Monthly Speaker Series

  • The programs are open to the public. A $5.00 donation is suggested. The talks 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, March 14

Nancy Zane’s Favorite Local Paddles

Nancy Zane’s love and passion for the back country was ignited as a young child. She grew up playing in the woods & waters of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Since making Maine her home in 1983 she has spent all of her free time in either a boat, with skis on, on the rocks or in the mountains.

Professionally, she has been an outdoor educator and guide since the mid-1980’s  and has worked with groups from 6 – 66. Recently, she founded North Star Adventures, which is a culmination of skills and experience.  she also works part time at the Waldo /county Technical Center teaching Emergency Medicine.

Wednesday, April 11 

“Bat Exceptionalism: Prepare to Be in Awe of Bats”
presented by Annie Kassler.

Bats not only make vast ecological contributions to the health of the planet, their remarkable abilities and unique physiology may help unlock an assortment of medical mysteries that might one day benefit humans. From astounding skills, to highly evolved systems, to superior immunity, bats set the high bar and may hold the key to advancements in the study of cancer, aging and disease.  In addition to debunking old myths, Kassler will discuss bats worldwide, Maine bats, and White Nose Syndrome, the disease that is devastating bat populations throughout North America.

Annie Kassler of Maine Bat Education is a speaker with Bat Conservation International and recipient of the 2017 Award of Recognition from the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society for her work in bat education. With over 100 slides, her lively presentations have been popular throughout Maine.

Wednesday,May 9

“Down By The Old Mill Stream.”

In the first half of the 19th century Unity had a variety of mills of all sizes.  There were lumber mills, grist mills, tanneries, and woolen mills.  The Unity area was a hub of industry, but then what happened?

Pat Clark
Professor of Humanities
Unity College

Wednesday, June 13

Tom Aversa Talks Migratory Birds.

Wednesday, July 11

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, 
Maine Department of Marine Resources
Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat
172 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Coming up in the August –

Wednesday August 8
Walk and talk with Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist

Details still getting worked out but the idea is that Nancy would lead a short walk on Moultons Mill followed by a talk at 93 Main on the impact of plant communities.

Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist
Maine Natural Areas Program
Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
phone: 207-287-8046 / fax: 207-287-8040