of all things alewife.