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 Maines 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 Englands 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 Ponds Animals Without Backbones Download PDF Flier
Alene Onion, with the children from Day Camp, helps the group find macro-invertebrate critters at the camps beach at Bearnstow.
Photo by Peter Kyle
Bearnstow lies on 65 acres of nearly pristine woodland alongside 2,400 feet of Parker Ponds 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 Ive visited. Since 1922 the propertys 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 Ponds pure water is phenomenal: over the years it has never failed to test safe for drinking.