The Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2018 will be held during the week of June 1723.
Presenters will be announced in early 2018. In the meantime please review our 2017 and previous years’ programs.

A Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2017

Held June 2023, 26 and 30

Lecture Presentations and Nature Walks by Visiting Naturalists
Morning Lectures (10:30 a.m.) / Afternoon Nature Walks (1:30 p.m.)
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Tuesday, June 20:
Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Maine, Machias
     “Global Climate Change, Projections and Possibilities”Download PDF flyer

Eric Jones in forest walk with partici­pants Divyamaan Sahoo, Elizabeth Enfield, and Murray Campbell

Photo by Eliza Malecki

Thursday, June 22:
Justin Waskiewicz, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources,
University of Vermont
     “Forests as Dynamic Ecological Systems”Download PDF flyer

Justin Waskiewicz in forest walk with par­ticipants Molly Hess and Elizabeth Enfield

Photo by Eliza Malecki

Friday, June 23:
Kevin Doran, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service
     “Maine Woods: Finding the Right Balance”Download PDF flyer

Kevin Doran holding core sample with participants Marc Ferraro and Divyamaan Sahoo

Photo by Eliza Malecki

Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
Alene Onion, Invertebrate Biologist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
     “Parker Pond’s Animals Without Backbones”Download PDF Flyer

Alene Onion at the beach with children from the Day Camp program preparing to find invertebrate animals in the lake

Photo by Marc Ferraro

Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Scott, former aquatic biologist for the State of Maine
     “Climate Change and Habitat Fragmentation of Maine Bees”Download PDF Flyer

Left: Queen bee surrounded by workers
Photo by Matt Scott
Right: Typical Honey Bee

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.