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Speaker Series & Nature Events

Part of SRLT's mission is to bring people to nature and to educate a diverse group of people about the natural woods and waters around them.  Whether you enjoy a speaker talk or participate in a Nature Event you will enjoy educational experiences and have fun.   Please keep checking back for updates to this page!

Payment for events is on a sliding scale.  A suggested donation of $10 is recommended, but we won't turn anyone away.  We just request that you donate if it moves you to help us to continue to bring you nature-based events. We are building a page to provide PDFs of select presentations and additional resources here.

  • Understanding Land Surveying
    Understanding Land Surveying
    Wed, Apr 17
    Benton Grange Hall
    Apr 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Apr 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Professional land surveyor Frank Siviski will shed light on the seemingly mysterious world of boundary determinations and help landowners understand how surveys are created and how their goals shape the outcome.
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  • Alewife Printmaking & Sewing Party!
    Alewife Printmaking & Sewing Party!
    Sun, May 05
    Benton Grange Hall
    May 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    May 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Interested in learning about printmaking? Help us prepare celebratory fish flags for the Benton Alewife Festival.
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  • Bird Migration in Central Maine
    Bird Migration in Central Maine
    Thu, May 09
    Unity Community Center
    May 09, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    May 09, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Expert birder Tom Aversa will lead us in an evening of avian exploration as we learn when and where to find the diverse array of birds that rely on habitat within the Sebasticook River watershed.
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  • World Migratory Bird Day Walk at Rines Preserve
    World Migratory Bird Day Walk at Rines Preserve
    Sat, May 11
    Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve
    May 11, 2024, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve, Route 139, Unity, ME, USA
    May 11, 2024, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve, Route 139, Unity, ME, USA
    Celebrate World Bird Migration Day 2024 by joining Sebasticook Regional Land Trust for a walk through the Unity wetlands along the raised esker at the Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve.
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Past events

  • The State of Maine Rivers
    The State of Maine Rivers
    Mar 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Mar 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    It's been over 50 years since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, and we've seen the health of Maine's rivers improve. Dam removals and improved fish passageways have resulted in tremendous increases in sea-run fish populations and broad ecological benefits. But threats to Maine's rivers remain.
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  • Maine's State Heritage Fish Waters
    Maine's State Heritage Fish Waters
    Feb 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Newport, 154 Main St, Newport, ME 04953, USA
    Feb 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Newport, 154 Main St, Newport, ME 04953, USA
    Approximately 580 of Maine’s self-sustaining brook trout lakes and ponds are protected as State Heritage Fish Waters. A citizen-driven legislative action, the law prohibits stocking and the use of live fish as bait on so-designated waters. Presentation by Bob Mallard of the Native Fish Coalition.
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  • Volunteer Trail Workday at Kanokolus Bog Preserve
    Volunteer Trail Workday at Kanokolus Bog Preserve
    Jan 28, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Kanokolus Bog Preserve, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Jan 28, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Kanokolus Bog Preserve, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    The December and January storms have left many of our trails blocked with fallen trees and branches. Join us at our beautiful Kanokolus Bog Preserve to help us clear the loop trail, while enjoying time outdoors at one of our Forever Wild preserves.
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  • Balancing Solar Development & Farmland Protection
    Balancing Solar Development & Farmland Protection
    Jan 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Jan 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE & LOCATION Protecting farmland ensures that Maine can support a robust local and regional food system. With solar development expanding across the state, strategies that balance support for solar energy production with the need to protect farmland are increasingly important.
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  • Hartland Christmas Bird Count
    Hartland Christmas Bird Count
    Dec 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Saint Albans, St Albans, ME 04971, USA
    Dec 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Saint Albans, St Albans, ME 04971, USA
    Join SRLT for a Christmas Bird Count at one of two sites that we host in Unity and Hartland (or join us for both!). This annual tradition was started by the National Audubon Society in 1900 to record wintering birds.
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  • Unity Christmas Bird Count
    Unity Christmas Bird Count
    Dec 16, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity - Connor Mill Trailhead, 32 Main St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity - Connor Mill Trailhead, 32 Main St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Join SRLT for a Christmas Bird Count at one of two sites that we host in Unity and Hartland (or join us for both!). This annual tradition was started by the National Audubon Society in 1900 to record wintering birds.
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  • Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock in Maine
    Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock in Maine
    Dec 13, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Dec 13, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Todd Waldron, Regional Forester with the Ruffed Grouse Society, will present on the ecology and habitat needs of Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock and other wildlife dependent on young forest and early successional habitat, and a call for increasing forest diversity in Maine.
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  • Connor Mill Trail Work Day
    Connor Mill Trail Work Day
    Nov 19, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Connor Mill Trail, 32 Main St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Nov 19, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Connor Mill Trail, 32 Main St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    It's that time of year to make sure the bridges along the Connor Mill Trail are in place for the winter. The bridge over Bacon Brook will be removed, and others adjusted as necessary. We will also work on trail clearing and marking invasive species for removal.
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  • 2023 ANNUAL MEETING
    2023 ANNUAL MEETING
    Nov 16, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Nov 16, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Join SRLT for our 2023 Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Noah Perlut presenting on Community Farming and Grassland Birds and conservationist Buck O'Herin presenting on the importance of land conservation.
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  • Watershed Management in the Kennebec Water District
    Watershed Management in the Kennebec Water District
    Nov 15, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Nov 15, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    NEW DATE! The Kennebec Water District's Roger Crouse, General Manager, and Robbie Bickford, Water Quality Manager, will present on forest management designed to protect the health of China Lake as a municipal water supply, and future plans for the district.
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  • Moulton's Mill Preserve Trailwork Day
    Moulton's Mill Preserve Trailwork Day
    Oct 29, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Moulton's Mill Preserve, ME-139, Unity, ME, USA
    Oct 29, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Moulton's Mill Preserve, ME-139, Unity, ME, USA
    Join us at Moulton's Mill Preserve to improve the trails and enhance wildlife habitat by removing invasive honeysuckle along Twenty-five Mile Stream
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  • Why We Fly
    Why We Fly
    Oct 24, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St, Newport, ME 04953, USA
    Oct 24, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St, Newport, ME 04953, USA
    LightHawk volunteer pilots contribute countless hours and other resources to help organizations advance their land and wildlife conservation goals. Learn more about LightHawk's activities in Maine and beyond.
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  • The Maine Entomological Society and Why Would Anyone be Interested in Bugs?
    The Maine Entomological Society and Why Would Anyone be Interested in Bugs?
    Oct 18, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Oct 18, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Geologist and insect-lover Bob Nelson will introduce us to the Maine Entomological Society and the fascinating world of insects in Maine.
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  • Avenza Maps Workshop
    Avenza Maps Workshop
    Oct 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity Library, 38 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Oct 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity Library, 38 School St, Unity, ME 04988, USA
    Learn how to use the free, downloadable Avenza Maps app to mark trails, navigate woodlands, follow and track boundaries - there are many ways to use this app to help with land stewardship or for recreational trail use!
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  • Wild Mind, Wild Heart: Nature Walk at Pleasant Lake Preserve
    Wild Mind, Wild Heart: Nature Walk at Pleasant Lake Preserve
    Oct 14, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Pleasant Lake Preserve, 144 Lakins Rd, Stetson, ME 04488, USA
    Oct 14, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Pleasant Lake Preserve, 144 Lakins Rd, Stetson, ME 04488, USA
    Join SRLT and Peter Wohl, author of Wild Mind, Wild Heart: Discover Your True Self in Nature, Registered Maine Guide and spiritual director at Treetop Zen Center for a meditative tour at our beautiful Pleasant Lake Preserve.
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  • TRAIL WORKDAY
    TRAIL WORKDAY
    Sep 17, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Richardson Memorial Preserve, Stevens Rd, Unity, ME, USA
    Sep 17, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Richardson Memorial Preserve, Stevens Rd, Unity, ME, USA
    Join us at the beautiful Richardson Memorial Preserve to help maintain our new trail and push back the invasive honeysuckle that is impacting wildlife habitat on the preserve.
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  • Trail Workday at the Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve and Moulton's Mill Preserve
    Trail Workday at the Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve and Moulton's Mill Preserve
    Aug 27, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity, ME-139, Unity, ME, USA
    Aug 27, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Unity, ME-139, Unity, ME, USA
    Join us at Rines Wetlands and Wildlife Preserve and Moulton's Mill Preserve to help clear trails and remove invasive plants at these beautiful properties!
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  • Stories from the Field: Working as a Wildlife Biologist in Maine
    Stories from the Field: Working as a Wildlife Biologist in Maine
    Aug 16, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Aug 16, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Benton Grange Hall, 29 River Rd, Benton, ME 04901, USA
    Being a wildlife biologist is a highly sought-after profession and career, attracting many individuals who have an interest and love for wildlife, enjoy outdoor recreation, and prefer to spend their days among the trees.
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