One of the many exciting activities during BikeMaine is The Nature Conservancy’s speaker series. At 4:00 p.m. on three nights, you can unwind from a day of riding by sitting back and learning about the Maine environment from an expert. We’d love to see you at any, or all three, of these excellent talks from The Nature Conservancy!
On Monday, September 8, at the YMCA Camp in Winthrop, Joshua Royte will lead a talk titled, “Connecting Maine’s rivers and streams: the wonder of migration and what Maine is doing to restore migratory fish.”Josh is a Conservation Scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Maine. He leads much of The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s watershed level planning to determine the best ways to restore migratory fish species (those that move between the ocean and fresh water). This spring, Josh helped organize the World Fish Migration Day, which was celebrated with over 255 events in 47 countries around the world. Josh will speak to all the tremendous efforts going on around the state’s communities to restore migratory fish to their former abundance in Maine.
On Thursday, September 11, in Boothbay, Michael Tetreault will speak about, “The Gulf of Maine: working with Maine’s fishermen to sustain our ground fishing industry for economy and environment.” Mike is the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine and also works around the globe to support efforts to protect lands and restore fisheries. Mike has a deep passion for working with natural resource users to solve some of the globe’s biggest challenges. Mike will talk about the Conservancy’s efforts to restore groundfish to the Gulf of Maine – one of the most productive marine systems in the world.
On Friday, September 12, at the YMCA in Bath, Carrie Kinne and Kate Dempsey will lead a talk about, “Merrymeeting Bay: the confluence of two rivers, an ecological and cultural history.” Carrie Kinne joined the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) in October 2008 as Executive Director. Ms. Kinne has closed on nine land projects and has overseen over $100,000 of stewardship projects improving visitor access to and enjoyment of lands with public access. In 2012, Ms. Kinne received a Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for her “…unmatched passion and commitment to the Kennebec Estuary in Maine.”
Kate Dempsey is The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s Director of External Affairs, Kate oversees partnerships and policy development and its implementation in Maine. Much of her day time work involves working closely with Maine’s Congressional Delegation to encourage their support of Nature Conservancy priorities such as passing federal budgets that support conservation and making our communities more resilient to the impacts from climate change. (Kate will speak in back with Carrie Kinne (see above) and introduce the other speakers.)
Carrie Kinne and Kate Dempsey will speak about the ecological history of the Kennebec Estuary and Merrymeeting Bay, the fantastic record of conservation and what it means for the communities that lie within these beautiful natural areas.