A Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2016

Held June 2024 at Bearnstow
Download the 2016 Natural History Week full program (PDF)

Monday, June 20
Peter Warny, Wildlife Ecologist and Herpetologist, New York
     “Reptile Ecology Along the East Coast, USA”Download PDF flier

Pete Warny launched Natural His­tory Week with a hunt for reptiles and am­phibians and other critters, which in­cluded a trip to the horse stables, net­ting frogs and salaman­ders along Uncle Dan­iel's Brook, and seining for fish and inver­tebrates in the shallow water down at the bath­ing beach.

Photo by Anabel Sagrero

Tuesday, June 21:
Justin Waskiewicz, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources,
University of Vermont
     “Forests as Dynamic Ecological Systems”Download PDF flier

On the forest walk Justin Waskie­wicz explains the different strat­egies trees have developed to en­sure their suc­cess in the forest environment.

Photo by Anabel Sagrero

Wednesday, June 22:
Dan Miller, Northeast Climate Science Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
     “Climate Change in New England: A Long-term Perspective from Lakes”Download PDF flier

Driven inside by the rain, Dan Miller continued a question-and-answer and discussion session in the Main Hall.

Photo by Jonathan Trejo

Friday, June 24:
Kevin Doran, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service
     “Maine Woods: Finding the Right Balance”Download PDF flier

Kevin Doran (right) prepares to take a core sample from the trunk of a tree.

Photo by Dylan McLaughlin

Bearnstow lies on 65 acres of nearly pris­tine woodland alongside 2,400 feet of Parker Pond’s rocky shoreline. In a walk along the trails beside the lake and the brook, we can see a vast variety of vege­tationaccording to one state forester, “more than any other site I have visited.” Since 1922 the property’s natural environ­ment has been carefully protected, first by Colby College biology professor Web­ster Chester, and then by Bearnstow.

We have a registered State of Maine “Big Tree” (an Alle­ghany service berry), trail­ing arbutus, five kinds of native ever­greens visi­ble from one vista, rein­deer moss, and lichen once used to make lav­ender dye. Parker Pond’s pure water is phenome­nal: over the years it has never failed to test safe for drinking.