A Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2020

The 2020 presentations have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2019 Natural History Week was held June 1621, and July 1
Review the presenters and topics below and download 2019 Program Flier (PDF)


Sunday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Community Center
Monday, June 17, 10:30 a.m., Bearnstow on Parker Pond
Nicole Rogers, Assistant Professor of Forestry, University of Maine, Fort Kent
     “Maine Forests: Past, Present and Future”Download PDF Flier


Nicole Rogers, in her lecture, discussed the evolution of Maine’s forests through present day as well as the challenges and opportunities moving forward. Pictured here Nicole, right, points out a special tree identification feature on the woods walk at Bearnstow.

Photo by Kei Ching




Monday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Community Center
Mike Retelle, Professor of Geology, Bates College
     “Long term Climate History Archived in the Sediment Record of Basin Pond, Fayette, Maine”
           — Download PDF Flier


Mike Retelle, in his lecture,discussed his research in Basin Pond. Pictured here, his colleagues Dan Miller (in the water), Helen Habicht and Ben Keisling collect water samples using sediment traps in Basin Pond in September 2015. These water samples are analyzed to look at the productivity and biodiversity at different depths in the lake.



Tuesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Community Center
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m., Bearnstow on Parker Pond
Ted Elliman, Plant Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, Massachusetts
     “Exploring the Flora of Central Maine Forest Communities”Download PDF Flier


In his evening lecture, Ted Elliman re­viewed the vast variety of New England’s wildflowers. Pictured right: Ted on the woods walk to investsigate the variety of flora of the Bearnstow forest.

Photo by Kei Ching



Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Community Center
Thursday, June 20, 10:30 a.m., Bearnstow on Parker Pond
Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Maine, Machias
     “Digitizing Natural History”Download PDF Flier


Eric Jones, right, demonstrates the Libraries of Life app to facinated Artist Resi­dents: Standing: Laura Miola and Lucas Rollins-Page; Seated: Kei Ching, Emily Ancona, Chino Mendoza, and Liam Shaffer.

Photo by Ron Schwizer



Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Community Center
Wednesday, August 21, 10:00 a.m., Bearnstow on Parker Pond
Morten Moesswilde, Acting Field Team Leader and District Forester, Maine Forest Service
     “Woodland Stewardship: Principles and Practices”Download PDF Flier



Morten Moesswilde, in his lecture, covered the duties of a District Forester in Maine. Picture here, Morten, left, leads a recent forest walk during winter.


Monday, July 1, 10:30 a.m., Bearnstow on Parker Pond
Alene Onion, Invertebrate Biologist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
     “Parker Pond’s Animals Without Backbones”Download PDF Flier


Alene Onion, with the children from Day Camp, helps the group find macro-inver­tebrate critters at the camp’s beach at Bearnstow.

Photo by Peter Kyle



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’ve 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.