Learn more about the natural environment and environmental challenges along the BikeMaine 2013 route. The Nature Conservancy (a BikeMaine 2013 partner) will be conducting three informal and very informative presentations during BikeMaine 2013. Presenters with subject area expertise will orient riders to the unique natural features along the route and associated environmental issues. Each 30-minute presentation (with opportunity for questions and answers) will be conducted in the afternoon within BikeMaine Village. Exact times to be announced during the ride.
The schedule below gives hint to the variety of topics to be covered and qualifications of those presenting. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Maine from the ground (and sea beds) up.
September 8: Dover-Foxcroft —Bucky Owen, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine, Orono, and recipient of the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s highest award for conservation
Subjects: Penobscot River Restoration , Bald Eagle Restoration, Maine Island Sea Birds, American Chestnut Restoration
September 10: Castine—John Sowles (served as Director of Ecology at Maine Department of Marine Resources and was an Aquatic Ecologist between Maine and Peru, ensuring that science and communities are integrated into natural resource policy)
Subjects: Gulf of Maine (topics relating to restoring ground fish stocks, restoring near shore habitat, stream connectivity, sustainable fishing gear and practices, etc)
September 13: Camp Jordan, Ellsworth—George Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change with the University of Maine, Orono, and Maine State Climatologist
Subjects: Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, Carbon Offset Projects, etc