Monthly Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 12.

“Hills-to-Sea Trail.” The 47-mile footpath is complete with an expected opening this spring. Join Buck O’Herin and Tom Mullin of the Waldo County Trails Coalition to learn about this new trail connecting Unity to Belfast.  Find out about the history and building of this inspiring project and how you can get involved to support this community resource.

Wednesday, May 10.

“Infestation: the Problem of Invasive Plants in Maine.” Ecologist Aleta McKeage of Belfast will discuss invasive plants, one of the primary threats to environmental health that we face today. Invasive plants take over natural areas, crowding out native species and changing wildlife habitats. We will learn which plants present the worst problems in our area, how to identify them, what they do to the ecosystem, and most importantly, how we can control them.  We will observe striking examples of invasive plant infestations as well as successful control management that is being employed to combat invasive plants locally. McKeage specializes in land stewardship and restoration integrated with outreach and community building. She is an expert in invasive plant biology and control and restoration of native plant communities in natural areas as well as human-influenced landscapes.

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.

The programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at  93 Main St., Unity. For more information, please contact or 948-3766.